Downtown Phoenix – Dynamic Progress and Heritage Preserved

The extreme contrast between the current and planned massive new high-rise construction and preservation of the town’s heritage was highlighted at a recent meeting hosted by the Kasten Long Commercial Group at the Monroe Street Abbey located at 302 W Monroe in the heart of downtown Phoenix.  Former Mayor Terry Goddard, provided an overview of the growth of the downtown area and credited Michael Crowe, Arizona State University’s President, as the most influential driving force.  Currently there are more than 12,000 ASU students in downtown.

Jon Brodsky with the Phoenix Community Alliance highlighted the existing and planned high-rise development, the need for more housing units, the impact of the new Fry’s grocery store and the evolution to  a 24/7 environment with activities for all.  He noted that more than 40 major residential and commercial projects have been completed since 2008 and 6 residential projects with 1,789 total units are currently under construction.

As noted by Terry Goddard and Katherine Patry, a Kasten Long Commercial Group agent who has been overseeing the reinforcement/construction at the Monroe Street Abbey, preserving our historic heritage is equally important to the growth of downtown Phoenix.

The First Baptist Church, now the Monroe Street Abbey, was built in 1929 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Nearly destroyed by a massive fire in 1984, the building  remained standing and is now about to enter a new life as a dining and entertainment venue.

The Abbey will be a unique destination for visitors and city dwellers alike.  In addition to entertainment and food, the Abbey will provide studio, gallery and office space.  Work, play, art and entertainment will mix with food and drink in this dynamic mixed-use space.

For more information on the Monroe Street Abbey and all downtown Phoenix activities:

Katherine Patry,, 602-695-3228

Jon Brodsky,, 602-682-6624