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Metro Tucson Development Projects

LATEST UPDATE: January 4, 2019

Mission San Xavier del Bac (1797), neon "Gateway Saguaro" on Miracle Mile, One South Church tower (1986)
(courtesy: David Harvey, Arizona Daily Star, Momta Popat)

Estimated 2019 population of Tucson-Nogales CSA (Pima & Santa Cruz counties): 1,095,600
(source: AZ Employment and Population Statistics)


Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District
Rio Nuevo is a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district approved by voters in 1999 to fund and support downtown Tucson revitalization. Although funds did not begin transferring from the state until 2003, and a significant part of TIF revenues (now averaging over $1M/month) are used to pay debt service, Rio Nuevo is now providing financial support and incentives for the following projects:

1. Providing up to $12M in future TIF sales tax rebates to developer Scott Stiteler for three projects: AC Hotel, Moxy and Element Hotels*, and an upgraded 200 block of E. Congress St.
2. Lending $2.6M to Bourn Companies to construct City Park*, a $27.5M mixed-use project.
3. Building the $50M Caterpillar Tucson Mining Center* on W. Cushing St. by March, 2019 to be leased back for 25 years; also providing $2M for company relocation costs.
4. Funding $5M to Peach Properties/Dabdoub Investments for four downtown redevelopment projects: 100 block of E. Congress St., Arizona Hotel, Brings Building and 123 S. Stone.
5. Funding $1M for Ochoa St. streetscape improvements between Church and Stone Aves.
6. Lending $250k to Flores Concepts to open three new businesses at 61, 121 and 125 E. Congress St.
7. Providing sales tax rebates and site-specific tax payments through 2025 for HSL Properties' $20M Hotel Arizona renovation* as a 309-key, Hilton-branded convention hotel.
8. Providing up to $2.5M in sales tax rebates for the proposed $24M TCC DoubleTree Hotel* by Caliber Hospitality.
9. Providing $4.5M in sales tax rebates for the $34.3M redevelopment of 44 E. Broadway* by Ron Schwabe and Marcel Dabdoub.
10. Providing $1.1M in sales tax rebates for JE Dunn's 12-story downtown mixed-use tower at 75 E. Broadway.*
11. Providing a $2.4M loan to the Gadsden Co. to construct The Monier*, a $35M, 122-unit market-rate apartment complex in the Mercado District.
12. Providing up to $7.5M in sales tax rebates for the Hampton Inn and Home2 Suites at Cathedral Square* project.
13. Providing $2.1M for proposed $24M Volvo site redevelopment* project.

*see project details below

Boundary map of Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District
(courtesy: city of Tucson)

Rio Nuevo website

Downtown Tucson Partnership blog

MAP: Metro Tucson Development Projects

Construction Webcams:

UA Health Sciences Innovation Building

UA Cole & Jeannie Davis Sports Center

UA Hillenbrand Softball Stadium renovations

Banner-UMCT expansion (main entrance, N. parking lot)

UA Honors Village

The Mark

UA Skaggs Building addition/renovation


Winter, 2018-19
UA Health Sciences Innovation Building ($165M)
City Park ($27.5M)
The Landing (220k s.f. Phase I - mixed/use)
West End Station ($12M)
Marist College restoration/adaptive reuse ($3M)
UA Cole & Jeannie Davis Sports Center ($16.3M)
UA Hillenbrand Softball Stadium renovations ($8M)
Caterpillar Tucson Mining Center ($50M)

Spring, 2019
Diocesan Complex ($12M)
Banner-UMC Tucson expansion ($400M)

Summer, 2019
UA Honors Village ($137M - 1,035 beds)
Aspire (505 beds)
The Mark (595 beds)
Hub Speedway (183 beds)

Fall, 2019
GEICO Regional Office Building (200k s.f.)
Casino del Sol expansion (151 keys)
Downtown Clifton Hotel expansion ($4.5M)
UA Skaggs Building renovation/addition ($26M)
RendezVous Urban Flats (100U)

Winter 2018-19
UA Student Success District ($71M)
TCC DoubleTree Hotel ($24M)
Graduate Tucson (165 keys) & The Collective at Main Gate (238U)
Hotel Arizona renovation ($20M)

Spring, 2019
Moxy & Element Hotels, Rialto renovation ($88M)
44 E. Broadway mixed-use ($34.3M)
January 8th Memorial ($2.3M)

Summer, 2019
Hampton Inn, Home2 Suites at Cathedral Square (75 & 123 keys)
TCC Arena improvements ($2.2M)
75 Broadway (12 stories)
Chroma mixed-use


December, 2018

UA Hillenbrand Aquatic Center improvements - $13.25M project that enlarged and replaced the main swimming pool and other infrastructure.
Design Professional: Architekton. Contractor: CORE Construction.,

(courtesy: UA)

The Westerner/West Point Apartments (10 E. Broadway Blvd.) - renovation/expansion of existing 54k s.f. downtown office building with offices and retail, plus a six-story addition with 50 low-income apartments for seniors. Owner/developer: COPE Properties. Architect: Carhuff + Cueva. Contractor: Canyon Building & Design.
Apartments completed; completion of office interiors expected in Summer, 2019.

