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N4T Investigators: Midtown development

TUCSON – Zoning changes have led to a string of potential new developments near midtown.

The changes are taking place near the intersection of Speedway and Campbell, the Benedictine monastery and the former Volvo property on Broadway.

Developers have proposed bringing a mix of housing, retail shops, restaurants and even a hotel to those areas. Ideas some have supported and others have spoken out against.

“I’m personally okay with it,” said Drew Knight. “We like to facilitate to as many customers as we can.”

“This is a terrible plan. This is a disaster,” said one Tucson resident during a recent city council meeting.

City council officials approved a zoning change near Speedway and Campbell this summer. It clears the way for a 20-story, mixed-use building.

A second zoning change was approved by the Tucson city council in December. The change will allow the developer of the area around the Benedictine monastery to build around the monastery while leaving the monastery itself intact.

“We are preserving the monastery. It will not be student housing,” said council member Steve Kozachik.

Officials say the monastery plan still has one more public hearing to go through before it’s finalized and construction can begin.

Rio Nuevo District officials recently got behind a plan to redevelop the area around the former Volvo property near Broadway and Euclid.

Investing $2.1 million in a developers effort to bring a new restaurant and retail space to the area.

Kyle Kiel

Kyle Kiel

Storm Track 7 Morning Meteorologist
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