Park Central Mall has been a staple in Uptown Phoenix since the 1950's. Formerly home to Goldwaters, JC Penny and Dillard's, architects like Welton Becket, Ralph Haver, and John Schotanus Jr had hands in designing the first iteration of the outdoor mall. Recently, the mall has been under construction in an attempt to bring the under-performing complex into the 21st century. Around this time las year rumblings of an $5 billion, 50,000 employee, Amazon campus at Park Central started swirling. This week we've received news of a new health-services project planing on calling Park Central home.
The mall is already home to Banner Health Systems - occupying the original Goldwater's, Dignity Health - occupying the original Diamond's, and UnitedHealth Group - occupying the original J.C. Penny's. Park Central has reached an agreement on the construction of a new, nearly $100 million health sciences campus for Creighton University.
The new building will be located along Central Avenue on the Park Central property, on land that is currently a parking lot. Phase one of the project includes a new building totaling 200,000 square feet and eventually will house nearly 800 Creighton health sciences students in Arizona. The expansion will include a four-year medical school, nursing school, occupational and physical therapy schools, pharmacy school, physician assistant school and emergency medical services program. [Source.]
“For more than a decade, Creighton University has been a key partner in helping Arizona train highly skilled health care professionals,” said Gov. Doug Ducey. “Their significant new expansion and investment will help to meet our state’s growing need for health care professionals in the coming years, and it’s yet one more way that Arizona is solidifying its reputation as a premier destination for excellence in health care."
Phoenix Mayor Thelda Williams has welcomed Creighton’s expansion in Phoenix saying, “Creighton’s investment in our community will create new jobs and bring new life to a critical property in the heart of midtown Phoenix—but what’s more, it moves us closer to transforming our economy into one rooted in competitive, forward-thinking industries.” “I want Phoenix to be a destination for world-class medical education, research, health care and solutions, and our growing partnership with Creighton University is going to help us get there.”