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Seeds of hotelier development to sprout at burgeoning Phoenix Park Central

Photo of Hotel Development coming to Park Central Phoenix
The latest graphic renderings of pending Park Central Phoenix hotel projects.
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Plaza and Holualoa companies move forward with Hilton hotels

Staff Reports | Digital Free Press

Announced yesterday, a dual-branded Home2 Suites/Tru by Hilton hotels will add 207 total guest rooms to the Park Central property, spanning five stories and covering a total of 105,000 square feet of space. Construction is set to begin before the end of the year.

Plaza Companies and Tucson’s Holualoa Companies have teamed up to redevelop Park Central into a vibrant destination, which once was the city’s first official large-scale shopping mall. The companies have transitioned the expansive space from a retail center to an almost 500,000-square-foot bustling community hub ideal for playing, working, congregating and celebrating the arts.

The team bringing the hotel to life includes a broad spectrum of entities with deep ties to the community, including:

  • Plaza Companies, Holualoa Companies and Fayth Hospitality Group as co-developers,
  • Plaza as construction manager,
  • Fayth as operator,
  • Holualoa as asset manager,
  • Bell Bank as construction lender, and
  • Layton Construction as contractor.

Representatives of the development pursuit report the team is committed to the creation of training programs and mentorship programs, particularly assisting under-served minority populations.

Layton Construction is partnering with the city of Phoenix, Maricopa Community Colleges District, as Fayth Hospitality is working with a local education partner to develop a training program. Also, Plaza Companies has partnered with Maricopa Community Colleges District to create a course centered on the field of commercial real estate property management to introduce people to the industry and help address the shortage of property management professionals, representatives say.

“We appreciate the commitment by Plaza Companies, Holualoa Companies and the entire development team to work with community partners to support and expand job and career training,” said Phoenix Vice Mayor Laura Pastor in a prepared statement. “This is the kind of public-private partnership that makes a difference in enhancing our community.”

The project is the product of plans delayed, according to Sharon Harper of Plaza Companies.

“This is a truly unique partnership that will have a great economic impact creating new jobs and these hotel rooms will be a tremendous support to our neighbors at Creighton University Health Sciences Campus, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, and Barrow Neurological Institute,” she said.

“We are excited to create a new home away from home for patients seeking treatment and their families, students and professionals traveling for educational events, and other business travel. We are grateful for our partners including Bell Bank, the Phoenix IDA and Layton Construction for their innovative approach to this project.”

The new, dual-branded hotels will combine features and perks from both brands. Home2 Suites, a pet-friendly, extended-stay hotel, offers free breakfast, in-suite kitchens and other extended-stay amenities. Tru by Hilton, meanwhile, offers interactive, semi-private workspaces, game rooms, multimedia areas and a 24/7 market where guests can grab snacks, coffee and other beverages and light bites.

The new Park Central includes 500,000 square feet of Class A creative office and retail space available for lease with the ability to accommodate tenants ranging from 3,500 square feet to more than 100,000 square feet in size. It features exclusive tenant patios, on-site restaurants and amenities, a stunning mid-century modern design, 15- to 25-foot ceilings, convenient bike path and light rail access and ample parking.

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