TUCSON - Fourth Avenue’s southern end could end up with a big makeover within the next few years, in favor of market-rate housing, commercial and retail space.
Part of the plan includes demolishing the building that houses Maloney’s Tavern and utilizing much of the existing parking lot for mixed-use.
Partners on Fourth LLC., which owns the property, is working with CDG Architects in assembling a formal proposal.
City of Tucson officials have received a proposal for pre-submittal review to receive feedback on the project.
The proposal calls for a 14-story max housing development, and a host of mid-rise structures to accommodate potential residential, commercial and retail needs.
The development site falls within the jurisdiction of Ward 6.
"We've got all the student housing towers going in. They're generating a lot of push back. This is different. This is market-rate housing with a commercial frontage that's going to respect the historic frontage on 4th Avenue,” said Steve Kozachik, Tucson City Council member.
The target demographic is millennials and older adults, according to Kozachik and project consultant Tom Warne.
Another goal is to expand retail opportunities along 4th, as a result enhancing the street-level scene.
"If they could develop it in an appealing way and a nice way, it might be fine,” said Tucsonan Clifton Mayfield.
Others are concerned about the removal of parking outside Maloney’s Tavern.
"It exhibits a problem for a lot of daytime employees, which is pretty strong for downtown getting ready for the evening. A lot of people utilize this parking lot to have a space haven so they can go to work during the day,” said Tucsonan Chris Carroll.
Project officials are still exploring parking options for residents and the public.
If ultimately approved by the city, 4th Avenue’s makeover could be finished by 2020.
For more information on the project, click here: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/sirepub/cache/2/be0tkvijn2awszyt5p3ngqpe/420316712042017055610482.PDF