New apartments add to downtown Tucson's "urban village"

2013-10-11T00:00:00Z New apartments add to downtown Tucson's "urban village"By Darren DaRonco Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Tucsonans seeking urban living now have more options.

Herbert Residential will open its doors this weekend for new and prospective tenants.

The eight-story 144-unit building will host a grand-opening ribbon-cutting event from 4 to 7 tonight at 202 E. 12th St. Activities include tastings of beer from Barrio Brewing and Thunder Canyon Brewery, food and music.

The all-concrete property was formerly an apartment complex for low-income seniors. Seniors who lived at the old Armory Park Apartments were relocated in July 2012 after investors built a new complex west of Interstate 10 along Congress Street.

Peach Properties Inc. and Holualoa Cos. purchased the older property and renovated it in a $9 million project.

Ron Schwabe, owner of Peach Properties, said demand for downtown housing has grown as more people are looking to live near the city’s rejuvenated core.

“The butcher, the baker and everyone else wants to move downtown right now,” Schwabe said. “And it’s been that way for a while.”

With an influx of new housing, some believe downtown is ready to take another step forward in its renaissance.

“Housing is just critical and this is what’s going to make downtown the urban village we’ve been talking about for a long time,” said Michael Keith, CEO of the Downtown Tucson Partnership. “This is when it gets fun.”

As for the Herbert’s amenities, Anne Lawrence, Holualoa’s asset manager, said the most intriguing ones exist outside the complex’s doors.

“My amenities package is all around downtown with the bars and restaurants, the bike loop and streetcar,” Lawrence said. “We’re a community amenity package.”

Other amenities include an exercise room at Herbert.

The building features 450-square-foot studios and 600-square-foot one-bedroom apartments.

Rents range from $600 to about $1,000 a month. Leasing agents are on-site daily to accept applications and answer questions.

Contact reporter Darren DaRonco at

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