Vision for the Sunshine Mile

Rio Nuevo is working with stakeholders, including Project for Public Spaces, on shaping the vision for the future of the Sunshine Mile located on Broadway Blvd between Euclid and Country Club. Improvements will strengthen the area, bring the community together and bring new life to the gateway into downtown Tucson. Public forums and focus groups have been held to ensure that the community is involved in the process and can help shape that vision.

Rio Nuevo acquired 39 unique properties that include Solot Plaza, Friedman Block, and the Bungalow Block. Rio Nuevo refreshed and updated the Friedman and Solot blocks by repainting, landscaping, removing old awnings and window decals in an effort to enhance the area. In addition, Rio Nuevo preserved and moved seven historic bungalow properties from demolition. More on that below under ‘Historic Preservation’.

Overlay Zone

An overlay zone will provide more opportunities for future development, historic preservation, and overall increase the possibilities to create unique, inviting and activated space for the community. Rio Nuevo has successfully drafted the Sunshine Mile Overlay District document that will lead the efforts toward building new and exciting spaces for the community to enjoy. The overlay zone document was created after many public workshops, communication with neighborhoods, the general public, the City of Tucson, Pima County, and many other constituents.

View the overlay zone boundaries by visiting City of Tucson GIS. Instructions on how to use the City of Tucson GIS is available by following this link: City of Tucson GIS Instructions.

We’re building Sunshine Mile for the community through strategic investment and planning – creating space, shops, restaurants, and more for you. 

Reports, Workshop Summaries and More


What is placemaking and how is Rio Nuevo creating Sunshine Mile as a destination? Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reshape the public spaces at the heart of their community. It strengthens the attachment between people and the place they share and helps build stronger communities. Learn more about our efforts and the timeline – Placemaking and Overlay Zone in the Sunshine Mile.

Sunshine Mile Public Workshop

Historic Preservation

The Sunshine Mile is a treasure trove of mid-century modern architecture and is a treasured regional asset that is celebrated and preserved. Tucson Modernism Week celebrates Tucson’s mid-century architecture and design and regularly showcases the Sunshine Mile during the event. Learn about preserving historic places along the Sunshine Mile by visiting Preserve Tucson.

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7 Historic Bungalows, Saved from Demolition by Rio Nuevo

As part of historic preservation, Rio Nuevo will spend up to $2,000,000 on moving seven historic bungalow buildings on Broadway between Cherry and Warren avenues. These bungalows will eventually be home to restaurants, retail, and other businesses to create a destination for the community. Density and walkability are key to creating a positive, thriving, community space for everyone to share.

For more information on the importance of walkability visit Living Streets Alliance.

Sunshine Mile Merchants Association

Visit the Sunshine Mile Merchants Association for information on retail, restaurants, events, and more!

Broadway Blvd Widening

The City of Tucson began construction on the Broadway widening in late 2019 and will include bike lanes, sidewalk improvements, landscaping, and more.

Related News

September 20, 2021
City adopts building rules in new sections of Sunshine Mile revitalization area
May 20, 2021
New development to shine spotlight on Tucson’s City of Gastronomy designation
May 20, 2021
Historic bungalows to serve unique Tucson cuisine
February 21, 2021
High-rises and affordable housing proposed for Tucson’s Sunshine Mile
January 28, 2021
Rio Nuevo Approves Incentive Package to Bring New Restaurant to former Janos Wilder Space
August 26, 2020
Rio Nuevo Moves Forward with Development at Downtown Gateway Intersection
July 30, 2020
Rio Nuevo Moves Forward with Sunshine Mile Projects and TCC Music Hall Lot
November 22, 2019
Broadway Widening and the Sunshine Mile
November 14, 2019
Demion Clinco: Rio Nuevo’s Vision for Broadway Boulevard and Beyond
November 8, 2019
Tucson City Council Approves Rezoning Effort on Broadway Boulevard
October 22, 2019
Historic Broadway bungalows to be moved back before road widening begins
October 22, 2019
7 Bungalows on Broadway to be Moved Back as Widening Work Inches Along
October 3, 2019
Exploring the future through the past: Tucson’s Sunshine Mile.
September 18, 2019
Rio Nuevo Plans to Clean Up Broadway Properties for Redevelopment
July 30, 2019
What’s the Future for the Sunshine Mile?
May 11, 2019
Ideas sought to make Broadway walkable near downtown Tucson
March 28, 2019
Mystery Employer to Bring 350 Jobs
January 29, 2019
Broadway Widening: When Will Work Begin?
December 12, 2018
Rio Nuevo Board Decided to Move Forward with Sunshine Mile Project
November 14, 2018
Change on the Way for Tucson’s Sunshine Mile
September 25, 2018
September Rio Nuevo Update
March 26, 2018
Rio Nuevo Board Tallies Economic Impact, Advances Three Projects
March 8, 2018
Rio Nuevo and the Sunshine Mile- Trend Report
March 5, 2018
Rio Nuevo May Save Buildings from Broadway Widening
March 4, 2018
Plan Could Save Many Structures Up for Demolition along Tucson’s Sunshine Mile
February 28, 2018
Rio Nuevo Board Advances Plan to Assist Businesses Affected by Broadway Widening
November 6, 2017
Rio Nuevo Board Advances Caterpillar’s Tucson Mining Center, Supports New Restaurant on Toole Avenue
April 3, 2017
Rio Nuevo Program Would Revitalize Tucson’s “Sunshine Mile”

Related Documents


March 16, 2021
Sunshine Mile RFQ for Bungalow Development
April 15, 2019
Request for Statements of Qualifications for Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR)
September 17, 2018
Addendum #2- Bungalow Block
September 17, 2018
Addendum #2- Donut Hole Block
September 17, 2018
Addendum #2- Solot Block
September 11, 2018
Rio Nuevo Sunshine Mile RFQ Recording of Submittals
August 9, 2018
Addendum- Bungalo Block
August 9, 2018
Addendum- Solot Block
August 9, 2018
Addendum- Donut Hole Block
July 10, 2018
Sunshine Mile Solot Block RFQ for Design
July 10, 2018
Sunshine Mile Donut Hole Block RFQ for Design
July 10, 2018
Sunshine Mile Bungalow Block RFQ for Design

Rio Nuevo Documents

February 22, 2021
Sunshine Mile Overlay Zone Document
October 13, 2020
Supplemental Neighborhood Presentation – October 2020
August 5, 2020
Sunshine Mile Overlay Zone Update
July 27, 2020
Sunshine Mile District Vision Document
July 17, 2020
Sunshine Mile District Map
July 17, 2020
Sunshine Mile Overlay District Draft 2020
July 17, 2020
Sunshine Mile Neighborhood Meeting Notice, July 2020
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