Major New Southeast Development Planned

This article authored by: Rob Hallberg

A new Master Planned Community has been approved for Southeast Tucson. The name will be “Escalera” and it is located on the Southwest corner of Valencia & Houghton Roads, just North of Rita Ranch.

Escalera will have single family residential homes as well as high density residential areas that will likely include Apartments and perhaps Condos or Townhomes.

The area is split by the Atterbury Wash. There are 126 acres for development on one side of the wash, 198 acres on the other side. The area is about the size of Rita Ranch from Houghton to Nexus. A large park is planned that will be close to the center of the development.

On the East side of Houghton Road will be the new Mica Mountain High School.  It will also be located on the South side of Valencia, directly to the East of the Desert Willow Estates community.

The school will be on an 80 acre site and is scheduled to open in just a year – Summer 2020. They already have school colors and a team name, the Thunderbolts who will be adorned in Carolina Blue, Silver and Black.

It’s unclear to me how much Mica Mountain and Escalera will affect Houghton Road construction. Widening of Houghton Road between Valencia and Mary Ann Cleveland is supposed to start in 2020.

Rob Hallberg

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