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Hilton at Cathedral Square

  Under Construction: Fayth Hospitality is proposing a 198-room dual branded hotel, at 141 S. Stone Avenue, across the street from St. Augustine Cathedral. Hampton Inn and Home2 Suites, both Hilton brands, will occupy the proposed 6-story building along Stone Avenue. According to Rio Nuevo, the Hampton Inn will have 73 rooms while the extended […]

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Kasser Family Wing – Tucson Museum of Art

    Under Construction: In April of 2018, Tucson Museum of Art received a $2.5 million gift from trustee and Tucson business leader, I. Michael Kasser. The gift is the single most significant individual donor gift in the museum’s history. It is being used to construct a 6,000 square-foot gallery, to be named the Kasser Family Wing, […]

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Arizona Forge at Roy Place

  Under Construction: The University of Arizona (UA) is undergoing a $2 million project to renovate the historic Roy Place building at 44 N Stone Ave. According to Arizona Forge, once completed the space will combine two disparate industries, align with UA Research unit(s), provide incubator for early stage startups, be a workspace for industry […]

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Union on 6th

  Under Construction: Greystar Real Estate Partners (acquired EdR), is the developer behind a transit-oriented and mixed-use complex at a prominent corner on Historic Fourth Avenue. Union on 6th will be a primarily residential complex consisting of 255 market rate apartments designed to attract young professionals and students that want access to the abundance of […]

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DoubleTree by Hilton TCC Hotel

    Under Construction: On May 13th, Caliber –The Wealth Development Company (developer) and Ryan Companies (general contractor) broke ground on a $38 million, 170 room DoubleTree by Hilton hotel on the east side of the TCC on part of the current parking lot A. According to Caliber, the hotel will include four suites, one […]

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January 8th Memorial

  Under Construction: 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 […]

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Caterpillar Tucson Mining Center

  Nearing Completion: 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 […]

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The Monier

  Under Construction: Located in the Mercado District west of downtown, The Monier will be a four-story, 122 market-rate apartment project over 13,000 sqft ground-floor retail and office space, 148-space underground parking and other amenities for residents. Local developers Gadsden Company, held a ground breaking ceremony on November 15th. Monier will be adjacent to two other […]

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Ochoa Streetscape

  Under Construction: In conjunction with the new development and revitalization at Cathedral Square, Rio Nuevo will fund $1 million in streetscape improvements to Ochoa Street from Church Avenue to Stone Avenue. Improvements include setting the roadway with a brick pavers, enhanced sidewalks, shade trees and other enhancements. The streetscape improvements will enhance the walkway […]

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Central Block Rehabilitation

  Under Construction: Developers Ron Schwabe and Marcel Dabdoub are partnering to remodel the buildings at 98 (former Wig-o-Rama), 100 (former Grill) 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. Tucson’s […]

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The Flin

  Under Construction: 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 began in May of 2018, and will be replaced with a proposed 6-story residential building with 220,725 sqft. The […]

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RendezVous Urban Flats

  Under Construction: RendeZvous Urban Flats will be a six story 121,000 sqft building with 104 market-rate apartments that are either one or two bedrooms ranging from 700-1,310 sqft and 4,200 sqft of ground floor retail. The project is also incorporating a ground-level plaza with amenities such as Ben’s Bells salvaged art, water features, barbecue […]

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Cathedral Square and The Marist

  Under Construction/Complete: The Cathedral Square, is a joint 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 Conference […]

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Downtown Clifton Hotel

Under Construction: The Downtown Clifton Hotel located at 485 S Stone Ave is expanding from currently 10 rooms to 30. The hotel was originally built in 1947 and restored in 2015 into a vintage hotel. The 20 room expansion plus a new kitchen and lounge area will be constructed in four new 2-story buildings and two […]

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Historic Pima County Courthouse

  Under Construction: Pima County is continuing to renovate the historic former courthouse that will become a Southern Arizona tourism center in the heart of Downtown. The space will house a regional visitor center anchored by Visit Tucson, Pima County Attractions and Tourism and the UA Gem and Mineral Museum. The former courthouse is listed […]

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Trinity Mixed Use

  Under Construction/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. The project will replace unused buildings at the Trinity Presbyterian Church complex located at 400 W University and […]

