Contributors

TO THE RE-DEVELOPMENT OF UPTOWN PLAZA

When it comes to restoring a Midcentury Modern landmark like Uptown Plaza, it takes a team of true experts. Led by Vintage Partners, the Phoenix-based commercial real estate development and investment company, this 11-plus-acre property at Central and Camelback is undergoing a wall-to-wall renovation, including stripping away decades of unnecessary add-ons to restore the original red brick façade and stylish 1950s charm.

Combined with lush new landscaping and an inviting mix of local, regional and national tenants, Uptown Plaza will once again be a popular neighborhood gathering spot for generations to come.

The People

GET TO KNOW THE TEAM BEHIND UPTOWN’S REVIVAL

Ryan Durkin • Modern Manner

Co-owner of the popular Phoenix furniture design boutique, Modern Manor, Durkin is an expert in all things mid-century and, of course, modern. At Uptown Plaza, Durkin focused on restoring the center’s iconic 1950s style, while still making it relevant and inviting for today’s shoppers.

"We were tasked with helping to clarify the idea of what Uptown Plaza was, what it is now, and what we want it to be -- I was pumped."

Janet Quan • Nelsen Partners

Nelsen Partners is an architectural planning firm that creates memorable places that become an integral part of the neighborhood. As the project designer for Uptown Plaza, it has been the intent to return the buildings to the original red brick and to provide new canopies that will complement the original architecture with mid-century elements used in a modern way.

"Born and raised in Phoenix and living within 5 miles of Uptown Plaza has allowed me to benefit from the revitalization that has taken place in the Central Corridor."

Kristina Floor • Floor & Associates

Co-founder of the award-winning landscape architect & planning firm, Floor Associates, Kristina Floor specializes in creating sustainable designs that respect our sensitive desert environs, while also creating inviting and surprisingly verdant places to live, work and play.

Russ Meyers • Kitchell

Since 1950, Kitchell has grown from a small commercial contractor into one of the state’s largest employee-owned companies, including hospitality development and construction management, property management, facility management and more. At Uptown Plaza, Kitchell served as the general contractor to artfully restore and reinvent this historic gem.

Grant Crone • MMPR Marketing

A partner at MMPR Marketing, Crone has helped shape the story of Uptown Plaza’s reinvention through effective public relations & marketing strategy, media outreach and the development of strategic partnerships.