The much acclaimed and sometimes controversial project, CityNorth, has big plans for their grand opening of Phase I in November. The developer of the 144 acre mixed-use project, Thomas J. Klutznick Co. and Related Urban hired a Hollywood, CA based company, Sequoia Productions to manage the opening. Sequoia Productions has an very impressive resume, running the famed Academy Awards Governors Ball for the past 16 years and the Primetime Emmy Awards Creative Arts & Governors Ball for the past eight.
Phase I, which is set to open on November 13, will consist of 99 residential condominiums, 46 boutique shops and restaurants, and an unknown number of office tenants totaling nearly 1 million square feet. This combination of uses will create a dynamic urban living environment for residents within and nearby. Some of the unique retailers you can expect to see open in November are: Alessi, D&G Designs, Green Bone Bakery, Haus, King and Duck, and Little Artika. Three new-to-market restaurants are also coming: 25 Degrees, a Hollywood based burger joint, Blue Martini, a live entertainment venue in addition to a tapas and wine bar, and Ocean Prime, an offspring from celebrity chef Cameron Mitchell.
Unfortunately, construction on Phase II of CityNorth, which is proposed to include major retailers such as Macys, Nordstrom’s and the first Bloomingdales for Arizona has been pushed back a year with a 2010 opening.