Tucson City Council Approves Rezoning Ordinance

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A much-debated rezoning ordinance will move forward after the Tucson City Council passed the measure in an unanimous this past week.

The skyline and landscape of Fourth Avenue will be altered after the 5-0 vote on Tuesday night, April 17, which approved the ordinance to re-zone and construct a 160-foot apartment building.

Once completed, the project will change the skyline of the famous historic avenue, where the tallest buildings barely top 20 feet. During the public hearing, the majority of attendees spoke up about their concerns, citing their worries that high-rises in the area could cause a domino effect of development.

Despite their objections, plans for the project will now move forward, with the new complex set to go up in the space once occupied by Maloney’s Tavern.


According to city officials, the new development will meet 4th Avenue height requirements, with the high-rise building backing up against the railroad tracks. The storefronts near the parking lot will only measure 30 feet, or about three stories.

There will be a 30-day waiting period during which appeals can be filed with the Pima County Superior Court. After that time, permits can be filed for the project.

For more information, please visit the official website of the city of Tucson.


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