By Becky Pallack for Arizona Daily Star
Three surface parking lots in downtown Tucson are luring developers with visions of high-density projects.
The city was expected to issue a request for proposals this week for a two-acre city block in El Presidio neighborhood. The block is currently used as a parking lot across from El Charro Café.
Historically the block held homes and businesses, but the buildings were razed in the 1950s when the downtown area became blighted. The Downtown Development Corp. bought the block in the 1980s and then handed it over to the city’s Industrial Development Authority in 2008 after problems accounting for the cash from the parking operation.
The idea behind the request for proposals is to “cast a wide net” to see what developers think the best opportunity for the site could be.
South of Broadway
On the other side of downtown, two more surface parking lots south of Broadway will become housing developments.
The $13.2M One West Broadway project, at the southwest corner of Broadway and Stone Avenue, will have six stories of apartments, retail space, offices and parking.
The developers are Art Wadlund and Rob Caylor, who also developed the One East Broadway project across the street.
About three blocks south of there, the $4.2M Stone Avenue Homes project will turn a surface parking lot into three-story row houses.
The developers are Holualoa Cos., which owns the Pioneer Building and redeveloped the Herbert apartments downtown; and Scotia Group. The project aims to ease the transition from the high-density downtown buildings to the residential Armory Park area.
The mayor and City Council will consider the new project applications at a study session Tuesday.
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