Park Central purchased, will undergo revitalization

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Park Central in central Phoenix is about to get a makeover. (Source: Plaza Companies) Park Central in central Phoenix is about to get a makeover. (Source: Plaza Companies)
© There will also be shade structures and a few new restaurants and shops. There will also be shade structures and a few new restaurants and shops. (Source: Plaza Companies) © There will also be shade structures and a few new restaurants and shops. There will also be shade structures and a few new restaurants and shops. (Source: Plaza Companies)
The plan is to turn the mall into a creative working environment with a lot more office space. (Source: Plaza Companies) The plan is to turn the mall into a creative working environment with a lot more office space. (Source: Plaza Companies)
The owner of Thai Basil said he hopes the remodel will bring more people to the area at night. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The owner of Thai Basil said he hopes the remodel will bring more people to the area at night. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Official design plans will be unveiled on Oct. 19. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Official design plans will be unveiled on Oct. 19. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Park Central was once a dairy facility; it became Arizona's first outdoor mall in the 1950s, according to Plaza Companies' CEO Sharon Harper. Now, it is about to undergo another transformation. 

"It was really the center of this neighborhood and very prosperous," said Harper. "Over the years, that has changed."

She said their purchase alongside Holualoa Companies will turn the mall, located near Central Avenue and Osborn Road, into a creative working environment with a lot more office space. Plaza and Holualoa teamed up to develop SkySong, as well.

"Many of the buildings were large department stores, and interestingly enough, they are the office spaces companies are looking for," Harper said. "Large spaces, high ceilings."  

There will also be shade structures and a few new restaurants and shops. 

"The people that work here will have the opportunity to have coffee in the morning and cocktails and wine and beer in the evening," Harper said. 

We talked to the owner of Thai Basil about how he feels regarding the changes. 

"You'd see a lot of people, great service of course," owner Chad Puri said with a laugh.  But Puri hopes a Park Central pick-me-up will be good for business as night nears.

"If you add more people to the back [of the complex], I think it would be more crowded, especially at nighttime, because most of the night time we are really slow here," Puri said.

"We have to see what they do," Puri added. "I'm just waiting like everybody else."

Harper said they close on the sale Oct. 18 and will unveil their design plans on Oct. 19.

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