50 Years of Commercial Real Estate Development in Tucson

April 10, 2022


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

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Project Overview

As local broker George Larsen celebrated 50 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.

Community Partners and Consultants

  • CCIM, Southern Arizona Chapter
  • Arizona Daily Star
  • Baker & Associates, Inc.


Images courtesy Arizona Daily Star.


MRED students provided research for the Arizona Daily Star special on 50 years of commercial development in Tucson. $5,000 Funded by CCIM.


James Marian, Lecturer in Real Estate Development, and Class of 2021 and 2022 Master of Real Estate Development Students


Metropolitan Tucson, Arizona


January - June 2022