Arizona Center Announces Makeover

October 26, 2016

Parallel Capital Partners to Upgrade Phoenix’s Original Downtown Destination

Arizona Center, Phoenix’s original downtown entertainment destination located at 3rd St. and Van Buren, will undergo a significant transformation. Acquired by Parallel Capital Partners and Angelo, Gordon & Co. in December 2015, the new Arizona Center will embark on a $25 million makeover in 2017.

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

Scheduled to break ground in early 2017, the project will take approximately nine months to complete. All current tenants will remain open during the renovation.

Arizona Center Visitors will now have the option to use the new valet parking entrance on 3rd St. between Van Buren and Fillmore.

The focus of the concept is to take the current introverted space and open it to the surrounding streets and the urban neighborhood, creating a more interactive and spontaneous experience that connects to the existing fabric of downtown Phoenix. Specific transformative elements of the the one million-square-foot multi-use project include site furnishings, shade structures, landscape, lighting, new materials, fixtures and finishes, wayfinding, and branded signage features. In addition, the current parking garage at 4th and Fillmore streets will be upgraded and a valet parking element will be added on 3rd St., between Van Buren and Fillmore streets.“Adding more points of entry such as valet

“Adding more points of entry such as valet parking, will allow visitors, workers, students, and downtown residents to access shops and restaurants with ease, and will create a more dynamic experience once there,” added Root.

The joint venture of Parallel Capital Partners and Angelo, Gordon & Co. paid $126 million for the 16-acre multi-use complex with entitlements for an additional 3.9 million square feet of improvements.

Other developable sites on the property will potentially to double the density and vibrancy of the center and may include a hotel, office and retail space, education buildings, multi-family housing, and other community spaces.

The architect for the project is Gensler, the world’s leading collaborative design firm. PdO is working on the interior redesign for One Arizona Center and Smith Group JJR is supporting development strategies for the entire property. The branding and PR firm is Tempe, Ariz.-based, Zion & Zion.