(courtesy: Downtown Tucson Partnership)

The Marist on Cathedral Square (SEC of Broadway Blvd. & Church Ave.) - $22M, seven-story, downtown apartment building with 75 units for low-income seniors on the site of the former Catholic Pastoral Center. Architect: Poster Frost Mirto. Contractor: Tofel Dent Construction.

(courtesy: Tofel Dent Construction)

September, 2018

Arizona Stadium - east renovations - $25.5M of renovations to east side of stadium, including ground-level concourse, student seating area and southeast entrance.
Architects: JE Dunn w/ Populous & Swaim. Contractor: JE Dunn Construction. Time-lapse construction video (south view, 57 sec.):

(courtesy: UA)

June, 2018

Seventh Avenue Commons (529 N. 7th Ave.) - $14M housing project with 50 affordable units and a community building/clubhouse utilizing an existing 12k s.f. warehouse/office building and a new three-story structure. Developers: Gardner Capital Development, Neighborhood Housing Solutions. Architect: Biltform Architects. Contractor: Kitchell Construction.,

views looking SW (left) and NW (right)

April, 2018

MSA Annex (NEC of Avenida del Convento & Cushing St.) - $12M nearby expansion of Mercado San Agustín with 20k s.f. for 13 retailers and restaurants in modified shipping containers plus a 500-seat outdoor performance venue on 1.5 acres. Developer: The Gadsden Co. Architect: Paul Weiner.,

(site plan: The Gadsden Co.; photos: Zac Ziegler, Rio Nuevo, Jackie Tran)

January, 2018

UA Bioscience Research Laboratories (NEC of Helen St. & Cherry Ave.) - $107.5M, four-story, 150k s.f. building with translational research laboratories, imaging facilities and clinic to support interdisciplinary research. Architect: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects. Contractor: DPR Construction.

(courtesy: UA)


City Park (20-60 E. Congress St.) - $27.5M mixed-use downtown TOD project adds a new five-story building between the renovated Indian Trading Post and Chase Annex buildings. Hexagon Mining now occupies floors 3-5 of the new building as its North American HQ; food hall/restaurant and retail tenants on first floor and bowling alley/entertainment tenants on second floor to be open by January, 2019. Developer: Bourn Companies. Architects: Rob Paulus, SBBL Architects. Contractor: Canyon Building & Design. Estimated completion in early 2019.,,

exterior view looking west (L) and east (R) along Congress St.

Hexagon Mining lobby and corner office
(courtesy: J Kaiser Workspaces, Bourn Companies)

UA Health Sciences Innovation Building (Mabel St., E. of Cherry Ave.) - $165M, 226k s.f., nine-story tower for trans-disciplinary collaborations and interactions between health professionals, students, and faculty in medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Architect: CO Architects. Contractor: Kitchell Construction.
Construction timeline: June, 2016 - January, 2019.,

renderings looking northwest (L) and northeast (R)

construction photos: looking southwest - January 4
(courtesy: UA)

UA Athletic Facilities improvements - $66M to renovate/construct the four facilities below, plus a $1.9M remodel and addition of McKale Center locker rooms.,

Hillenbrand Aquatic Center improvements - $13.25M (COMPLETED - SEE ABOVE)

Arizona Stadium - east renovations - $25.5M (COMPLETED - SEE ABOVE)

Cole & Jeannie Davis Sports Center - $16.3M, 45k s.f. indoor practice facility for football and other sports. Architects: BWS, HOK. Contractor: M.A. Mortenson Company.
Construction timeline: April, 2018 - February, 2019., Webcam:

construction photo: January 4
(courtesy: UA)

Hillenbrand Softball Stadium renovations - $8M of improvements to existing softball stadium. Design Professional: Swaim Associates. Contractor: Concord General Contracting.
Projected construction timeline: June, 2018 - February, 2019. Webcam:

construction photo - January 4
(courtesy: UA)

West End Station (855 W. Congress St.) - $12M, four-story complex in the Mercado District with 70 low-income and affordable apartments plus ground-floor retail.
Developers: Gorman & Company, The Gadsden Co. Architect: Gorman & Company. Contractor: Tofel Dent Construction. Expected completion in early 2019.,,

construction photo - December 5
(site plan: The Gadsden Co.; photo: Tofel Dent Construction)

