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When folks learn that I work for Downtown Phoenix one of three questions follows without exception:
1) What’s with the glowing uterus in Civic Space Park? *
2) Can you get me free tickets to [fill in the blank]? **
3) When does CityScape open?
Let’s address that third question now.
In case the aggressive construction has eluded you, CityScape is a pretty big deal, both in size and its significance to Downtown. The mixed-use complex covers two lineal blocks in the heart of Downtown Phoenix and combines residential, office, retail, entertainment and public space with the total area of over 1,000,000 square feet.
As for when CityScape “opens,” the updated schedule is looking like this:
APRIL: Firms will soon be moving into the office tower at Central Avenue and Washington. Also, the construction team will complete an 80-foot long elevated pedestrian bridge crossing above Central and connecting to the new Patriots Square Park and CityScape’s retail by month’s end.
MAY: Gold’s Gym to open.
JUNE: Landscaping of Patriots Square Park to be completed.
JULY: Opening of hipster-friendly Urban Outfitters and Lucky Strike Bowling, plus Designer District, CVS pharmacy, Republic of Couture and Press Coffee.
SEPTEMBER: Oakville Grocery to open.
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER: Chef Aaron May to open a noodle bar and small Taqueria, La Grande Orange owners to open Public House, plus The Breakfast Club and a Sam Fox chop house to make debuts.
2011: BluBurger Grille and Cherry on Top yogurt to open.
Late 2011: 240-room Palomar hotel to open.
* “Her Secret Is Patience” is public art and I happen to like “her” very much, especially when lit up at night.
** I can’t get you seats to Lady GaGa, but if you become a Fan of Downtown Phoenix on Facebook your chances at winning cool stuff goes up exponentially