Two major expansions in the works for UA Tech Parks

June 8, 2018

The next few years will be big for the UA’s Tech Park, and big for Tucson’s southern reaches in general. Over a billion-dollars-worth of construction is planned for the Tech Park in two new locations: The Bridges and The Village.

“These are both long-term projects,” said incoming UA Tech Parks Board Chair Tom Warne. “It’ll cover quite a few large-scale buildings.” 

The Bridges constitutes 65 acres of land, two miles south of the University campus, at the convergence of Kino Parkway and Interstate 10. The site is planned as a technology hub, modeled off of innovative districts from other universities in the nation. The Bridges will have over 2,000,000 square feet of lab and office space.  Continue reading “Two major expansions in the works for UA Tech Parks”

Both UA Tech Parks in Tucson move ahead with hotel, office and residential plans

David Wichner Arizona Daily Star May 25, 2018 

Office buildings will finally start going up at the UA Tech Park at the Bridges on Tucson’s south side, and planning is underway for a mixed-use “urban village” development for the Tech Park on Rita Road, according to plans unveiled by the University of Arizona Thursday.

Tech Parks Arizona announced Thursday that it has picked The Boyer Co., a Salt Lake City company, as a development partner to design and develop a new “Technology Precinct” at The Bridges, at South Kino Parkway and East 36th Street. The first development in the Technology Precinct is expected to be the Innovation and Technology Complex, initially anchored by a four-story office building that will house the UA’s technology-commercialization operation, Tech Launch Arizona, as soon as early next year. Continue reading “Both UA Tech Parks in Tucson move ahead with hotel, office and residential plans”

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More than 1200 jobs alone have been created at the Bridges due to the continued collaboration of Ward 5 council member Richard Fimbres, the surrounding four neighborhood associations and the developer. In a unique relationship, the neighborhood and Ward office communicate actively with the Retail West and Projects International in identifying the retail and job needs of the local neighbors. The adjacent low income neighborhood had no local grocery store, pharmacy or nearby job opportunities. Through the collaborative relationship, the group worked to bring in and support new retailers, restaurants and services including two big box stores historically protested within Tucson City limits. In an unusual situation, the four neighborhoods continue to engage with the developer, serve on the Design Review Committee and meet with City staff regarding ongoing development at the Bridges.