The Landing (NWC of Irvington Rd. & I-19) - 600k s.f. mixed-use with retail, office and hotels on 63 acres in SW Tucson, just north of the Spectrum Mall. Developer: Bourn Companies.
Phase I with 220k s.f. expected to open in 2018; complete build out by 2020.,,

site plan; construction progress, Hobby Lobby - November 25
(courtesy: Bourn Companies)

Cathedral Square redevelopment (various parcels near Catholic cathedral on Stone Ave.) - nearly $40M to redevelop several of the Catholic diocese's downtown properties:
1. $800k restoration of the 1916 Our Lady's Chapel on Ochoa St. (COMPLETED);
2. The Marist on Cathedral Square(COMPLETED - SEE ABOVE);
3. Marist College restoration/adaptive reuse (SEE BELOW);
4. Diocesan Complex (SEE BELOW);,,

Marist College restoration/adaptive reuse (SEC of Ochoa St. & Church Ave.) - $3M project to convert the three-story adobe 1915 Marist College building to eight low-income senior apartments and a community center. Consulting Architect: Poster Frost Mirto. Contractor: Tofel Dent Construction. Expected completion in early 2019.
Video of Marist College renovation:

exterior; community center on first floor - November 8
(courtesy: Downtown Tucson Partnership, Rio Nuevo)

Diocesan Complex (SWC of Ochoa St. & Stone Ave.) - $12M, four-story building for offices, meeting space, and 500-seat conference center to replace the former Cathedral Hall.
Architect: Poster Frost Mirto. Contractor: Diversified Design & Construction. Projected completion in early 2019.,

rendering; construction progress - November
(rendering: The Architecture Company; photo: Rio Nuevo)

Caterpillar Tucson Mining Center (875 W. Cushing St.) - $50M, three-story, 150k s.f. office building and parking structure on 7.8 acres to accommodate 600+ employees of Caterpillar's Surface Mining & Technology Division. (City of Tucson to extend Avenida del Convento south of Cushing St. for project's main entrance.)
Owner/developer: Rio Nuevo. Architects: SmithGroupJJR, WSM. Contractor: Sundt Construction. Estimated completion by March, 2019.,,,

renderings looking southwest (L) and northeast (R)

site map; construction progress - mid-October
(renderings: Smith Group JJR; site map: Arizona Daily Star; photo: A.E. Araiza)

Banner - University Medical Center Tucson expansion/renovation (1501 N. Campbell Ave.) - $400M project to include 75k s.f. of renovations and 670k s.f. of additions to the medical center/hospital built in 1971, including a new nine-story hospital tower with 204 beds, a 18.6k s.f. central utility plant and 730 spaces of parking on 4 acres.
Owner: Banner Health Systems. Architects: Shepley Bulfinch, GLHN. Contractors: Sundt, DPR.
Expected facility opening: April 1, 2019.,,
Webcam (main entrance, N. parking lot):

rendering; aerial of medical campus

construction progress (north elevation): August; main entrance, new north parking lot - January 4
(renders: Shepley Bulfinch; photos: Kelly Presnell,

UA Honors Village (btw. Adams & Mabel Sts., and Park & Santa Rita Aves.) - $137M mixed-use project on three city blocks with buildings up to six stories, including a 1,035-bed dorm, 25k s.f. academic space, 15k s.f. dining facility, 41k s.f. recreation center, 370-stall, four-story parking garage and 322 spaces of surface parking.
Developer: American Campus Communities. Architect: STG Architects. Contractor: Okland Construction. Expected completion: July, 2019.,,

render showing block of Fremont Ave. converted to a pedestrian mall; aerial render

construction progress - January 4
(courtesy: UA)

Aspire (950 N. Tyndall Ave.) - 12-story, 148-unit/505-bed student housing tower with rooftop pool and two levels of underground parking.
Developer: The Dinerstein Companies. Architect: Gensler. Contractor: TDC Construction. Estimated completion by August, 2019.,
Virtual tour video:

construction progress - December 13
(renders: Gensler; photo: Aspire Tucson)

The Mark (block bordered by Park Ave., Broadway Blvd., Tyndall Ave. and 10th St.) - 154-unit/595-bed student housing complex on a 3.5-acre city block, with one eight-story and two four-story buildings, plus a five-level parking structure. Developer: Landmark Properties. Architect: Dwell Design Studios. Contractor: UEB. Expected completion: August, 2019.,

renderings looking northwest (L) and west (R)

construction photo (looking east from Tyndall Ave.) - January 4
(renderings: Landmark Properties; photo: UEB; site plan: Humphreys & Partners)

