CityScape celebrates milestone with opening of first CVS in downtown Phoenix

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PHOENIX -- Nearly three years after breaking ground,

CityScape

, the project designed to revitalize downtown Phoenix, is celebrating a milestone -- the opening of CVS.

Today's ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the first time people will be able to walk around the CityScape Plaza and retail area.

CVS, which is located at First Avenue and Jefferson Street, is the first pharmacy to open in downtown Phoenix in more than 35 years.

Javier Soto talked to Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon about the CityScape project and went inside the new 13,000-square-foot store.

While CVS is the most recent CityScape business to open, it's not the first. Gold's Gym opened a few months ago.

Several more stores and restaurants are expected to open in the coming months. Among those is Lucky Strike Lanes, a bowling chain that's popular in California. The CityScape location, Arizona's first Lucky Strike, is slated to open next month. Several clothing boutiques are also in the works.

"It's kind of a tidal wave of tenants that are all opening between now and October," said Jeff Moloznika of RED Development. "In November, we'll culminate with a grand-opening party, which will be kind of a downtown celebration."

That official grand opening is slated for Nov. 4-7.

CityScape is a $900 million development that covers 4.5 acres and features condominiums, hotels, offices and retail space.

"We'll have full occupancy by the end of this year," Moloznika said. "Currently, the project is completely leased. All of the retail space will be occupied and everything will be open by December."