Downtown Phoenix will receive hundreds of residential and student housing


In fast-growing Phoenix, Arizona, a transit-oriented development called Central Station will be adjacent to Arizona State University’s downtown Phoenix campus. The one-million-square-foot mixed-use development will include two residential towers, 30,000 square feet of food-focused retail space, 70,000 square feet of office space and two levels of underground parking with 430 places.

Scheduled to open in 2024, Central Station will merge with the main downtown bus and light rail transit hub, which serves 2 million passengers a year. It will also connect to the city’s Civic Space Park in a unified public space.

One tower, a 22-storey student housing building, will be fully furnished and will include 655 beds. Its diverse range of residential options equipped with smart technologies will range from micro-studios to four-bedroom units, catering to undergraduate and graduate students as well as young professionals. The second building, a 33-story residential tower, will feature 362 units and will be fully equipped with smart technologies.

“At GMH, we are actively seeking opportunities to expand our footprint and develop Class A smart apartment communities across the country,” GMH Chief Development Officer Steve Behrle said in a statement. “With Central Station, our plan is to transform downtown Phoenix, providing students and the local workforce with the housing needed to support their unique ways of life: to live, work, play, learn and s ‘flourish’.

“Central Station will be a dynamic and pedestrian-friendly addition to downtown Phoenix with its densely landscaped walkways,” Monzer Hourani, CEO of Medistar, added in a statement. “Its connection to Civic Space Park will provide another amenity bringing people together to experience events, restaurants, music and green spaces.”

Central Station is a public-private partnership, with the City of Phoenix retaining ownership of the land and development partners entering into a long-term lease for the project.

Developers: Medistar Corporation, GMH Communities, CBRE Investment Management

Design Architect and Reference Architect: Gould Evans

MEP Engineer: Henderson Engineers

Structural engineer: Meyer Borgman Johnson

General contractor/construction manager: Layton Construction

Breezeway View Courtesy of Gould Evans.
Central Station North Drive View
Courtesy of Gould Evans.
View of the edge of the central street
Courtesy of Gould Evans.

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