Hub Speedway (SWC of Speedway Blvd. & Tyndall Ave.) - four-story student housing complex on .67-acre site with 57 units/183 beds, 6,430 s.f. ground-floor retail, underground parking and rooftop pool. Developer: Core Spaces. Architect: Antunovich Associates. Expected completion: August, 2019.,
Virtual tour video:

(courtesy: Antunovich Associates)

GEICO Regional Office Building (near 36th St. and MLK Jr. Way) - three-story, 200k s.f. office building on 20 acres at The Bridges complex will provide space for an additional 700 GEICO employees in Tucson. Developer: Bourn Companies. Contractor: Renaissance Companies. Expected completion by late 2019.,,
1:35 min. construction video from Aug. 31:

site plan of The Bridges with project location; construction progress: November
(render, site plan: Bourn Companies, Sun Corridor; photo: A.E. Araiza)

Casino del Sol expansion (5655 W. Valencia Rd.) - additions to include a new six-story, 151-key hotel with pool on 2.2 acres, a 90-space RV park and a 9,600 s.f. expansion of the existing conference center. Developer: Pascua Yaqui Tribe. Architect: Cuningham Group. Contractor: McCarthy Building.
Construction completion expected in late 2019.,

renderings of hotel exterior and lobby

render of conference center expansion; site plan
(courtesy: Casino del Sol)

Downtown Clifton Hotel expansion (485 S. Stone Ave.) - $4.5M addition of six one- and two-story structures for 20 new units, retail space and a pool. Architect: Repp + McLain. Expected completion in late 2019.,

(courtesy: Repp + McLain)

UA College of Pharmacy Skaggs Building renovation/addition - $26M to add two additional floors for research labs, with another smaller addition for the Pharmacy Museum collection; some parts of existing building to be renovated. Design: GLHN Architects. Contractor: DPR Construction.
Construction timeline: September, 2018 - November, 2019. Webcam:

construction progress - January 4
(renderings: GLHN Architects; photo: UA)

RendezVous Urban Flats (NWC of Broadway Blvd. & Stone Ave.) - six-story, 122k s.f. downtown apartment building with 100 units over 4200 s.f. ground-floor retail.
Owner/developer: Aerie Development. Architects: The Davis Experience, Swaim & Associates. Contractor: UEB. Expected completon: late 2019.,
Fly-through video:

renderings: Stone Ave. elevation, lobby

view from Congress St.; site plan
(courtesy: Aerie Development)

The Trinity (SEC of 4th Ave. & University Blvd.) - mixed-use TOD featuring a four-story, 54k s.f. building with 58 market-rate apartments and a three-story, 25k s.f. office building, both with ground-floor retail on Trinity Presbyterian Church site. Developers: R&R Development/Bourn Companies. Architect: Rob Paulus.
Phase I (three-story office building) to be completed by year-end 2019.,,,

west elevation of building on 4th Ave.; three-story office building on University Blvd.

site plan; nite render along 4th Ave.
(courtesy: Rob Paulus)

Historic Pima County Courthouse renovation/adaptive reuse (115 N. Church Ave.) - $25M to renovate the 87k s.f., three-story, 1929 former courthouse with the UA Gem & Mineral Museum occupying the basement and ground floor, a Southern Arizona Heritage & Visitor Center also on the ground floor, with the second and third floors occupied by Visit Tucson and various Pima County administrative offices. Also included will be three or four public auditoriums.
Consulting Architects: Poster Frost Mirto, Ralph Applebaum Associates. Contractors: Barker-Morrissey, Oden Construction, Kittle Design & Construction.
$7.4M of tenant improvements underway on upper floors to be occupied by January, 2019; UA Museum, Visitor Center and Jan. 8 Memorial on ground floor to open by January, 2020.,,

(courtesy: Pima County)

Kino Sports Complex South (S. of I-10 and Kino Sports Complex) - proposed sports and soccer complex on 167 acres purchased by Pima County in 2014 to include up to 20 sports fields, stadium, splash pad and playground, concessions, hotels and restaurants. Developer: Pima County. Contractor: Haydon Building Corp.
Status: $26M Phase I (12 natural grass fields, 20 pickleball courts, concessions, locker rooms, restrooms, parking lots) to be completed in early 2020; Phase 2 on parcels A-E (see site plan below) with hotels, office, commercial and other sports facilities to be sold and developed through public-private partnerships.,

(rendering: The Planning Center; site plan: Pima County)

The Monier (160 S. Avenida del Convento) - $35M, four-story building with 122 market-rate apartments over 13k s.f. ground-floor retail and underground parking ($2.4M loan to be provided by Rio Nuevo). Developers: The Gadsden Co., Holualoa Cos. Architect: Moule & Polyzoides. Contractor: Lloyd Construction. Expected completion in 2020.,,

rendering; site photo

(courtesy: The Gadsden Co., Downtown Tucson Partnership)

