Economic Development Blog

44 Broadway

May 8, 2018

  Under Construction/Proposed: At its April meeting, The Rio Nuevo Board authorized completion of a mixed-use project at 44 E Broadway. Developers, Ron Schwabe and Marcel Dabdoub, are renovating 26,120 sqft on the ground floor of the exisiting building for office and retail, to be completed late 2018. The project also includes construction of two […]


Mercado San Agustín Annex

May 3, 2018

  Completed: Developed by The Gadsden Company MSA Annex, located at  267 S Avenida Del Convento, is a $12 million expansion of the vibrant Mercado San Agustín Public Market. The 31,755 sqft mixed-used, 38 modified shipping container project west of downtown in the Mercado District features restaurants, bars, a retail mall, a 500-seat outdoor entertainment and festival venue. MSA […]


Broadway Dedicated Bike Lanes

April 9, 2018

  Completed: Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation, began a bicycle/pedestrian improvement project in January 2018 from Broadway from Aviation Parkway to Fourth Avenue downtown. Crews constructed a Two-Way Cycle Track (also known as separated/protected bike lanes) on westbound Broadway. The work also included the […]


CITY Collaborative Learning Center

March 30, 2018

  Completed/Proposed: The first phase of renovations are complete as Arizona nonprofit CITY Center for Collaborative learning renovates the historic Howard & Stofft Stationery building (37 E Pennington) into a modern collaborative learning center for its students. The center, which neighbors City High School, expands the downtown campus and adds significant additional space for innovative […]


Rialto Theatre Renovation

March 19, 2018

  Proposed: The Rialto Theatre Foundation is raising money through a new capital campaign called, I Rock the Rialto. The goal of the campaign is $1,000,000 for improvements to the theatre and its facilities including restroom expansion and improvements, re-designing the main bar, tiering the auditorium floor, disability accessibility, upgrading the HVAC system, improve lighting […]


TCC Hotel Caliber Hospitality

February 6, 2018

    Proposed: Caliber Group (Hospitality) is proposing a $20 million, 125-room hotel on the east side of the TCC adjacent to the current parking lot. The parking lot will be restriped to add 90 additional parking spaces. The Rio Nuevo board signed off on an agreement last year(2017) that will allow Caliber to keep a […]


Central Block Rehabilitation

February 5, 2018

  Under Construction: Developers Ron Schwabe and Marcel Dabdoub are partnering to remodel the buildings at 98 (former Wig-o-Rama), 100 (former Grill), 108, and 110 (former Voodoo Jacks) East Congress Street into over 9,000 sqft of space for dining and retail. Each space will have the original brick facade rejuvenated close to its original splendor. […]


75 Broadway

February 5, 2018

  Proposed: In September of 2017, Rio Nuevo sent out a request for proposals for a mixed-use development at the current Pima County owned surface parking lot along Broadway Blvd between Scott Avenue and 6th Avenue. JE Dunn, a Kansas City, Missouri developer, submitted a proposal for a 20-story 250,000 sqft tower with the first […]


Coronado Hotel Apartments

February 5, 2018

Completed: Via Rob Paulus Architects: “The Coronado Hotel Repurpose marks the next phase and transition of the 1928 structure as part of the urban renewal of downtown Tucson. Opened first as a hotel, the building transitioned to assisted living in the 1992 and now, almost a hundred years later, the Coronado will be completely made […]


Hotel Arizona Remodel

February 5, 2018

  Proposed: HSL Properties is proposing a $20 million renovation to the former Hotel Arizona which opened in 1973 and closed temporarily in 2012. When reopened, the hotel is expected to be Hilton branded with around 300 rooms and close to 30,000 sqft of convention and event space. Rio Nuevo District has approved to provide […]


The Flin

February 4, 2018

  Proposed/Under Demolition: 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 market rate apartments and […]


The Boxyard on 4th

January 6, 2018

  Under Construction: A new boxcar development is coming to 4th Avenue at 238 N. Fourth Ave, developed by local Cypress Civil Development and designed by RAHarchitects. The Boxyard will have 4 new restaurants, 2 bars, and indoor and outdoor community dining housed in ten re-purposed box cars on a 12,000 sqft lot. The development includes […]


HUB & Playground Remodel

December 22, 2017

  Completed: Rio Nuevo and developer Scott Stiteler expanded their existing deal related to the AC Hotel Tucson by Marriott. Stiteler, owner of HUB and Playground and land lord of Elvira’s Restaurant, (all on the 200 block of east Congress) invested an additional $3.2 million for remodeling and improvements. HUB Restaurant and Ice Creamery enhancements include […]


Scott Avenue Streetscape

November 17, 2017

  Completed: Rio Nuevo funded a $750,000 streetscape improvement to Scott Avenue from Congress to Pennington and kept the two-way vehicle concept. The project, designed by Norris Design, created extended sidewalks, new streetlights, and new planters and landscape. This project is meant to improve the safety and security for pedestrians, bikes and vehicles while improving connectivity […]


Downtown Business Trends

October 26, 2017

Quick Facts: In 2017, on average, a new business opened every 10 days. 17 businesses have opened so far this year. Since January 2017, 56 new businesses have opened. Since 2008, a new business has opened once every 2 weeks. There were 26 new businesses in all of 2016. Over the last 3 years, over […]


