PHOENIX - The Phoenix city council approved a plan to build a downtown grocery store Wednesday afternoon.

The plan to bring a Fry's downtown has been in the works for months, if not years.

The store will be part of a mixed-use building that will include retail, office and residential space.

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The building will be at the city's "Block 23," where there is currently a parking lot between Washington and Jefferson streets and First and Second streets.

The city will provide up to $18.3 million of financial support.

Construction is set to begin within 18 months and should be finished within 36 months.