A major land deal could pave the way for the development of a town center in Sahuarita, a long-awaited project that would create a vibrant hub for the community.
The City of Sahuarita has agreed to purchase 50 acres of land from Rancho Sahuarita for $6.5 million, with the intention of leasing it to a master developer who would build a mixed-use project that would include retail, office, residential and civic spaces.
The land is located at the northwest corner of Sahuarita Road and Interstate 19, a prime location for visibility and access. The City hopes to attract a developer who shares its vision of creating a town center that would serve as a destination for residents and visitors alike.
The City of Sahuarita has been working on the town center concept for more than a decade, but has faced challenges in finding a suitable site and a willing partner. The deal with Rancho Sahuarita, which owns most of the land in the area, is seen as a breakthrough that could finally make the project a reality.
The City Council approved the purchase agreement on Monday, after months of negotiations with Rancho Sahuarita. The City will pay for the land with funds from its economic development reserve fund, which is generated from sales tax revenues.
City Officials expect to close on the property by the end of the year, and then issue a request for proposals from potential developers. The City hopes to select a developer by mid-2023 and start construction by late 2023 or early 2024.
The town center project is expected to have a significant economic impact on Sahuarita, creating jobs, generating tax revenues and enhancing the quality of life for residents. The City estimates that the project could generate more than $1 billion in economic activity over 20 years.
“We are very excited about this opportunity to create a town center that will reflect the identity and values of our community,” said Mayor Tom Murphy. “This is a historic moment for Sahuarita and we look forward to working with Rancho Sahuarita and the future developer to make this vision a reality.”
“This is a win-win situation for both Rancho Sahuarita and the City of Sahuarita,” said Jeremy Sharpe, vice president of community development for Rancho Sahuarita. “We are proud to be part of this collaborative effort that will benefit our residents and the entire region.”