A project to more than double the size of a north-side library and add activity rooms is underway.

A $1.1 million building permit has been issued to Pima County for work on the Flowing Wells Public Library, 1730 W. Wetmore Road.

The library, which opened in 2008, will be expanded from its current 5,000 square feet to 13,000 square feet and will include additions such as a large multipurpose room, a children’s programming room and study rooms.

The library will also feature more public computers, an outdoor patio with Wi-Fi and an updated collection.

While the library is closed, the Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road, will offer extended hours for its computer lab — Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The library is expected to reopen by the end of 2018.

Other construction projects around town include:

• A $38 million permit was issued for the new student housing tower, Aspire, at 950 N. Tyndall Ave., which will have 505 beds.

• Rio Viejo Apartments received an $11 million permit for 80 casita-style units at 5418 S. Park Ave.

• A $2.5 million building permit was issued for a TJ Maxx in the new Sahuarita shopping center at 18749 S. Nogales Highway.

• The newest Discount Tire at 3025 S. Kino Parkway got a $1.1 million permit for its 10,000-square-foot shop.

• A $1 million permit was issued for a 20,000-square-foot Planet Fitness at 4722 E. Broadway.

• The Suffolk Center got a $950,000 permit for a McDonald’s at 292 W. Magee Road.

• 1SC Partners LLC got a $731,000 permit to make upgrades at 1 S. Church Ave., for the pending arrival of overflow employees from Caterpillar’s Surface Mining & Technology Division while its new headquarters is built just west of Interstate 10, off Cushing Street.

Information on building permits courtesy of Ginger Kneup, ginger@orangereports.com, owner of Bright Future Real Estate Research. Contact reporter Gabriela Rico at grico@tucson.com. On Facebook: Facebook.com/DailyStarBiz


Gabriela's newspaper career began at the Tucson Citizen in '86 as the "movie-times girl" where she'd call local theaters for showtimes. Since then, she's written about crime, education, immigration, trade and business. She's been with the Star since 2007.