Plans revised for apartment project next to iconic Tucson monastery

Councilman Steve Kozachik says apartments shouldn’t be higher than the main part of the monastery, not the cupola./ Mike Christy/Arizona Daily Star

The developer of the Benedictine Monastery site has agreed to lower the height of the tallest proposed apartment buildings by 19 feet, protect the structure as a historic landmark and preserve a beloved avocado tree on the grounds.

But the gesture may not be enough for some who want the entire site — orchards, walking paths and quiet spaces — spared from development after the Tucson City Council’s intervention last month to begin the process of historic designation for the monastery.


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