The Flin (SWC of Broadway Blvd. & Church Ave.) - $42.2M, six-story complex with 244 market-rate apartments and ground-floor retail to replace La Placita Village, a 200k s.f. downtown office/retail center built in 1973. Developer: HSL Properties. Architect: Eglin + Bresler. Contractor: Tofel Dent Construction.
Expected completion: late 2020.

render looking N along Stone Ave.; construction photo: January 3
(renderings: HSL Properties; photo: Tofel Dent Construction)


UA Student Success District - $71M, two-phase project to integrate and revitalize student services in four adjacent central campus buildings: Main Library, Science and Engineering Library, Bear Down Gym, and a new Student Services Building; will also include site development improvements.
Design: Poster Frost Mirto. Contractor: Sundt. Construction timeline: January, 2019 - June, 2021.,

(courtesy: UA)

El Presidio Park/January 8th Memorial (160 W. Alameda St.) - $10M renovation of downtown's El Presidio Park incorporating a memorial for the shooting victims of January 8, 2011, which included former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Architect: Chee Salette Architecture.
Status: construction of scaled-back $2.3M January 8th Memorial to begin in Spring, 2019 and be completed by Jan. 8, 2020.,

preliminary renderings
(courtesy: CSAO)

TCC DoubleTree Hotel (NWC of Cushing St. & Church Ave.) - $24M, 170-key, six-story hotel proposed for the southeast corner of the Tucson Convention Center.
Developer: Caliber Hospitality. Architect: Swaim Associates.
Status: Rio Nuevo in discussions with developer to include a four-level parking garage; expected construction start in early 2019.,

exterior, lobby renderings

site plan; project site photo
(site plan, photo: Rio Nuevo; renderings: Caliber Hospitality)

75 Broadway (N. side of Broadway Blvd., between Scott & 6th Aves.) - previous 20-story proposal has been downsized to 12 stories with 150k s.f. office space on floors 8-12, 40k s.f. retail/restaurants on floors 1-2 and 350 parking spaces on levels 3-7.
Developers: JE Dunn/Bog Creek Development, Dabdoub/Schwabe. Architect: Swaim & Associates. Contractor: JE Dunn Construction.
Status: developer has signed a sublease with Rio Nuevo and is now soliciting tenants; projected start in 2019.,

(courtesy: CBRE)

Hotel Arizona renovation (181 W. Broadway Blvd.) - $20M renovation of downtown 13-story former Hotel Arizona as a 309-key, Hilton-branded convention hotel; Rio Nuevo to take title of the property and provide sales tax rebates and site-specific tax payments through 2025. Developer: HSL Properties. Architect: Swaim & Associates.
Status: developer seeking GPLET approval from the city; projected start in early 2019.,

(renders: HSL Properties; photo: A.E. Araiza)

Graduate Tucson & The Collective at Main Gate (SEC of Tyndall Ave. & Second St.) - revised plan of previously proposed hotel with mixed-use TOD in a 14-story tower to include a 165-key Graduate Hotel, 238 market-rate apartments and 6k s.f. ground-floor retail/restaurant space adjoining a public plaza.
Developers: Marshall Foundation, Core Tucson Main Gate LLC. Architect: Antunovich Associates.
Status: expected construction timeline: early 2019 to late 2020.,

renders of project (looking northwest) and public plaza

renders looking southeast, aerial view; site plan
(courtesy: Antunovich Associates)

Moxy & Element Hotels, Rialto Theatre renovation (NEC of E. Broadway Blvd. & N. 5th Ave.) - $88M project featuring a 16-story, dual-branded hotel tower with a 109-key Moxy Hotel and a 140-key Element Hotel; also includes upgrades to the Rialto Theatre. (The Rialto will temporarily relocate to the Corbett Building during the two years of construction.) Developers: Rudy Dabdoub, Scott Stiteler. Architects: Axis/GFA Architecture, FORS Architecture.
Status: Rio Nuevo has approved sales tax rebates not to exceed 12% of total project cost; projected start in 2019.,

(courtesy: Axis/GFA Architecture, FORS Architecture)

44 E. Broadway mixed-use (44 E. Broadway & E. Jackson St.) - $34.3M project to include the rehab of over 6k s.f. of ground-floor retail in existing building and construction of two new buildings (next to 44 E. Broadway and connecting across Jackson St.) with 18k s.f. of ground-floor retail, three levels of parking, and 61 s.f. of office on top floors.
Developers: Ron Schwabe, Marcel Dabdoub.
Status: Rio Nuevo has approved sales tax incentives; build-out of ground-floor retail in existing building continues; construction of two new buildings to begin in 2019.,

preliminary sketches
(courtesy: Rio Nuevo)