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The Westerner & West Point Apartments

  Completed/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 is undergoing a renovation for offices, ground floor commercial and 3,000 sqft of retail. A new 38,421 sqft six-story addition […]

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44 Broadway

  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 […]

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City Park

  Under Construction: City Park (20,40, 60 E Congress St), developed by Bourn Companies, is a transit oriented development located on Congress street just east of Stone Ave and a Sun Link modern streetcar stop. The first floor of the 5 story City Park building, at 40 E Congress, will house a food hall. The first […]

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The Mark

  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 […]

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Completed

West End Station

  Completed: Gorman & Company, Inc. and the Gadsden Company were the 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 located in the […]

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The Boxyard Tucson

  Complete: The new box car development on 4th Avenue at 238 N. Fourth Ave, developed by local Cypress Civil Development and designed by RAHarchitects is complete. Eventually The Boxyard will have 4 new restaurants that will compliment the 2 currently open bars. Indoor and outdoor community dining is housed and enclosed by ten re-purposed box cars […]

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7th Avenue Commons

  Completed: Located at 529 North 7th Avenue, at the intersection of 7th Avenue and 5th Street (southwest corner), construction is now complete 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 are located within the existing 12,000 sqft warehouse/office building […]

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Mercado San Agustín Annex

  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 […]

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Broadway Dedicated Bike Lanes

  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 […]

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CITY Collaborative Learning Center

  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 […]

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Coronado Hotel Apartments

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 […]

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HUB & Playground Remodel

  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 […]

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Scott Avenue Streetscape

  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 […]

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TMA Renovation

  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 […]

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AC Hotel Tucson by Marriott

  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. […]

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The Brings Building

  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 […]

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Two East Congress

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 […]

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McCormick

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  

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Greyhound Bus Terminal

  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 […]

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Downtown Motor Apartments

  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 […]

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One West

  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 […]

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The Arizona Hotel Building

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 […]

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The Cadence

  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 […]

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One East

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 […]

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TEP Headquarters

  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 […]

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MLK Apartments

  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 […]

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Proposed

Julian Drew Lofts

  Proposed: Local developer Ross Rulney is proposing to construct a new five-story building consisting of 44 loft units next to the historic Julian Drew at 182 E. Broadway Blvd. The mixed-use development includes 3,350 sq. ft. of ground floor retail facing Broadway Blvd., as well as a rooftop terrace on top of the historic […]

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TCC Renovation

  Proposed: Via Rio Nuevo News Release (August 14, 2019): At an August 13 special meeting, the Rio Nuevo Board of Directors unanimously approved a $65 million improvement plan for the Tucson Convention Center and surrounding campus, including the Tucson Music Hall, Leo Rich Theater and the Eckbo Plaza and Fountain. Rio Nuevo officials will […]

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Hotel Arizona Remodel

  Proposed: Pueblo Partners LLC (HSL Properties) is proposing an estimated $45 million renovation to the former Hotel Arizona (181 W. Broadway Blvd.) which opened in 1973 and closed in 2012. When reopened, the hotel is reported to be Hyatt Regency with around 296 rooms and close to 20,000 sqft of convention and meeting space. […]

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75 Broadway

  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. J.E. Dunn, a Kansas City, Missouri developer, submitted a proposal for a 20-story 250,000 sqft tower with the first […]

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Downtown Links

Proposed: 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. Phase III […]

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Presidio Duplex

    Proposed: At its May board meeting, Rio Nuevo approved up to $450,000 to renovate the historic Presidio Duplex located next to the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum. The Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation has obtained a liquor license and has sought bids for the renovation of approximately 1,400 sqft that can […]

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CITY Collaborative Learning Center

  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 […]

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Rialto Theatre Renovation

  Proposed: The Rialto Theatre Foundation is raising money for improvements through a new capital campaign called, I Rock the Rialto. The goal of the campaign is $1,000,000 for renovations 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, […]

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Chicago Music Store Building

Proposed: The 21,155 square-foot Chicago Music Store building at 130 E. Congress will be 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 Downtown […]

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Ramada by Wyndham Tucson

  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 […]

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The Ronstadt

  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 […]

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