Fifty Years of Commercial Real Estate Development in Tucson

When the Arizona Daily Star sought to put together a “visual trip down memory lane” of Tucson’s commercial real estate development over the last five decades, it turned to students in the Master of Real Estate Development program to lead the research.

50 Years of Commercial Real Estate Development in Tucson

The Sheraton El Conquistador Hotel and Resort in Oro Valley under construction in 1982. Photo courtesy Tucson Citizen.


  • UArizona Master of Real Estate Development students, Classes of 2021 and 2022
  • James Marian, Lecturer in Real Estate Development

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Project Details and Article

Budget: $5,000; funded by CCIM

Where: Metropolitan Tucson, Arizona

When: January 2022 - June 2022

50 Years of Commercial Real Estate Development in Tucson, Arizona Daily Star

Project Overview

As local broker George Larsen celebrated fifty years on the Tucson commercial real estate scene, Arizona Daily Star asked: What are some of the biggest developments of the past five decades? From new shopping malls to resorts, manufacturing plants and midtown high-rises, the landscape of Tucson has changed dramatically since 1970. This visual trip down memory lane published in the Tucson newspaper was made possible with research done by the graduating classes of 2021 and 2022 from the University of Arizona Master of Real Estate Development Program and College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, along with appraisers Baker & Associates, Inc.

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