X Phoenix (200 Monroe) – Update #1

The 200 Monroe project is now under construction, and the project’s name is officially ‘X Phoenix’.

Chicago-based PMG Group is building a 1.2 million square foot, 23-floor residential facility on the 2-acre site located on the Southwest corner of 2nd Avenue and Van Buren, just blocks from the ASU Downtown campus. The new property will be part of PMG’s ‘X’ brand.

‘PMGx Social Communities’ is an sub-brand of PMG aimed squarely at Millennials, and its properties offer a more communal-style of living that places a strong emphasis on shared spaces. When it opens around Fall 2021, the Phoenix location will be the newest and third-largest of 9 ‘X’ communities around the country, including 4 in Florida, 2 in Chicago, 1 in Denver, and 1 in Oakland, CA.

The finished structure will include 553 residential units, just under 1000 parking spaces, about 46,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space,  and rise to 279 feet, according to documents obtained through a public information request.

The project will feature a very large amenities deck that includes a giant hot tub and pool, outdoor bar and lounge, performance stage, and lawn. Other amenities will include a coworking lab, gym, fitness studio and ‘sky dog park’, according to the company’s website.

Currently, the parking structures on the 2-acre lot are all demolished, along with an old auto-servicing building, and the parking lot is in the process of being removed.

The City of Phoenix also operates a live webcam that provides a decent view of the lot.

Block 23 – Update #1

The construction at Block 23 continues. The structure was ‘topped off’ at the end of January as it reached its ultimate height of 17 stories or about 230 feet. Workers have begun to affix finishing materials to the exterior of the lower levels and frame out the interior areas.

Currently-announced tenants include a Fry’s marketplace, which will represent Phoenix’s first modern downtown grocery store, 20,000 square feet for accounting firm Ernst & Young, and nearly 7,000 square feet for ‘Blanco Tacos & Tequila’, a restaurant concept from local restaurateur Sam Fox.

Construction is expected to conclude by the end of this year.
When complete, the building will include:

    • 330 Apartments
    • 203,000 Square feet of office space
    • 18,000 Square feet for retail/restaurant
    • 60,000 Square feet of grocery (Fry’s)

A Construction Webcam is available here.

New Project: AC Marriott at Arizona Center

The Project

The Arizona Center is building a new hotel. Construction is due to begin this year on a new 14-story, 200-room AC Marriott Hotel which will be located at 414 North 5th Street. The hotel, designed by California-based AXIS/GFA Architecture, is due to be about 152 feet tall according to an FAA building height review. This project is one of many big updates and recent changes to the Arizona Center, including a large recently-completed renovation and a planned residential tower.

Variances Denied

The developers for this project had applied for a variance to increase the distance of their building from the sidewalk from 10 feet to nearly 50 feet. This variance was initially approved by the city, but overturned on appeal due opposition from local urban advocates. The Urban Phoenix Project’s Sean Sweat and another man, Mr. Mike Angulo, opposed the variances, arguing that large building setbacks essentially create a dead spot on the sidewalk that detracts from the street’s walkability and urban appeal, which the city’s setback requirements had been intended to promote. Additionally, Mr. Sweat argued that the requested variances did not meet the statutory requirements for approval. The Adjustment board agreed with these positions and denied the variance, sending the developer back to the drawing board to create a more walkable design.

The Project Continues

Despite the setback, this project appears to still be moving along. Filings with the city as recently at February 26th indicate continued activity on the project. PHX Rising Blog has submitted a public records request to obtain any updated designs or plans regarding this project.

These renderings included with this post were submitted with the project as originally designed, and do not reflect anything done by the developer in response to the denied variances.

Aspire Fillmore – Update #1

I received back my public records request and am able to update several points of information regarding this project, which is actually called Aspire Fillmore.

Aspire Fillmore will be a single 17-story, mixed-use structure located on the Northeast corner of 3rd Avenue and Fillmore. The building will rise to about 240 feet and provide 254 units of residential living space situated above 281 parking units and 3,400 sq. ft. of ground-level restaurant space.

The design of the building looks very similar to that of The Stewart, which was also designed by the same firm (CCBG Architects) and is nearing completion just a few blocks away.

BFL Construction appears to be the builder for this project, and construction is scheduled to begin in early 2019.

Kenect Phoenix – Update #1

Kenect Phoenix has officially commenced construction. The fencing around the project has been expanded to include Polk street, which is now closed between Central and 1st Avenue. The parking lot has also been demolished, and excavation equipment is on site.

The mixed use live/work/play project, developed by Akara Partners and built by UEB Builders, is estimated to be complete around Fall 2019, reach approximately 280 feet, and add 320 new residential units to the heart of Downtown Phoenix.

