City of Mesa News Article
Final concept designs revealed for City Center
By: Kevin Christopher
09/2/14 7:24 AM

Aug. 29, 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 were presented to the public at a reveal event Thursday, Aug. 28 at the Mesa Arts Center.

Three design teams, selected from a total of 18 local, national and international responses to a Request for Qualifications, 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.

Renderings and additional information can be found at  

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 reveal event was the first step in the selection of the top design concept to be considered for further detailing and refinement.  City staff is expected to recommend a design concept and design team to City Council in October. The design concept process is funded by the voter approved 2012 parks bond. 

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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