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Officials to break ground on development, Fry’s grocery store in downtown Phoenix

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PHOENIX — It’s been a long time coming, but it’s officially underway.

Officials will break ground on a mixed-use development in downtown Phoenix that is set to feature the area’s first grocery store on April 13, according to a press release.

The mixed-use development, which is called Block 23, will feature a Fry’s grocery store, 330 apartments, 200,000 square feet of creative office space, restaurant and retail uses and parking, developers said. The project will be spearheaded by the Phoenix-based RED Development, a commercial real estate company.

The Fry’s grocery store has been highly-anticipated for the residents in the area. It has been rumored to be developed since December 2015 and was originally expected to open in 2018, but is now slated for completion in 2019.

The project got its start in October 2016, when the city of Phoenix voted to provide about $18.3 million toward the building.

Block 23 will be located at 125 E. Washington Street in downtown Phoenix, right between CityScape Phoenix and Collier Center.

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 13 at 8:30 a.m. and will be hosted by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, city councilman Michael Nowakowski, several RED Development officials, Fry’s Food Stores President Steve McKinney and more.

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