Economic Development Blog

Downtown Business Trend Report

May 4, 2017

What’s the pulse on business activity Downtown? On average, a new business opens in the Downtown area every two weeks. 14 new businesses have opened so far in 2017. 25 new businesses opened in 2016 Since the start of last year, 39 new businesses have opened. At least 17 more businesses will open this year.  […]

One East

May 4, 2017

Completed: One East Broadway is an $18 million mixed-use commercial office, residential and retail complex at 1 E. Broadway adjacent to the historic Chase Bank building. The project completed in 2013 is approximately 26,434 square feet of office space, 4,115 square feet of retail space, 24 apartment units and a parking garage. Developers Art Wadlund and Rob […]

Downtown Pulse

May 4, 2017

The Downtown Tucson landscape is rapidly changing.  A new business opens every couple weeks and new construction projects are underway or starting soon.  To get a pulse on what’s happening Downtown lately, click on the monthly updates below.

Downtown Housing Forecast

May 4, 2017

What housing projects are coming to Downtown Tucson? 76 new homes have been built in 2017 (McCormick and Downtown Motor). 40 new market rate homes are currently being built by way of renovating the Historic Coronado Hotel on 4th Ave. 602 homes will hit the market in 2018. More than half of the current projects are market-rate […]


May 3, 2017

Completed: Luxury urban living in Downtown Tucson! Construction is complete on the 25 new multi-story, market-rate apartment complex across from St. Augustine Cathedral on Stone Avenue. Different floor plans are available and all units come with a garage. Now Leasing:  

AC Hotel Tucson by Marriott

May 3, 2017

  Under Construction: The new 8-story, European style hotel will be Downtown’s first hotel in over 45 years and will feature 136 rooms, a rooftop pool with nearby bar, a restaurant, a 200-space public parking garage, and nearly 6,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. Six of the 136 rooms will be […]

City Park

May 3, 2017

Under Construction: City Park, developed by Bourn Companies, is a transit oriented development located on Congress street just east of Stone Ave. The first floor of the soon to be constructed 5 story City Park building at 40 E Congress will house a food hall. The first floors of the existing neighboring buildings at 20 E […]

Cathedral Square

May 3, 2017

Under Construction: Cathedral Square is a project that will restore the historic Our Lady’s Chapel, the rectory building and the Marist College building. St. Augustine Cathedral’s parish hall has been demolished and is being replaced with a $12 million, 50,000 square foot four story complex. The Diocesan Complex will house offices for the cathedral on the […]

The Westerner & Westpoint Apartments

May 3, 2017

Under Construction: Located at 10 E Broadway Blvd, the historic Westerner building was built in 1961 and will be redeveloped by COPE Community Services. Designed by Carhuff + Cueva Architects, the existing 55,024 sqft four-story building will undergo a renovation for offices, ground floor commercial and 3,000 sqft of retail. A new 38,421 sqft six-story addition will […]

Mercado San Agustín Annex

May 3, 2017

Under Construction: The 28,4805 sqft mixed-used, 38 modified shipping container project west of downtown in the Mercado district will feature restaurants, bars, a retail mall, a 500-seat outdoor entertainment and festival venue, and adjacent ground level parking. Developed by The Gadsden Company, MSA Annex will be a $5.2 million expansion of the vibrant Mercado San Agustín Public Market. […]

7th Avenue Commons

May 3, 2017

Under Construction: Located at 529 North 7th Avenue, at the intersection of 7th Avenue and 5th Street (southwest corner), construction is underway on a project by Gardner Capital Development that will include 50 affordable housing units and a community center. Designed by Biltform Architecture of Phoenix, 27 apartments will be located within the existing 12,000 sqft warehouse/office […]

Scott Avenue Streetscape

May 3, 2017

  Construction beginning soon: The City of Tucson is proposing a $750,000 streetscape improvement to Scott Avenue from Congress to Pennington and will keep the two-way vehicle concept. The project, designed by Norris Design, will create extended sidewalks, enhanced crosswalks, a bike corral, new streetlights, new trees in tree grates, festival lights overhanging Scott and […]

Chicago Music Store Building

May 3, 2017

Under Construction: The 21,155 square-foot Chicago Music Store building at 130 E. Congress is being gutted and retrofitted for a retail center by developers Ron Schwabe of Peach Properties and Marcel Dabdoub. Multiple lease inquiries have been received for the historic structure. Rio Nuevo is currently working with Peach Properties to recruit tenants and with Pima County to lease the […]

Historic Pima County Courthouse

May 3, 2017

Under Construction: Pima County is currently renovating the building that will become the future home of the Western National Parks Association, Visit Tucson, the UA Mineral Museum, the Arizona Historical Society and space for the January 8th Memorial. Listed on the National Register of Historical Places, the exterior of the courthouse building is being repainted to […]

