The new Park Central will combine its rich mid-century-modern history with a new focus on technology, innovation and design, including all the most sought-after features in today’s office and retail market. Park Central’s original design as an outdoor regional mall provides a unique opportunity to utilize features that are attractive to today’s “new economy” office users. Large floor plates. High ceilings with a variety of fascinating exposed roof structures. Ground level indoor/outdoor work experiences. Authentic non-traditional office experiences. Exceptional design by local architect Richard Kennedy. A collaborative campus atmosphere. Abundant parking.
With a nod toward its past and an eye toward the future, Park Central will once again provide visitors and employees with easy access to major nearby freeways — and more importantly, two light rail stations — close proximity to some of Phoenix’s hottest neighborhoods and housing, and all the benefits of being at the heart of Phoenix’s urban core.
Park Central has exceptional “bones.” Its mid-century-modern initial design thoughtfully incorporated a number of elements that make it an ideal target for revitalization. The new Park Central will return the existing buildings to their mid-century-modern roots while incorporating some exceptional new design features designed to make the project feel innovative, high-tech and creative.
Park Central Shopping City, as it was originally known, was first envisioned by Ralph Burgbacher and his older brother, A.J. Burgbacher. The two men purchased the 46-acre property, then home to the Central Avenue Dairy, in the 1950s.
Park Central Mall opened in 1957, and quickly became the center of activity along Central Avenue, thanks to its proximity to some of Phoenix’s best neighborhoods and easy access from Central Avenue, Thomas Road and Indian School Road. The location made mass transit a viable option for visitors as well.