The Old Pueblo is losing one of its most colorful landmarks. Demolition of La Placita Village in downtown Tucson began Monday.
The village first opened in 1973, and the 200,000 square foot complex has been home to multiple retail spaces, residents and restaurants.
HSL Properties now owns the complex, and is planning to turn it into a multi-use apartment building with retail space.
Officials said they will keep three of the complex’s buildings, which qualify for the National Register of Historic Places.
Demolition of the complex has drawn mixed reaction. Some believe it will lead to an economic boom in the area.
“It's good because it gives us a lot more work,” said Ronald Hyvonen, a Tucsonan who works in construction on downtown buildings. “And [the building] is not doing anything. It's been there so long, it's kind of an eyesore.”
But others said the destruction of the building takes away from Tucson’s individuality.
“It's kind of sad,” said Carter Kyle. “They're going to put up apartment buildings and it's going to look like everything else they're putting up over here, and take away some of the originality with it.”
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