First tower west of UA set to get a 13-story neighbor

2013-04-25T00:00:00Z 2013-09-11T15:32:56Z First tower west of UA set to get a 13-story neighborGabriela Rico Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

A second crane has moved in on North Park Avenue near the University of Arizona as construction begins on a new high-rise complex for students.

Called Park Avenue, the project is the second for Chicago-based Campus Acquisitions, which is also developing the neighboring tower known as Level - set to open this fall.

The two towers will provide nearly 1,000 bedrooms for student housing. Both complexes will feature rooftop swimming pools.

Mike Derkenne, one of the owners of Beal Derkenne Construction, said crews working on Park Avenue are currently excavating to build a two-story underground parking garage. The complex is expected to open for the fall 2014 semester.

The 13-story tower at 1031 N. Park Ave. will have 165 units with 393 beds, retail shops, exercise and study rooms.

Level, at 1020 N. Tyndall Ave., will be 14 stories with 176 units and 586 beds and related amenities.

A third high-rise, The Hub, is set to break ground on the corner of First Street and Tyndall Avenue and be open in 2014.

The high-rise construction was made possible by the city of Tucson's creation of a zoning overlay district west of the University of Arizona to create density along the streetcar line.

Neighbors lost a court battle opposing the height of the developments last year.

In February 2012, the City Council approved The Main Gate Urban Overlay District, which allows for developments of up to 14 stories. Previously, the limit was four stories; some neighbors wanted to keep it to 10 stories.

Park Avenue is one of several student-housing projects in various stages of development.

A massive complex on 22nd Street between Park Avenue and Kino Parkway is fully leased for its fall opening. The Retreat has 774 bedrooms.

The Cadence on Congress Street, also scheduled to open this fall, has 465 bedrooms.

Last year's opening of The District on 5th was the city's first private-sector student housing project in more than seven years.

At least four more student-housing projects are scheduled to open next year.

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Contact reporter Gabriela Rico at or 573-4232.

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