Downtown Pulse

October 12, 2017

The Downtown Tucson landscape is rapidly changing.  A new business opens every couple weeks and construction projects are happening around nearly every corner. Since 2008, Downtown Tucson has experienced over $1.2 billion in public and private investments, and over another half billion dollars is being invested into current and proposed projects. 2017 State of Downtown […]


TMA Renovation

October 9, 2017

  Completed: Completed in October of 2017, Tucson Museum of Art underwent a $750,000 renovation that reworked the floor plan for a more open feel, added 5,000 square feet of gallery space, installed new flooring, and replaced the old AC system. TMA received a $2.5 donation in March 2018 from the Kasser Family; the largest […]


AC Hotel Tucson by Marriott

September 30, 2017

  Completed: The new 8-story, European style hotel is Downtown’s first hotel in over 45 years and features 136 rooms, a rooftop pool with nearby bar, a lobby bar and lounge, a fitness center, a locally managed spa, a 200-space public parking garage, and nearly 6,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. […]


Caterpillar Tucson Mining Center

September 29, 2017

  Under Construction: Caterpillar announced Tucson as the new centralized hub for the Surface Mining & Technology Division in 2016 and accepted Rio Nuevo’s offer to build a new building for its headquarters and lease it back to Caterpillar for a 25 year term. Located on the west side of Interstate 10, adjacent to Tucson’s […]


Downtown Housing Forecast

September 19, 2017

  There are 426 residential units currently under construction, with another 557 proposed. 30 have been complete so far this year (The Coronado). Another 272 homes are slated to be complete by the end of this year. 392 new homes will have been built in Downtown in 2017-18. 90 new homes were built in 2017 […]


The Brings Building

August 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 […]


Two East Congress

July 12, 2017

Completed: Art Wadlund and Rob Caylor, developers of the One East and One West projects, renovated floors 3-5 at historic Chase Bank building located at 2 E Congress St into 21 market-rate urban lofts. The lofts range from 398 sqft – 845 sqft and are available in seven different floor plans. There is a Modern Streetcar stop […]


McCormick

June 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: www.McCormickTucson.com  


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 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 Congress and 60 […]


Cathedral Square and The Marist

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 (click picture above to see rendering). The Diocesan Complex will […]


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 […]


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 7th Avenue Commons. Developed by Gardner Capital Development and designed by Biltform Architecture of Phoenix, the project includes 50 affordable housing units and a community center. 27 apartments will be located within the existing 12,000 sqft warehouse/office […]


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 partner developers Ron Schwabe of Peach Properties and Marcel Dabdoub of Dabdoub Investments. Rio Nuevo is also investing in the project as part of a larger Public-Private Partnership with the two developers to restore 4 historic […]


Historic Pima County Courthouse

May 3, 2017

  Under Construction: Pima County is currently renovating the building that will become the future home of 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 was repainted to match the original color. Exterior […]


Ramada by Wyndham Tucson

May 3, 2017

  Proposed: The 40-year-old hotel, at 777 W Cushing street just west of I-10, is in the process of re-branding from the former Riverpark Inn, to Ramada by Wyndham Tucson. The hotel will undergo renovations in phases which include new finishes, furniture, fixtures, and bathrooms, plus upgrades to heating and cooling and the addition of […]


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 a final design for Tucson’s January 8th Memorial + Presidio Park master plan. The Arizona House of Representatives approved HB 2436 in 2017 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 […]


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 […]


The Mark

April 3, 2017

Under Construction: Landmark Properties, the leader in student housing development, is developing 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. The main structure will be 8 stories high surrounded by 4 and 5 story structures, […]


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

  Under Construction: Gorman & Company, Inc. and the Gadsden Company are joint developers for West End Station, a $12 million 70-unit housing development located at 855 W Congress St. It is one of the first Section 811 projects approved in Arizona using the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. West End Station is the second project […]


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 […]


Greyhound Bus Terminal

March 29, 2017

  Completed: The new Greyhound Bus Terminal at 801 E 12th St, was funded by Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District and is being leased to Greyhound. Open to the public in March of 2017, the new bus terminal allows passengers to easily access the Downtown districts and the University of Arizona. The building is approximately […]


Downtown Motor Apartments

February 6, 2017

  Completed: The 44-unit 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 […]


One West

October 5, 2016

  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 Arizona Hotel Building

July 25, 2016

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 Cadence

March 13, 2013

  Completed in August of 2013, The Cadence is a University of Arizona sanctioned off-campus, privately owned student housing complex located in two buildings on both sides of Toole Avenue. Developed by Capstone LLC and its Tucson-based development partner OasisTucson, this transit oriented development created approximately 456 student beds in a range of 1, 2, 3, 4 […]


One East

January 14, 2013

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 […]


TEP Headquarters

November 1, 2011

  Completed: The nine-story building, completed in November 2011,  provides 170,000 square feet of office space for more than 425 employees of Tucson Electric Power (TEP), in the heart of downtown Tucson. The building also includes nearly 11,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space as well as a conference center, meeting rooms and about 500 […]


MLK Apartments

October 14, 2010

  Completed in the Fall of 2010, the MLK Apartments is a 6-story public housing complex consisting of 68-units for the elderly and/or people with disabilities and also a 2 level below-grade 52 space parking garage(Depot Plaza Garage). The City of Tucson was the developer and the total cost of the project was approximately $23 […]