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Built in 1971, the Tucson Convention Center will see $65 million in renovation. Rio Nuevo is soliciting bids for the work.

The Tucson Convention Center and surrounding campus, including the Tucson Music Hall, Leo Rich Theater and the Eckbo Plaza and Fountain, will benefit from a $65 million improvement plan after unanimous approval of the project by the Rio Nuevo Board of Directors Aug. 13. Rio Nuevo will now solicit bids for a contractor.   

The board also voted to proceed with a $126 million financing plan that includes roughly $70 million for the renovation and any other contingency costs.

“This is a great day,” said board chair Fletcher McCusker, in a release. “It’s been a long time coming.”

The TCC was built in 1971, and includes 205,000 square feet of meeting space and three performance venues: the Tucson Arena, Tucson Music Hall and the Leo Rich Theater. The facility also houses a pair of exhibit halls, 20,000 square feet of ballroom space and 10,000 square feet of meeting rooms, all located at 260 S. Church Ave.

Tucson Arena also hosts the Tucson Roadrunners AHL hockey team, the Tucson Sugar Skulls professional indoor football team and the University of Arizona club hockey team.

Current improvement commitments include full replacement of the arena ice floor and ice plant ($3.2 million), a 300-space parking garage in parking lot A ($5.2 million) and an expansion for 45 additional parking spaces ($45,000).

Convention center priorities include renovation of convention space and existing meeting rooms ($7.6 million); arena lighting upgrades ($220,000); streetscaping and connections for accessibility ($2.5 million); landscape restoration in Eckbo Plaza upper area ($1.9 million); and high-speed data infrastructure ($2.5 million).

A meeting room addition will also add 18,000 square feet adjacent to the ball room, costing $9.2 million.

Other priorities include a 500-spot garage in Lot C ($11.4 million); renovations to the music hall to include the restrooms and lobby, production lighting and sound equipment and new seating ($6.6 million); an outdoor event patio and interior VIP area at the music hall ($780,000); renovations to the Leo Rich Theater to include the restrooms and lobby, production lighting and sound equipment and new seating ($2 milion) and improvements to the Eckbo Plaza central plaza and north walkway ($6.1 million).

 

Sales and Leases

 

5370 West Ina Road, LLC purchased 12.97 acres of vacant land located at 5370 W. Ina Road from Harlan Operations Co., LLC.  Hank Amos of Tucson Realty & Trust Co. represented the seller. Rob Lamb of Long Realty Company represented the buyer.

Surf Thru, Inc. purchased a 54,654-square-foot PAD site located at the southwest corner of South Houghton and East Old Vail roads for $925,000 from Houghton Developers, LLC. Craig Finfrock of Commercial Retail Advisors, LLC represented the buyer. Brenna Lacey of Volk Company represented the seller.

La Hacienda Family Mexican Restaurant signed a lease to expand 1,300 square feet to its existing restaurant located at 11931 N. First Ave., Ste. 103, in the Placita de Oro Shopping Center. Craig Finfrock of Commercial Retail Advisors, LLC represented the landlord, CTW-FVP, LLC.

Crystal Tree Traders, LLC dba: The Girls Estate Sales purchased 9,625 square feet of restaurant space located at 330 S. Wilmot Road for $1.1 million from AEI Investment Fund.  Greg Furrier and Rob Tomlinson represented the seller. Brandon Rodgers, SIOR, CCIM, represented the buyer in this transaction. All work for with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR.

MRR Holdings, LLC purchased 7.37 acres of vacant land located on the southeast corner of West Ina Road and North First Avenue for $930,000 from Eve Schocket, as Trustee under the Eve Schocket Trust.  Thomas J. Nieman with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR represented the seller.

243 Bordon’s Court, LLC purchased Bordon’s Court, a 46-unit, apartment complex located at 243 E. 33rd St., for $883,000 from K3 Associates, LLC. Allan Mendelsberg with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR represented the seller.                                  

Tucson Community Meditation Center, Inc. purchased a 1,650-square-foot retail building located at 1147 N. Howard Blvd. for $205,000 from 1147 N. Howard Blvd., LLC.  Rob Tomlinson with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR handled the transaction.

Pepperidge Farm, Inc. leased 15,000 square feet in the Park/Ajo Commerce Center, 3770 S. Park Ave., from Park Ajo Associates. Ron Zimmerman, Russell W. Hall and Stephen D. Cohen, from Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, were involved in the transaction. Zimmerman represented the landlord while Hall and Cohen represented the tenant. Brian Borget with Cushman & Wakefield, Stamford, Connecticut also represented the tenant.

Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Inc. leased 12,000 square feet located at 120 to 140 N. Tucson Blvd. from Eria, LLC. Richard M. Kleiner, MBA, Stephen D. Cohen and Russell W. Hall, SIOR, GSCS, with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, represented the landlord. Brenna Lacey and Leah Bogen with Volk Company represented the tenant.

Best in the West Golf Cars, LLC renewed its lease for 5,760 square feet located at 5150 N. Casa Grande Highway from Tin Cup Properties, LLC. Ron Zimmerman with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR represented the landlord.

Beacon Sales Acquisitions, Inc. leased an additional 3,047-square-foot office and 60,580-square-foot yard expansion located at 3525 E. 34th St. from BD 34th Properties, Inc. Robert C. Glaser, SIOR, CCIM with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR represented the landlord. Steve Perkins with Mohr Partners, Dallas, Texas, represented the tenant.

Truth Bible Church leased 2,396 square feet in 29th Street Business Park, 4941 and 4943 E. 29th St. from Presson Corporation. Robert C. Glaser, SIOR, CCIM, and Paul Hooker, with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, represented the landlord.  Paul Njuguna with Long Realty represented the tenant.

Tangerine Pet Clinic, PLLC leased 2,338 square feet in The Shoppes at Tangerine Crossing Shopping Center, 12090 N. Thornydale Road, from Old Lobo Tang X, LLC. Aaron LaPrise with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR represented the landlord. John G. Yarborough with Romano Real Estate Corporation represented the tenant.

ATI Physical Therapy leased 1,968 square feet located in Ventana Village, 6872 E. Sunrise Drive, Ste. 100, from EREP Ventana II, LLC. Dave Hammack with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR represented the landlord. Jesse Rozio with GPS Retail, LLC, Scottsdale, represented the tenant.

Arizona Coalition for Change leased 1,600 square feet in Midway Business Center, 4500 E. Speedway Blvd., Ste. 18, from Presson Midway, LLC. Robert C. Glaser, SIOR, CCIM and Paul Hooker, with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, represented the landlord.

JSAS Services, Inc. renewed its lease for 1,440 square feet in the Alvernon Business Center, 3865 E. 34th St., Ste. 104, from AP & D Investments. Robert C. Glaser, SIOR, CCIM, with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, represented the landlord.

Selena’s Salvadorian Food leased 1,106 square feet in Kwan Center, 2513 N. Campbell Ave., from Kevin Kwan. Dave Hammack and Ramiro Scavo, with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, represented the landlord.

RJF Development, LLC leased 683 square feet located at 3131 N. Country Club Road, Ste. 205, from Spirits, LP. Ryan McGregor and Molly Gilbert with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR represented the landlord.

Key’s “N” Tune leased 599 square feet in the South Dodge Business Center, 3300 S. Dodge Blvd., from Presson Corporation. Robert C. Glaser, SIOR, CCIM, and Max Fisherm with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, represented the landlord.

Sonoran Process Equipment Company leased 164 square feet in West Grant Centre, 1955 W. Grant Road, Ste. S, from WestGrant Investors, LLC. Molly Gilbert with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR represented the landlord.

Tajouri Automotive leased 337 square feet in West Grant Centre, 1955 W. Grant Road, Ste. 148A, from WestGrant Investors, LLC. Ryan McGregor and Molly Gilbert, with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, represented the landlord.

R&R Restoration, LLC leased 4,000 square feet located at 5450 S. Arcadia Ave. David Blanchette with NAI Horizon represented the landlord.

Gloria’s Boutique, LLC leased 750 square feet at 2618 N. First Ave. Gordon Wagner and Dave Dutson with NAI Horizon handled the transaction.

Alzheimer’s Association & Alzheimer’s Association – Desert Southwest Chapter leased 2,611 square feet at Plaza Palomino, 2990 N. Swan Road.  Andrew Sternberg, Phil Skillings and Ben Craney with NAI Horizon represented the landlord. Gordon Wagner with NAI Horizon and Jeffrey Heymann with Colliers International represented the tenant.

Arizona Center for Advanced Lipidology leased 956 square feet of office space in Los Altos Office Plaza, 6595 N. Oracle Road, from JSN, LLC. Ian Stuart and Bruce Suppes of CBRE’s Tucson office represented the landlord. Molly Gilbert of Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR represented the tenant.

Mettler-Toledo leased 8,050 square feet located at 2102 N. Forbes Road, #103 through #107 from East Park Holding Co. Jesse Blum of CBRE’s Tucson office represented the tenant.

Dish Network Services, LLC leased 6,400 square feet located at 4261 S. Station Master Drive from Broadmont Investments. Tim Healy and Jesse Blum with CBRE’s Tucson office handled the transaction.