Tucson, AZ

Massive New Restaurant, Pickleball Courts Opening in Historic Building

Greyson F

Burgers and pickle ball is coming your way.Eiliv-Sonas Aceron/Unsplash

The Corbett block in downtown Tucson has been targeted for a thorough renovation for some time now. Plans for a complete renovation were released in early 2020, with massive plans for the Corbett Building (located at 210 East 7th Street) to be gutted, updated, and set up for new businesses. However, many of the plans were put on hold when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and shut down Tucson a few months later. Now, renovations are back on track and the 2.5 acre Corbett Block is going to see some sizable updates in the coming months. 

Corbett Lumber and Hardware Company originally built the building back in 1930, and while the building itself maintains some of the nearly 100-year-old architecture, it has fallen on hard times. This new development will pump new life into not only the building but the entire block. With the renovations, Corbett Lane’s is set to make the move inside. 

Scott Stiteler, a developer from California, has worked on several projects around greater Tucson, including the AC Hotel Tucson, which opened back in 2017. Now, with his sights set on the Corbett Building, he and his team at Phase One will bring with it a massive activity center and restaurant the entire family will love. 

While “Corbett Lane’s” might make one think of a bowling alley, the new establishment will be everything but. It will feature a beer garden, five pickleball courts, and a large, burger-centric restaurant. It is also going to add 188 new parking spots, which is big news for anyone who hates dealing with parking downtown (this is down from the original estimate of 193 parking spots).

The original plans for the block have changed since designs were laid out prior to the pandemic. The initial plans for the Corbet Building were to include an Italian restaurant plus a cafe and Airstream Hotel. However, with changing times comes changing designs and the need to offer enhanced activities for individuals that can be played both inside and out. 

Pickleball has picked up in popularity in Arizona over the last several years. The game, which is essentially a smaller version of tennis played on a reduced sized court, started in the Pacific Northwest, and snowbirds that would move to Arizona, Florida, and other warm-weather states helped spread the popularity of the activity, which is not being enjoyed by individuals of all ages. 

Look for additional announcements regarding Corbett Lane’s to drop in the coming weeks. 

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