City of Mesa News Article
Final concept designs for City Center to be revealed
By: Kevin Christopher
08/29/14 7:26 AM

Aug. 14, 2014
Public Information & Communications
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Tel. 480-644-4699

Mesa, AZ – Design concepts for a City Center, or urban plaza, in downtown Mesa will be presented to the public at a reveal event Thursday, Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Virginia G. Piper Repertory Theatre of the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.  There will be an opening reception with light refreshments beginning at 5:30 p.m. and a closing reception at 8 p.m.  Both receptions will include an open house for the public to interact with the design teams.


Following a design competition format, three design teams have prepared illustrative design concepts for City Center, a distinctive place which will capture and enhance the urbanizing momentum of Mesa’s downtown core.  The City Center study area is bounded by Main Street, Center Street, 1st Street and Centennial Way. 


Building from the design workshops held May 21 and June 12, the City Center designs are anchored by signature public spaces that accommodate programmed and passive uses, as well as being able to serve as event space.   City Center will bring more activity to the downtown core and serve as a catalyst for high intensity redevelopment with a variety of uses.  City Center will benefit the entire City and improve the quality of life for Mesa residents, businesses and visitors.


The Aug. 28 reveal event will be the first step in the selection of the top design concept to be considered for further detailing and refinement.  The design concept process is funded by the voter approved 2012 parks bond. 


Additional information and event details can be found at


Questions or comments on the project may be directed to Development and Sustainability Project Manager Jeff McVay at (480) 644-5379 or



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