Tucson’s largest building gets hotel in redevelopment

Sunset over Tucson, with the Santa Catalina Mountains in the background, Tucson, Arizona (Photo by Wild Horizons/World Image Collection via Getty Images)

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Tucson, Arizona (AP) – The tallest building in Tucson has been awarded a boutique hotel.

One developer says Marriott has signed on to make the first nine floors of the One South Church building part of its Tribute brand, a collection of unique hotels that don’t match the cookie chain look.

Scottsdale-based Opwest Partners is redeveloping the 35-year-old property. Managing Director Tyler Kent says the company is still negotiating with several potential restaurateurs for a ground-floor restaurant with patio seating. The floors above the hotel will remain offices.

The Arizona Daily Star reported that in 2019 the downtown Rio Nuevo redevelopment agency in Tucson agreed to insulate the site from property taxes for eight years and share up to $1 million in sales tax revenue with developers.

Downtown Tucson has seen a flurry of lodging activity in recent years, with several new hotels opening. The iconic Congress Hotel has been closed for part of the summer while undergoing a $750,000 renovation.

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