This construction project has a webcam that can be accessed here.

New Project: Duo on Fillmore

Duo on Fillmore is a multifamily residential complex planned for the Northeast corner of 3rd Avenue and Fillmore. The project, proposed by Scottsdale-based Aspirant development, appears to consist mainly of two towers of different heights. One 14 story, 198-unit apartment building and another 17 story building to the North with an unspecified number of units.

Aspirant Development is the same development company behind The Stewart (originally Circles on Central), currently under construction nearby at Central and McKinley. 

This project is one of several developments planned for the area immediately to the West of Central Ave in Downtown, including The Fillmore and the HB Monroe tower.

It’s unclear whether this project will have any retail or commercial/office components, and no renderings are available yet. 

New Project: The Central Park

Phoenix, meet your newest mega-project!

Pivotal Group, a private equity firm based in Phoenix, is seeking to develop a 2.3 million square foot project on a vacant 15-acre lot on the Northeast corner of Central & Indian School (4141 N 3rd Street). If early documents are any indicator, the project is very ambitious. The proposal, filed with the City of Phoenix in late October, outlines a “high intensity, walkable urban mixed-use development” consisting of 8 large towers with heights up to 390 feet, all perched atop a massive 60 foot tall ‘podium’ that would create an elevated park, conceal parking, provide space for retail, and create a pedestrian ‘canyon’ between the buildings leading from the intersection of Central & Indian School towards Steele Indian School Park.

The plan includes the following:

  • Two Office towers on the main corner will reach 250 feet and 280 feet tall, and provide 760,000 total square feet of office space.
  • A 200-room hotel will sit along the South edge of the property and will rise to 200 feet.
  • Three additional towers, each rising from a single larger structure connecting them all, will sit on the East edge alongside Indian School Park. These towers will provide a total of 250 residential units and reach 200 feet.
  • Finally, two freestanding residential towers located at the North end of the property will provide another 400 residential units for a combined total of 650 units. These towers will cap the property at 390 feet tall.
  • Between all the structures, retail/restaurant space lands at 170,000 square feet. Parking lands at 4308 spaces. 

The plan is still very much subject to change and the project must still clear a design review, a rezoning, and obtain variances for the height and frontage style. If constructed as currently planned, The Central Park would be one of Phoenix’s largest developments and also one of its tallest. Currently, 44 Monroe stands as Phoenix’s tallest residential tower at 380 ft. No timeline is yet stated for the project. 

New Project: Collier Center Tower


  • Project Name: Residence at Collier Center
  • Location: NW Corner of 3rd Street & Jefferson (201 E. Washington St.)
  • Type: Mixed-Use
  • Status: Proposed Construction (Expected commencement Q1 2019)
  • Expected Completion: Q4, 2020
  • Last Update: 6-Nov-2018
  • Developer: Hines
  • Builder: ?
  • Design: SmithGroup

Project Details

    • 25 story tower
    • 379 Condominiums including 125 2-bed units, 179 1-bed units, and 75 studio apartments
    • 2,800 square foot fitness center, Community Kitchen, elevated courtyard with pool and private seating, firepits
    • 10,000 square feet of existing office space will be renovated
    • 5700 square feet of retail space will be added

A full press release concerning this project can be found here.

Additional Concept Rendering:

Project Profile: Cambria Hotel


  • Project Name: Cambria Hotel
  • Location: 222 E. Portland Street, Phoenix, AZ
  • Type: Hotel
  • Status: Under Construction
  • Expected Completion: Late 2019
  • Last Update: 26-Oct-2018
  • Developer: True North Studio
  • Builder: UEB Builders

Project Details

  • 127-room luxury hotel
  • This will be the third Cambria Hotel in Phoenix
  • Located in the Evans Churchill Neighborhood
  • Amenities to include:
    • Spa-style bathrooms
    • Fitness center
    • Onsite dining with specialty beers and cocktails
    • Rooftop pool and bar
    • Multi-function meeting space
  • Project Webcam: https://ueb.net/webcam47.html

Project Profile: Kenect Phoenix


  • Project Name: Kenect
  • Location: 355 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ
  • Type: Mixed-Use (Residential/Retail)
  • Status: Under Construction
  • Expected Completion: Fall 2019
  • Last Update: 26-Oct-2018
  • Developer: Akara Partners
  • Builder: UEB Builders

Project Details

  • 23 Stories (285 feet est.)
  • 320 Residential Units (Studio to 3-bed)
  • 8,000 Square Ft. Ground Floor Retail
  • Amenities to include a fitness center as well as a rooftop deck with a swimming pool, fire pits, and grill area.