After years of planning, a major mixed-use development is going up at North Oracle Road at First Avenue in Oro Valley.
San Dorado at Oro Valley Towne Centre will include a retail shopping center and a gated, luxury-apartment complex with 274 units.
Scottsdale-based Mark-Taylor Capital and Kitchell Development are co-developers of the Villas at San Dorado, while Kitchell is developing the retail center.
The retail center, which so far has signed on a CVS drugstore, Panera Bread, Mattress Firm and Universal Nails & Spa, is expected to fully open in the third quarter of 2014, while the CVS could open as soon as June, said Ryan Cochran, director of development for Phoenix-based Kitchell.
The initial phase of the Villas at San Dorado is expected to open by the second quarter of 2014. The apartments will range in size from 779 to 1,381 square feet, according to Mark-Taylor’s website.
“It will be, I’d say, the highest-end apartment project in metro Tucson,” said Cochran, citing features including stunning mountain views, a resort-style pool area and clubhouse, a large fitness center and premium interior finishes including granite countertops and plank flooring.
A central “civic area” will include a grassy, parklike space and an area for farmers’ markets and other outdoor activities, Cochran said.
Oro Valley first approved the planned area development for the site in 2002.