By Joe Ferguson for Arizona Daily Star
Local developer Don Bourn has unveiled a new vision for downtown Tucson: A first-of-its-kind food hall featuring a number of local chefs under one roof.
City Park, detailed in a quarterly report to the Rio Nuevo Board, would include approximately 15 retail and restaurant vendors in dedicated kiosks with shared seating. The food hall would be on the first floor of a five-story building proposed for an empty lot on Congress Street between Scott and Stone avenues.
On the second floor, Bourn wants to build a bowling alley as well as several rooms that could be rented out for everything from children’s birthday parties to themed karaoke nights.
The third and fourth floors would be office space, with the fifth floor offering space for flexible uses and a rooftop patio.
Bourn says the glass and concrete building he plans is a bold design, and he hopes it joins a list of buildings in downtown Tucson that remain iconic for years to come.
The Rio Nuevo board agreed earlier this year to give Bourn a $2.6M loan to help complete financing for his long-stalled project.
Bourn bought the entire block from the city for $100 in 2004.
Bourn expects to break ground early next year.
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