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Miracle Mile joins National Register of Historic Places

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The Miracle Mile corridor in midtown Tucson is now officially on the National Register of Historic Places.

The decision was made this week, and it means the historic buildings along the street cannot be torn down.

“It also provides incentives for commercial properties to rehabilitate their buildings, find new uses or bring back old historic uses,” explained Demion Clinco of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation. “And it comes with an up to 20 percent federal tax credit on the total cost of those rehabilitations.”

Clinco said Miracle Mile was once the “northern automotive gateway” into Tucson, with bustling restaurants and motels.

“After the freeway was built, it saw tremendous disinvestment and it got a terrible reputation,” he said.

Over the past decade, the city has been working to change that reputation. Increased law enforcement presence has led to a decrease in crime, and business owners like Greg Haver have worked to re-invent the area.

Haver purchased the vacant Monterey Motel on Miracle Mile, and transformed it into the Monterey Court. It serves as a music venue, an art and retail space, and a restaurant.

“We expect now that developers will be much more interested in trying to think outside the box and do something different just like we have with this motel,” said Haver. 

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