Riverpark Inn

May 3, 2017

Under Construction: The 40-year-old, hotel at 777 W Cushing street just west of I-10 will receive a $2.2 million renovation that will include new finishes, furniture, fixtures, and bathrooms, plus upgrades to heating and cooling and the addition of sliding glass doors. The project will retain the building’s charm while bringing it up to par […]

Downtown Links

May 3, 2017

Construction beginning soon: Downtown Links is an improvement project funded by the Regional Transportation Authority and partnered with the Tucson Department of Transportation, designed and constructed by HDR, that will provide enhancements, benefits, and connections for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. The three major benefits of this alignment include: Railroad-related improvements, new roadway drainage systems, and more multi-modal connections. […]

January 8th Memorial at El Presidio Park

April 3, 2017

Proposed: Chee Salette Architecture Office (CSAO) has revealed the final design for Tucson’s January 8th Memorial + Presidio Park master plan. The Arizona House of Representatives approved HB 2436 which would appropriate a matching $2.5 million in state funds to the project which has already raised $2.5 million. The bill died in the state senate and was […]

RendezVous Urban Flats

April 3, 2017

  Proposed: Aerie Development LLC, is proposing 130,000 sqft mixed use building on the neighboring lot of Tucson’s tallest building, One South Church, at the SW corner of Congress and Stone. The project proposes a six story building with ground floor retail and 100 market-rate housing units that are either one or two bedrooms ranging […]

The Ronstadt

April 3, 2017

  Proposed: Peach Properties proposal to redevelop the Ronstadt Transit Center was chosen by the City of Tucson in 2015. One requirement of the proposal is to keep Ronstadt as a full functioning transit center. The 4.7 acre key downtown development also includes plans for a mix of 300 residential units, commercial and retail along […]

Trinity Mixed-use

April 3, 2017

Proposed: The Trinity mixed use project, developed by R+R Development and Bourn Companies and designed by Rob Paulus Architects, is located directly adjacent to two Modern Street car stops in the center of the Historic West University neighborhood. It will replace unused buildings at the Trinity Presbyterian Church complex located at 400 W University. The project proposes two […]

Downtown Motor Apartments

April 3, 2017

Completed: The 44 affordable housing project at 383 S Stone Ave across from the Police station was completed at the end of February. Portions of the original historic property remain and will be used for the office and lobby areas. A new 4-story addition has been constructed at the rear of the property to allow for covered […]

The Mark

April 3, 2017

  Proposed: Landmark Properties, the leader in student housing development, is proposing an eight and four-story 154 unit (595 bed) student housing complex on a three and a half acre block on the NW corner of Broadway Blvd and Park Ave. Demolition of the old Mark building, built in 1957, is complete. Construction is expected to […]

Moxy by Marriott

April 2, 2017

Proposed: A millennial minded hotel concept called the Moxy by Marriott was approved at 45 N. 5th Ave or on top of depot plaza parking garage across from Hotel Congress. Designed by FORS Architecture + Interiors, the building will be eight-stories with 100+ rooms and a ground floor restaurant. The project was approved by Rio Nuevo to allow developer […]

West End Station

April 1, 2017

  Proposed: Gorman & Company, Inc. is the developer for West End Station which will be a new $12 million, 70-unit affordable housing development at the west end of the Mercado District along Congress street. West End Station, adjacent the Sun Link Modern Streetcar line at 855 W. Congress St., is one of the first Section […]

Monier Apartments

April 1, 2017

Proposed: Located in the Mercado District west of downtown, The Monier will be four story, 122 market-rate apartment project over 13,450 sqft ground-floor retail and office space, underground parking and amenitized fourth floor with a gym, flex space, yoga studio, spa and a roofdeck pool. Proposed by The Gadsden Company and Holualoa Companies, Monier will be […]

La Placita Village

March 30, 2017

Proposed: HSL Properties was approved for a GPLET in March and will spend an estimated $38.5 million for demolition of the existing structure and construction of a new one. Demolition of the 1973 property is scheduled to begin by the end of May, and a 6-story building with 240 apartments and ground-floor retail will be […]

The Arizona Hotel Building

March 25, 2017

Completed: The Arizona Hotel building at 35 N. Sixth Avenue underwent a $4.8 million renovation that includes the Arizona Hotel Apartments, offering 16 market-rate 1-bedroom and studio apartments on the second floor and free basement storage per unit. The ground floor is occupied by Miss Saigon restaurant, a UPS Store, and still has 2 suites available for […]

The Brings Building

March 15, 2017

Completed: The former Bring Funeral Home building located at 236 S. Scott Ave was purchased by Peach Properties and is part of a larger public-private partnership with Rio Nuevo and Marcel Dabdoub to restore a total of four historic downtown Tucson buildings. The 13,845 sqft building was converted to build-to-suit office and retail spaces ranging from 200 […]

One West

March 5, 2017

Completed: One West was completed in October of 2016 and has brought 40 multi-family apartments to the very heart of downtown Tucson, offering tenants exceptional access to everything downtown has to offer. Plus, with its convenient location along the modern street car route, One West offers easy transit-oriented access to the entire Central Business District and the […]