Hampton Inn, Home2 Suites at Cathedral Square (141 S. Stone Ave.) - six-story downtown complex across from St. Augustine Cathedral with a 75-key Hampton Inn and a 123-key, extended-stay Home2 Suites. Developer: Fayth Hospitality Group.
Status: Rio Nuevo approved 25-year GPLET lease and up to $7.5M in tax rebates; projected construction timeline: June, 2019 - late 2020.,

(courtesy: Fayth Hospitality Group)

Tucson Convention Center renovations (260 S. Church Ave.) - upwards of $50M for renovations to the 1971 facility as outlined below. Developer/Owner: Rio Nuevo.
Status: $2.2M approved by Rio Nuevo to replace the ice plant and floor of the TCC Arena in Summer, 2019; the board is seeking architect designs and bids for remaining improvements:
- Convention Center/Exhibit Halls/Meeting Rooms/Ballroom - $7.7M
- Music Hall - $7.6M
- Leo Rich Theater - $2.7M
- Eckbo Plaza - $11M
- Arena - $4.3M
(The city of Tucson will pay to repair/replace all HVAC systems, estimated at $3.4M),

Chroma (SWC of E. Speedway Blvd. & N. Camino Miramonte) - proposed midtown mixed-use project includes a six-story tower with residential/office/retail, a three-story residential building and a one-story retail building. Developer: SMDSK Encanto LLC. Architect: BWS Architects.
Status: possible construction start in mid-2019.

(courtesy: Chroma)

Speedway Campbell Gateway (NWC of Speedway Blvd. & Campbell Ave.) - proposed $300M redevelopment of a 2.5-acre site near the eastern terminus of the Sun Link streetcar as a TOD complex with a 20-story tower plus two 10-story sections; project may have up to 420k s.f., including retail/restaurants, grocery, office/medical, residential or hotel, and parking.
Developer: Richard Shenkarow and partners. Architect: Rick Joy Architects.
Status: project rezoning approved in June; final design now underway. Possible construction start in 2019.,

preliminary renderings
(courtesy: Rick Joy Architects)

Volvo site redevelopment (S. side of Broadway Blvd., between Tyndall & Park Aves.) - adaptive reuse project of up to $24M to include retail, restaurant and possibly hotel components (will include $2.1M investment from Rio Nuevo). Owner/Developer: Sloane McFarland.

early rendering and current site photo
(courtesy: Rio Nuevo)

Hotel Euclid/Residence Inn (NEC of Euclid Ave. & 4th St.) - six-story, 140-key hotel with 8,500 s.f. ground-floor retail and 97-space parking plenum.
Developer: 7one4 Tucson LLC. Architect: Vint & Associates.
Status: city approved the demolition of four dilapidated, historic structures onsite prior to project construction; final design still under review.,

(site map: Arizona Daily Star; rendering: Vint & Associates)

The Bautista (N. of Cushing St., W. of Santa Cruz River) - a mixed-use TOD project to include 294 market-rate apartments and 20k s.f. retail in three-, four- and five-story buildings, featuring cooling towers in the surrounding courtyards. Developers: The Gadsden Co., Aerie Development. Architects: Moule & Polyzoides, Swaim Associates.
Status: in planning and design stage.

(courtesy: Moule & Polyzoides)

Downtown Links (btw. Broadway Blvd. & I-10) - $85M project to connect Barraza-Aviation Parkway from Broadway Blvd. to I-10 with a 1.3-mile, four-lane roadway north of the Union Pacific railroad tracks, providing alternate access to and around downtown by foot, bike, vehicle, and public transit.
Phase 1 - 8th St. drainage - $7.4M (COMPLETED - May, 2012)
Phase 2 - St. Mary's section (I-10 to Church Ave.) - $7.3M (COMPLETED - April, 2014)
Phase 3 - Reconstruction of the Tucson Arroyo culvert from 6th Ave. to 10th Ave.; construction of a new 6th St. alignment, railroad underpass, and 9th Ave. Deck Plaza; construction of the new four-lane Links roadway (the Maclovio Barraza Parkway), 6th Ave. bridge, and a shared-use pathway from 6th St. to Broadway Blvd.
Status: RTA is looking to trim Phase 3 project costs as all bids far exceeded construction estimates; the $39M final phase will then be rebid.,,

site map, 9th Ave. Deck Plaza renderings

(courtesy: city of Tucson)

