Downtown Update

19 Jul

IMG_2755Work at Saint House continues to be feverish as they plan for their August 15 opening. Across the street, in One North Fifth, I discovered workers in the last remaining retail vacancy. No sign up yet. Could Ari be up to something? At Cadence, windows and doors are going in for World of Beer and Gio’s Tacos (the same folks who bring us Jax & The Abbey). I love Jax, and I’ve longed for Metzger to join our other restauranteurs downtown. Many workers are found creating walkways & streetscape around the property.  Cadence opens for students next month.  Meanwhile, the facade at The Herbert is taking shape & is looking beautiful.  Hooray for more downtown housing!

Finishing touches are taking place in the new transit building (certified LEED silver), lovingly landscaped with native plants. The County Courts Complex shell is nearing completion, creating a striking new image to our skyline.  Sixth Avenue has been two-way since the construction began late last spring. The good news is that two-way will become permanent, from Drachman through downtown. Work at El Rio, w. of I-10, has begun, bringing much needed quality health care facilities to our community. Two new homes are being built in the Mercado district, one by a builder new to the development. Fashionista, a new local fashion shop, has opened on Sixth Avenue, n. of Broadway. Curbs continue to go in. Cushing Street is not quite complete, but work was being had there today. Ninth Street @ Fourth Ave paving is complete. The streetcar is giving us more pedestrian space along the route. Here’s hoping that some trees and native vegetation will be added as well. I’ve eyed transit rail trucks from Texas and New Jersey checking things out along the streetcar route in recent days.

As Tucson’s summer continues, you might want to check to see if things are open first. For example, one of my new faves, Penca, is on their monsoon break through August 7. Other restaurants regularly take a break in the summer. Playground has added more food to their menu and downtown kitchen and cocktails continue their summer world cuisine journey.

In my travels today, I discovered Etherton closed for the week and TMA closed today, to re-open for tonight’s special event featuring the Biennial AZ Works.

The Herbert's striking modern facade takes shape.

The Herbert’s striking modern facade takes shape.

The new County Courts Complex north view.

The new County Courts Complex north view.

Looking at the south portion of Cadence, with street level retail.

Looking at the south portion of Cadence, with street level retail.

Level nears completion.

Level nears completion.

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