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Historic landmark becomes senior-living facility

Shots of new development in the City of Tucson 2018 / Marist College Complex/ Courtesy:

TUCSON – A multi-story adobe building is set to become a new senior living apartment complex in Tucson.

Community leaders will host the grand opening of the Marist on Cathedral Street on Thursday.

The building was first constructed in Italian Renaissance and Spanish Colonial Revival style in 1915, according to Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation.

Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) says the $25 million-project turned the “historic Marist College into the site of a new affordable senior living community.” It is said the building will feature 83 units on 111 S. and 235 S. Church Avenue.

This project was funded by Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), FHLB of San Francisco Affordable Housing Program (AHP), Rio Nuevo Tax Increment Finance and Pima County G.O. Bonds, according to a news release.

The property has one and two bedroom units between 630 and 875 square foot.  All utilities except cable and phone are included in rent.

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HISTORY (Information from Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation)

The foundation listed the “Marist College” as a landmark building in Tucson and American Southwest –it is one of three story adobe buildings in the state on the National Register of Historic Places.


In the early 1910s, the Marist College was first established as a Catholic school for boys – it continued to operate as an educational institution until the late 1960s, according to Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation.

1968: The Marist College became an office for the Diocese.

2002: The building was vacated.

2004: The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) determined the building was eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

“Emergency bracing was installed in 2004 with $10,000 provided by the Tucson Diocese. Additional temporary stabilization was carried out later that year with funding from a $59,000 Arizona Heritage Fund grant matched by a $40,000 grant from the Diocese.”

2006: City Tucson’s Ward I Council Office funded a $24,000 structural analysis to determine the scope and cost of long-term stabilization and rehabilitation.

2007: The building was listed on Arizona’s Most Endangered Places.

2010: Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation nominated the three Granjon/Flores buildings to the National Register of Historic Places at the State Level of Significance.

2011: Marist College Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

2011- 2016: Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation worked on preservation developments.

Courtesy: Rio Nuevo

2017: Restoration 

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