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Days after being named the Valley’s “hottest intersection” by the Urban Land Institute of Arizona, Vintage Partners, who led the redevelopment efforts at Uptown Plaza, is set to bring another groundbreaking project to Central Ave. & Camelback Rd. Named Arrive Phoenix, this stylish boutique hotel and dining destination will be the third property for the California-based, Arrive Hotels & Restaurants, following the opening of the original Arrive Palm Springs and the upcoming Arrive East Austin now under construction. Located on Camelback just west of The Newton, Vintage Partners has also teamed up with The Newton’s developers, Venue Projects (Windsor/Churn and The Orchard) to create the Valley’s most exciting, innovative adaptive-reuse project of 2018. Totaling just over 2 acres and 45,000 square feet, this $20M project is expected to be completed in 2018.

Rendering courtesy of Vintage Partners

Housed inside a pair of architecturally significant yet long-neglected midcentury modern mid-rises located at 400 & 444 W. Camelback Road, Arrive Phoenix will combine both buildings into a singular and striking 79-room property. Arrive Phoenix will also host a boutique coffee shop, a poolside taco bar, a gourmet ice creamery, and a nautical-themed rooftop craft cocktail bar featuring sweeping 360-degree city views. Seamlessly stitched into the neighboring The Newton project (home to a bookstore/bar, restaurant, event space and more), Arrive Phoenix will transform this trio of restored midcentury gems into Uptown Phoenix’s first-ever dining, entertainment and urban hotel hub.

“Much like our previous project at Uptown Plaza, we knew this area and these particular buildings had great potential,” says Vintage Partners principal, Walter Crutchfield. “Designed by either Ralph Haver or Fred Guirey, depending on which historic news article you believe, both buildings feature that classic low-slung, yet light and window-lined look that helped put Phoenix on the architectural map in postwar America. So we knew we needed to put together a dream team to create a truly standout development.”

Enter the fellow adaptive reuse gurus at Venue Projects, who helped launch the rebirth of Uptown Phoenix nearly 10 years ago when they transformed a run-down 1940s strip mall into the home of Windsor and Churn. “We’ve had our eye on these amazing buildings for years, and really consider this the culmination of all of our adaptive reuse projects here in the Valley,” says Lorenzo Perez, co-founder of Venue Projects with John Kitchell. “We’re going to use all the salvage solutions and hard-earned restoration techniques we’ve learned over the years to craft a world-class project that’s embraced by locals and visitors alike”

Rendering courtesy of Vintage Partners

Much like the original Arrive in Palm Springs, Arrive Phoenix will offer a stylish setting brimming with unique amenities such as the signature lobby-less check-in, with guests checking in at the bar area. “Our guests don’t want that chain hotel feel,” says Ezra Callahan, one of Arrive’s founders. “We build neighborhood hotels that are aimed at the local community – a social landmark. You want to go to the place where the locals are, to get that experience.”

Food & Beverage Coming to Arrive Phoenix

Customs Coffee is coffee from the neighborhood, for the neighborhood. Located at each ARRIVE hotel, Customs Coffee features coffee from a small-batch, local roaster.

Tacos – that’s it. Addicting, mouthwatering tacos. A glass enclosed cooking line displays fresh al pastor being thinly cut and the careful assembly of carnitas, chicken and shredded beef street tacos. Featuring a 40 seat outdoor bar overlooking the pool complete with games areas, outdoor movies and outdoor community space.

Craft cocktail lounge and rooftop deck overlooking Phoenix. The lounge features rich mahogany, amber lighting, tufted leather seating and exotic handcrafted drinks. The space will offer a unique, sophisticated intimate escape.

  • Ben Bethel

    Very cool… I look forward to anything that helps bring UP the hotel rates in the neighborhood… this will be a very welcome addition… and from what I understand, there will be another even larger hotel just to the east of this property, stay tuned for that announcement…

  • Ben Bethel

    However I do have to add that I’m unsure that the name “Gunwale” for a rooftop bar in a hotel is probably not the best name considering the recent events in Las Vegas… poor timing?

    • Roger Shrubber

      Snipers Nest?

      • Ben Bethel

        Probably not that either. Perhaps something to indicate a peaceful place to enjoy the view to the north and east… I believe the parcel to the west is going to have an 8-story multifamily housing project, so there will be no view to the west. I also think the Park and Ride lot on the south side of Camelback will have an RFP for development issued soon, as the Park and Ride lot should one day move to the area between 7th Avenue and 11th Avenue, taking out all of those businesses. Then it’ll be moved again with another RFP… it’s just one way cities ‘assemble’ multiple parcels for larger infill redevelopment projects that end up housing more people, employing more people, and generating higher sales tax revenues and property tax revenues and rental tax revenues… all while also making better use of mass transit systems, increasing ridership and reducing farebox subsidies. It is an all around way to save money for taxpayers while creating more jobs and more units of housing which helps to slow down the increase in rental prices for apartments… when you see massive increases in rents then people don’t have as much disposable income to spend at local area businesses….

  • Jennifer Creel Alexander

    Sounds amazing. I’m looking forward to hanging out there!

  • Dawn Conry

    I am so happy here that these two buildings are being repurposed and restored! I have always loved them & it made me sad to see them so unused!