Downtown Phoenix skyline will look different starting in October with major skyline development

(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

Driving around downtown Phoenix you see lots of beautiful…construction.

It's a welcome sight to those who have lived in the Valley for decades, like Joe Boyle.

“It’s a nice change of pace,” said Boyle. “Now we have a downtown with ASU and U of A and the sports. It’s wonderful.”

But City of Phoenix development officials said what’s growing the fastest in downtown are high-rise residential buildings. They said several are being built so quickly, that the Phoenix skyline could look a lot different as soon as October.

Christine Mackay, director of community and economic development for the City of Phoenix, said our downtown has nine cranes up right now, compared to six in Los Angeles. She said over the past two years, the City has completed 2,000 new high rise apartments, with plans to add 3,000 more.

“I like it. I think it’s catching up to the big cities,” said Boyle.

And the reason why, because companies are now flocking to downtown.

“We went from 67 technology companies in the central city in 2012, to more than 300 today,” said Mackay.

And Mackay said people want to leave work and be able to play nearby.

State 48 brewery at Van Buren and Fourth Avenue is slated to open later this summer. A restaurant and retail complex going in on First Street is being built out of 19 re-purposed shipping containers. And just a block from the ballpark, you’ll see lots of construction on Jefferson Street, but in just one year it will look much different, with brand new office space, a new grocery store and 300 luxury apartments.

It’s a downtown now rising from the ashes of a desolate past...truly living up to its name.

“Downtown Phoenix is absolutely on fire!” said Mackay.

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