The re-adaptation and repositioning of the 1969 Martin Luther King Jr. building represents a major step forward to breathing new life into the East end of Downtown Tucson. Situated adjacent to the thriving Hotel Congress and the newly renovated Rialto Theater, the One North Fifth project fills in the corner of Congress and Fifth Avenue and reconnects the urban fabric of downtown with 9,000 square feet of new retail/commercial space at street level.

Long thought of as a brutish block of a building with a bad rap, the apartments have been completely re-worked to look better, function more efficiently and embrace a “smart growth” approach while saving a 38 year old building that was otherwise destined for the landfill. The transformation of this site is pivotal in garnering momentum for the re-building of downtown Tucson into the thriving, bustling center it used to be.

The introduction of a mixed use component assists in salvaging the existing use and upgrades the building’s presence and functionality. The incorporation of sustainable amenities and a modern aesthetic provides the potential to broaden cliental and merchants, as well as create a more interactive dialogue with the street.

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