Tucson sells historic downtown MacArthur building

Madden Media will now occupy the building, which was built in 1907.
Madden Media will now occupy the building, which was built in 1907.

By Brian White - email

The City of Tucson has sold one of downtown's more distinctive structures.

Madden Media is buying the triangle-shaped MacArthur building on Toole Avenue for $1.7 million.

The deal was at an impasse last month on the issue of parking. The city originally did not include a lot with the building until a recent move allowed the future tenants to use a nearby parking lot.

That sealed the deal for Kevin Madden, chief executive officer for Madden Media, who believes the historic 1907 building will have lots to offer to the company's creative employees.

"Kevin Madden never wavered from his commitment to coming downtown," says Councilwoman Nina Trasoff, chair of the downtown subcommittee of the Council. "He and his staff will bring so much to downtown and downtown will offer so much to them."

Madden Media produces visitor guides, newspaper inserts and online marketing campaigns in 37 states guides with 80 employees.