Construction is expected to begin early next year on a new Pima Community College educational building that will go up in downtown Tucson.
What is being called the Center of Excellence in Applied Training will be built on a 2.9-acre site at 333 W. Drachman on the northwest side of the main PCC campus.
That address has been the home to the Fortuna Inn and Suites for over 40 years.
PCC purchased the property last year in a part of town that is made up mostly of newer retail and office structures.
The 72,000 square foot hotel has now been demolished, with plans that work could begin on the new PCC facility in January or February.
That facility, upon completion, will house diesel and automotive technology labs, manufacturing space, and a robotics lab.
In a statement, PCC Chancellor Lee Lambert said the new center will support the school’s mission of “increasing educational attainment in our community and helping our young people thrive in an economy that is fueled by technology and connected globally.”
By Garry Boulard