Sahuarita Town Center Wins for Common Ground


TUCSON, AZ (December 4, 2012) – The Sahuarita Town Center was honored on November 30, 2012, as the leading project for Community Building in the region by the Metropolitan Pima Alliance in 2012. The Common Ground Award aims to “recognize community leaders, projects and events that create a successful collaboration for the overall benefit of the community.”

Through a visionary master plan, the Rancho Sahuarita Company and thirteen different for-profit, non-profit and government partners were able to enhance the quality of life for residents in the Town of Sahuarita. These partnerships completed eight related projects in the Sahuarita Town Center during this past year. While each individual project could be considered its own collaborative success, together, they create a special place that establishes Sahuarita as a destination with a vibrant sense of community.

The projects include development of educational facilities, an aquatics center, a Rural/Metro fire station, a Church of Latter-day Saints’ Stake Center, the Town Center Freeway Monument, the expansion of three main roadways, the landscape beautification of a church and creating public art in the Sahuarita Road underpass.

Since the Town of Sahuarita’s inception in 1994, Bob Sharpe, the Founder of Rancho Sahuarita, has worked with many pioneering residents to transform this rural community into an established economic and lifestyle hub. This budding commercial destination, coupled with the 5,000 newly constructed homes in the Rancho Sahuarita community, positions the Town of Sahuarita to be the leading place for business and pleasure in Southern Arizona.

Bob Sharpe said, “For nearly two decades, our vision has been to add value to the lives of residents through lifestyle experiences and community connections. Through new partnerships, we will continue to promote Rancho Sahuarita’s vision of creating a place where residents can live, learn, work, play and shop.”

Sharpe continued, “In today’s economic climate, public/private partnerships are necessary tools to complete significant projects that benefit the community. We are fortunate to have many great partners, including the Town of Sahuarita and the Sahuarita Unified School District.”

The Sahuarita Town Center, located on 460 acres adjacent to the I-19 and Sahuarita Rd. Interchange, is designed as an integrated mixed-use urban center. It has been comprehensively planned to support retail, office, employment, medical, and hotel uses. This area also includes the Municipal Complex, schools, and churches, and represents a sense of value and opportunity for residents in the Town.