Phoenix face lift will attract residents and travelers to high end location

Downtown Phoenix is getting a makeover with an addition of two new high rise buildings, just a little over a year after the $500 million CityScape project was completed. Real estate in Phoenix is becoming increasingly more sought after in light of new entertainment, dining and retail options.

CityScape, a luxury building situated  in the middle of downtown, features 620,000 square feet of office and retail space with high class, modern amenities. The city’s plan to host the 2015 Super Bowl was a factor in creating state-of-the-art amenities. The building offers entertainment and community events, including free hot yoga classes by local instructors in the summer. The building also has many dining options that include national chains and local eateries.

The new additions to Phoenix’s skyline show positive signs in an area hit hard by the recession in 2008. CityScape’s beautiful interior and exterior offer attractions that will delight residents and tourists alike. Some of the building’s high-tech features include a payment system for parking that can be used on a visitor’s smartphone and electric car charging stations.

“Throughout the development of CityScape, we’ve integrated green building practices and sustainable technologies. Installing downtown’s first electric charging station is a natural and exciting next step to promote clean energy,” Jeff Moloznik, general manager of CityScape said.

For added convenience, CityScape is bordered by the city’s new light rail train system that will take visitors to all the main attractions around town. It is also surrounded by places to go like the US Airways Center, Chase Field and the Phoenix Convention Center. Phoenix City Hall and the Maricopa County administrative and court complex is also nearby. In addition, one of the state’s most attractive institutions, Arizona State University’s downtown campus, is just around the corner.

Two additional retail and office buildings are currently in the works for First and Washington streets. Originally, the project was set to complement CityScape, but now officials are hope for a vote change, which will allow the complex to include one 27-story building along with another smaller structure with a new surface parking lot. The larger of the two will feature 12,500 square feet of retail space and 500,000 square feet of Class A office space.

Contractors are struggling to make final decisions on details of construction, but officials say the project will be built by 2016.