Last Updated on April 24, 2021 by Kim Labriola
The Mercado District of Menlo Park in Tucson
The Mercado District of Menlo Park is a unique neighborhood that broke ground in 2007 and still has lots available. The Mercado is located at the west end of Tucson’s Modern Streetcar line, just west of I-10 at Congress and Avenida del Convento. This conveniently located community is close to downtown Tucson, University of Arizona, I-10, Sentinel Peak (A Mountain), Tumamoc Hill, St. Mary’s Hospital, and of course the Tucson Modern Streetcar. The neighborhood falls within the TUSD school district and is serviced by Maxwell K-8, Safford K-8, and Cholla High schools.
The architecture styles are eclectic which range from modern interpretations of the Sonoran Row House to Contemporary to Mexican Colonial to Industrial Loft style homes. With approximately 90 lots, this tight-knit community has tree-lined streets along with a clever layout which encourages walking. The neighborhood is zoned for commercial and residential use which permits home-based businesses to set up shop.
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The Mercado San Agustin is nestled in a corner of the neighborhood with all local shops, restaurants, and even a shared commercial kitchen, which all surround a lovely courtyard. Folks from all over town drop by on weekends for live music performances in the courtyard while enjoying a bite to eat. The restaurants include the highly acclaimed Agustin Kitchen, Seis, Estrella Bakery, Blu a wine and cheese shop, Stella Java, Dolce Pastello Cakes, Sonoran Sno Cones. Shops include Mast Boutique, Transit Cycles, La Cabana, Estudio Piel, and San Agustin Trading Company. The Mercado also hosts a farmer’s market on Thursdays as well as other special events throughout the year.
A Short History of the Area
Native Americans once built pit houses and raised corn on this land which is known as Tucson’s birthplace. In the 1770s Spaniards built a 2-story Convento (meaning a Priest’s residence). Later, Mexicans used the nearby Santa Cruz river to irrigate their crops planted here. Eventually the Convento crumbled and was later bulldozed, although there are plans to recreate the structure along with reconstructing the Mission Gardens.