A number of new projects are underway in the northwest in the coming year.

Firehouse Subs

The well-known Firehouse Subs, which was first opened near the intersection of Orange Grove and River roads, will be adding a second location near the Tucson Mall. Owner Bob Westerman said recently that he is also considering opening a third location in Oro Valley. The Oro Valley Marketplace is one of the locations being considered for construction with the hopes of completion in the second half of 2014. 

The Tucson Mall location, to be completed in May, will be located at the intersection of Wetmore and Oracle roads.  

The expansion comes after an overwhelming response at Westerman’s first location, where dozens of police and firemen make visits daily along with other patrons. Known for rescue-worker-themed décor, and lunch and dinner subs using the finest meats, cheeses, and toppings, Westerman is partnering with Tucson Fire Department engineer Lee Transue to open the second location. About 24 employees are to be hired at each of the coming locations. Firehouse Subs was started in Jacksonville, Fla. by firefighter brothers Chris and Robin Sorensen. About 700 Firehouse Subs locations make up the company. 


Magee Road improvements 

The section of roadway between North Oracle Road and North La Cañada Drive will soon evolve into a four-lane divide parkway from its current two-lane road. Incorporated in the improvements will be sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and enhanced landscaping. The Pima County Department of Transportation expects the project, which will also feature utility upgrades, to take 18 months to complete.


Apache Sky Casino

A 230-acre casino site will soon go into development in southeastern Pinal County, approximately 50 miles north of Oro Valley. Along with the casino itself, Apache Sky will likely feature a 146-room hotel, convention center, three restaurants, a lounge, 18-hole golf course, 6,000-seat concert and rodeo pavilion, convenience mart and gas station, and a 60-space RV park. The casino will serve as an alternative to those located in South Tucson, such as Desert Diamond Casino and Casino Del Sol. 

The first phase of the project, the construction of the gaming facility, is scheduled for completion by April 2015. Between 400 and 500 slot machines, 10 to 12 gaming tables, and six poker tables will be installed. Expected to create close to 400 permanent jobs, the completed casino and accompanying facilities will cost about $30 million. 



Planned for completion by May, a new QuikTrip will be opening at the intersection of Camino de la Tierra and Ina roads. The 5,858-square-foot store will sit on an 83,339-square-foot lot, and will feature eight gas pumps that can service 16 vehicles at once. According to Mike Thornbrugh, manager of public and government affairs, the store, which features the company’s latest architectural model, will also feature a full service kitchen with fresh food and beverages. To accommodate what is expected to be a high-traffic store, the lot will have multiple points of entry to the front, rear, and sides of the building. 


Basis Oro Valley K-5

Basis Oro Valley will be supplementing its primary education institute, grades 5-12, with a K-5 school. No further information was available.

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