By Tasha Anderson for AZBEX
The City of Tucson’s Main Gate Overlay District Review Committee heard a proposal from Core Campus at their February 6 meeting, for the development of a new mixed-use student housing complex planned for the SWC of Speedway Boulevard and Park Avenue.
The project, called Hub IV at Park & Speedway, will be located on six parcels at 902, 910, 914 and 916 E Speedway Boulevard and will stretch from Park Avenue to Tyndall. The property is currently separated by an alley and is expected to be consolidated into either two parcels or one depending on whether the alley is incorporated.
The property is zoned C-1 within the Main Gate District and is “currently developed with various commercial uses,” according to the owner’s preapplication submittal.
Hub IV at Park & Speedway will be a six-story, mixed-use development consisting of 115-135 “town home style” dwelling units with room for up to 499 beds, and approximately 9.5KSF of retail on the ground floor.
Features include below-grade and ground level parking composed of about 90 spaces, as well as an upper mezzanine level consisting of a pool and rooftop terrace will be available.
According to the submittal, the design is consistent with the requirements of the Main Gate District Overlay and “serves to transition the heights and densities of the nearby, taller student housing complexes,” by using a variety of materials and colors that complement the adjacent buildings.
The building’s location helps mitigate noise by strategically being placed near large University buildings and parking garages that act as buffers.
The streetscape will, “enhance the Tyndall pedestrian corridor with ‘town home style units fronting on Tyndall Avenue,” according to the submittal. “The project will also incorporate a ‘feature landscape/hardscape/monument’ element at Park & Speedway, which will accentuate and possibly identify the Main Gate District.”
Core has experience developing in the Main Gate District with their fourth project, The Collective, currently under construction.
In an email to BEX on February 19, Core Spaces Principal & Chief Development Officer, Eric Grimm noted that Hub IV is currently in the entitlements stage, and that construction is estimated to start in the Fall of 2019 for a 2021 delivery.
A general contractor has not yet been selected.