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WATCH: Take a walk down memory lane with Metrocenter Mall

Metrocenter originally opened in the 1970s and was often referred to as the "crown jewel" of the Valley.

PHOENIX — The City of Phoenix is starting a new chapter for a Valley favorite with many great memories.

Metrocenter Mall is being demolished this year after nearly 50 years of fun. 

On Thursday, city leaders marked the commencement of the mall's redevelopment and the revitalization of the Phoenix North Mountain Metro District. Construction personnel will begin pre-demolition work inside the mall on May 5.

RELATED: Phoenix City Council approves Metrocenter Mall redevelopment project

Metrocenter originally opened in the 1970s and was often called the "crown jewel" of the Valley. Its large department stores and food court notably served as shooting locations for "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" in the late 1980s.

RELATED: Totally bogus! 'Bill & Ted' Circle K in Tempe is closing

In November 2022, the Phoenix City Council voted in favor of the property's $850 million redevelopment and revitalization project.

The site will be transformed into a walkable village with 2,600 multifamily units and 150,000 square feet of commercial, retail and restaurant space. Light rail is scheduled to begin service to the area by 2024, along with the expansion of the Bus Rapid Transit program.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Councilwoman Ann O'Brien along with dignitaries from Concord Wilshire and Hines attended Thursday's event.


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