The revitalization project of 32nd and Shea, coined “32 Renewed” has introduced a variety of new businesses to the area since it was first initiated in 2016 including a rock climbing gym, an ACE Hardware and other establishments.
Louisa Ward helped make the project possible as the designated realtor of the Uptown Phoenix area.
Along with businesses, the project has brought new bike lanes, art pieces to the area, which the project leaders hope will generate more traffic and turn it into an excitable neighborhood for the many families who live there.
Kyle Hollenbeck, owner of Aioli Burger on the corner of 32nd and Shea hopes his business will continue to flourish in this location.
“We chose 32nd and Shea because myself and my parents grew up and went to school down the street,” Hollenbeck said. “We saw what was coming this way with the 32 initiative and wanted to be ahead of the curve. You will notice bigger companies, franchises and chains are coming this way now.”
The ongoing renovations affected Aioli Burger last summer, when they were remodeling the building and were without a sign.
Now, Hollenbeck is working on getting a liquor license for the restaurant which he believes will further encourage an influx of customers.
Almost neighboring Aioli Burger is 32 Shea coffee shop, not quite as new to the area, being established in 2011. As a local coffee shop, 32 Shea has been recognized by many Phoenix publications. The shop has always been a popular spot but now has even more customers due to the project.