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Arizona Center plans $25m design refresh

The multi-million dollar renovations look to bring in Arizonans and tourists alike

Austin Bell, Technology Editor, Puma Press

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The Arizona Center, a shopping and office complex located in downtown Phoenix, is being prepped for a $25 million makeover. The project, which is scheduled to begin in early 2017, will take nine months to complete and is looking to refresh the current landscape of the shopping district downtown. The Arizona Center, as described on its own website, is the heartbeat of downtown Phoenix. “It’s where entertainment, shopping, events, dining and prime office space create a unique, centralized hub for all that downtown has to offer. It’s one of Phoenix’s ‘Points of Pride’ as suggested by the public and chosen by the Phoenix Pride Commission.”

The Arizona Center encapsulates a multitude of retail and restaurant spaces such as Subway, and Starbucks. Also, there are many sports arenas, theaters and museums such as the Herberger Theater, Crescent Ballroom, Chase Field and Talking Stick Resort Arena (formerly known as the US Airways Center).

In a press release, Matt Root, managing partner for Parallel Capital Partners, stated, “The Arizona Center refresh will create a new model for office, retail and entertainment in the Southwest representing a new era for downtown Phoenix. The plans will inspire a true sense of place that is relevant and fulfilling for everyone who visits, works or plays there.”

This comes just a year after Parallel Capital Partners purchased the Arizona Center for $126 million. The new refresh will also encompass new transformative elements such as site furnishings, shade structures, landscape and lighting materials.

Arizona Center opened in the fall of 1990 with high expectations, as it was considered one of the original components of the ongoing downtown revitalization efforts taking place in Phoenix since the early 1990s. The $25 million refresh looks to be the next step to bring more people into the downtown space. It represents a revitalized modern design in the 21st Century and a place to connect for Arizona residents and tourists alike in the future.

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