The Ronstadt (NEC of 6th Ave. & Congress St.) - $127M, multi-modal transit/mixed-use project on 4.7 acres downtown with a 12-story and three 7-story buildings, including a 128-key hotel, 256 housing units, 50k s.f. office, 62k s.f. retail/restaurants, 450-space parking garage, linear transit mall and public market.
Developers: Peach Properties, 5/NorthFifth. Architect: Swaim Associates. Contractor: Ryan Companies.
Status: project awaiting FTA approval.,,

(courtesy: Swaim Associates)

Union on Sixth (S. side of 6th St. between 4th & 5th Aves.) - proposed 254-unit apartment complex from 3-7 stories with 7,500 s.f. ground-floor retail and 180 parking spaces.
Developer: EdR.
Status: initial review committee approved design with some conditions in August; possible demolitions within 12 months and construction start by late 2019.,,

renders of SWC at 4th Ave. & 6th St. (L) and 6th St. elevation (R)

render of SEC at 6th St. and 5th Ave.; site plan
(courtesy: EdR)

Partners on Fourth mixed-use (NWC of 4th Ave. & E. 9th St.) - proposed mixed-use TOD project with building heights stair-stepping from 30' on 4th Ave. to possibly 160' (14 stories) along E. Stevens Ave.; will include ground-floor retail, commercial office space and market-rate apartments. Developer: Partners on Fourth.
Status: rezoning approved by the city; developer continuing to have community meetings for further project input.,

preliminary concept plan
(courtesy: Partners on Fourth)

Speedway & Euclid student housing (NWC of E. Speedway Blvd. & N. Euclid Ave.) - proposed student housing complex in five-story buildings with 163 units/500 beds, including underground parking and ground-floor retail. Developer: Peak Campus. Architect: Ayers Saint Gross.
Status: in planning stages--project needing a Planned Area Development (PAD) and an amendment to the University Area Plan.,

(courtesy: Ayers Saint Gross)

Arena Site project (E. side of I-10, btw. Congress St. and Cushing St.) - $100M+ downtown mixed-use, transit-oriented development on 17 acres: 140-key hotel and 96 apartments--each on four floors in separate buildings above four-level parking podiums with ground-floor retail; 120k s.f. exhibit hall and parking garage connected to the Tucson Convention Center, and a 60k s.f. visual arts center on the north end of the site. Owner/Developer: Nor-Generations.
Status: per their agreement with Rio Nuevo, Nor-Gen has until Sept., 2020 (42 months after the Greyhound relocation) to spend at least $10M on the site or face penalties of up to $2.5M.,

Nor-Gen's preliminary site plan and renderings, site photo looking southwest
(courtesy: Nor-Gen; photo: Becky Pallack)

Benedictine Monastery redevelopment/adaptive re-use (800 N. Country Club Rd.) - proposed redevelopment of historic seven-acre property to include 250 new luxury apartments in a U-shaped building of 3, 4 and 5 stories to surround the original structure built in 1940, plus a 4-level parking structure; monastery to receive historical status and adapted for another use yet to be determined. Developer: Ross Rulney. Architect: Poster Frost Mirto.
Status: city has begun historic designation process to preserve monastery; developer has agreed to a 55' maximum height for new buildings, and is seeking a Planned Area Development (PAD).,

earlier renderings with taller structures

(renders: Poster Frost Mirto; site plan: Steve Kozachik; photo: Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation)

UA Applied Research Building (SWC of E. Helen St. & N. Highland Ave.) - $50M, 60k s.f.multi-story building to be adjacent to the Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering Building, consolidating numerous strategic, interdisciplinary research programs in one location.
Status: project expected to receive final approval in late November: expected construction timeline: Summer, 2020 - Fall, 2021.,

UA Grand Challenges Research Building - $150M, 170k s.f., 10-story building (8 stories above grade) just south of the Meinel Optical Sciences Building to be an interdisciplinary research facility in close proximity to other research entities with the overall theme of tackling critical problems at the edge of human endeavor.
Status: project expected to receive final approval in late November: expected construction timeline: mid-2020 - late 2022.,

Mercado District (west of I-10, btw. Congress St. and Cushing St.) - 32 acres for mixed-use TOD including single- and multi-family housing, retail, restaurants and parking garages.
Owner: Rio Nuevo, The Gadsden Co. and others. Developers: The Gadsden Co., Gorman & Company, Aerie Development.
Mercado San Agustín - 15k s.f. retail/restaurant complex and public market (May, 2011)
Sentinel Plaza: six-story building with 143 apartments for low-income seniors - developed by Senior Housing Group (July, 2012)
MSA Annex: 20k s.f. of retail/restaurants, 500-seat performance venue (April, 2018 - SEE ABOVE)
Under construction:
West End Station: 70 affordable apartments/retail (SEE ABOVE)
The Monier (south of Mercado San Agustin) - 122 market-rate apartments, 13k s.f. retail (SEE ABOVE)
Future projects:
The Bautista (south of Sentinel Plaza) - 294-unit apartment complex with 20k s.f. of retail (SEE ABOVE)
The West Abbey (next to West End Station) - proposed 104 market-rate apartments, 18k s.f. retail
Menlo Park Commons (south of West End Station): 33k s.f. retail with a 500-space parking garage
Menlo Park Rowhouses (west of Mercado San Agustin) - nine rowhouses with underground parking (SEE BELOW)
101 Linda Ave. (west of Sentinel Plaza) - build-to-suit development site for lease, possibly commercial office,

