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A look at Caterpillar's Tucson HQ

Posted at 8:24 PM, Aug 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-11 01:21:10-04

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Caterpillar's decision to put a big regional headquarters in Tucson is bringing in excitement and about six hundred well-paying jobs.

Now we have a look at what the building will look like.

After years of being the sleepy side of Tucson the area just west of I-10 is really waking up with commercial and residential construction and now a big commercial tenant is showing the face it will show to the world.

Near this new residential construction on the west side there are acres of potential which will hold the new regional headquarters of Caterpillar's mining technology division.

About 600 highly paid engineers and executives have transferred from offices in Wisconsin and Illinois to staff the new building.

Caterpillar brings a business known round the world to Tucson and helps break down the idea that I-10 is a barrier to the boom in downtown.

The new building will be in Councilmember Regina Romero's Ward One.  She says it should be a magnet for more growth and convinced colleagues on City Council to prep city-owned land surrounding the site so it's ready for still more development.

“There could be commercial, retail, residential, maybe even hotel.  It's too early to tell but when we remediate, when we clean up that landfill to the west side of the Caterpillar building that's seven acres of downtown land that is right on the streetcar line."

Nearby, Tasha Bundy opened her shop Mast, based on the commercial and residential she expects to grow around her.

"Sometimes you've got to jump in there and have faith that things are gonna happen."