PHOENIX (FOX 10) - The City Council is voting on the future of Civic Center Park in Downtown Phoenix. The proposal - a 30-story multi-use building on the north side of the park. It would include apartments, retail and office space, as well as restaurants. The transit area and the Civic Center Park would also be upgraded.
"This is the big, bold vision that we need in our downtown," said Brian Cassidy, Phoenix architect.
There are mixed views on a mixed-use development that will transform the one stretch of downtown that has yet to be developed. The Phoenix Central Station Development Project is a $230 million dollar project that will bring a hotel, restaurants, housing, even a grocery store to the 300 block of North Central Avenue.
"We know how much working families rely on buses and trains that run on time," said an attendee.
It's a project that will force out a key intersection of public transportation.
"With not affordable housing in downtown today and none being offered in this proposal either, working people are being priced out of downtown," said an attendee.
"We're talking about luxury apartments, we're talking about hotels, a sort of boutique hotel," another attendee said. "And we're talking about student housing, which again, is not for low-income people in Phoenix."
Next door to the Downtown ASU campus, project supporters are looking to the past to understand the future of Central Station.
"For 25 years, I've followed [the] development in this city for that length of time," said an attendee. "This is a premier proposed development at one of the few sites left in the downtown area."