(courtesy: Rio Nuevo)

The Bridges (N. of I-10 btw. Kino Parkway & Park Ave., acreage west of Park Ave.) - 350-acre infill project on former site of Tucson Downtown Airport to include:
- UA Tech Park at The Bridges (65 acres, 3.2M s.f. mixed-use project with housing, R&D facilities, offices, hotel and conference center - SEE BELOW)
- Tucson Marketplace at The Bridges (115 acres, 1M+ s.f. regional retail power center - SEE BELOW)
- Corporate employment center, multi-family housing and community park (Bourn Companies to develop 112 acres (outlined in yellow), including a new 200k s.f. office building on 20 acres for GEICO by the end of 2019 - SEE ABOVE)
- additional parks and open space (55 acres)
Developers: Eastbourne Investments, Ltd., Retail West Properties, Genesis Tucson South, Bourn Companies,

aerial site plan

Tucson Marketplace at The Bridges (N. of I-10 btw. Kino Parkway & Park Ave.) - 1M+ s.f. regional retail power center on 114 acres.
Developers: Eastbourne Investments, Ltd., Retail West Properties, Genesis Tucson South.
Status: project over 60% built with Costco, Walmart, Century Theatres and Dave & Busters as anchor tenants; build-out of remaining pads is ongoing.

2017 aerial photo with retail outline; signage
(site plans, photos: Retail West, AZ Daily Star)

UA Tech Park at The Bridges (SWC of 36th St. & Kino Parkway) - 65-acre research park for an eventual 3.2M s.f. buildout including office, hotel, conference center, and rental housing.
Status: The Boyer Company has been chosen to develop the 20-acre Technology Precinct, with the Innovation and Technology Complex (ITC) as the initial project, and the first building to be $40M, four-story, 120k s.f. ($20M to be funded by the UA).,

site plan; aerial rendering looking north

Innovation & Technology Complex South render ; ITC North and South buildings
(courtesy: UA)

Sonoran Corridor Highway (from I-10/Rita Rd. to I-19 near Pima Mine Rd.) - $600M, 16-mile auxiliary interstate highway to connect two of the region's high-tech employment zones, create a southern entrance to Tucson International Airport, and improve access for southern metro residents to central and eastside employment centers.
Status: the Tier 1 EIS initiated in May, 2017 continues in order to identify Selected Corridor Alternatives, after which environmental studies will be done for each as part of Tier 2; $30M still needed for planning, design, ROW acquisitions and initial construction.,

preliminary corridor route
(courtesy: Pima County)


Mercado Rowhouses (876-894 W. Paseo de los Zanjeros) - $3.8M for nine rowhouses with underground parking just west of Mercado San Agustín. Developer: The Gadsden Cos.
Status: final plat approved; construction timeline unknown.

(site plan: city of Tucson; render: Cushman & Wakefield)

Block 175 development (bordered by Franklin & Council Sts., Church & Court Aves.) - two-acre downtown city block currently used as a parking lot to be developed as a mixed-use project with 138 affordable housing units. Owner: Industrial Development Authority of Tucson. Architect: RAH architects.
Status: IDA has put the block up for sale.,

preliminary renderings

map; site photo looking northwest
(renders: RAH architects; map, photo: Arizona Daily Star)

22nd Street View (NEC of I-10 and 22nd St.) - $15M, 150k s.f., three-story building on 6.5 acres, with a 50k s.f. third-floor exhibit hall above 86 business condos on the first two floors, primarily for Mineral & Gem Show exhibitors. Developer: Eons Expos. Architect: Rob Paulus.
Status: project postponed 2-3 years, possibly to be reconfigured as a two-story structure.,,

(courtesy: Rob Paulus)

The Armory (246 E. Broadway Blvd.) -proposed five-story building with 170 market-rate apartments over two levels of parking and ground-floor retail.
Owner/developer: Peach Properties.
Status: preliminary discussions with other parties to develop the property.

early rendering; site photo looking northeast
(render: Peach Properties; photo:

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