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Renovations at 1100 N. Broad Street

The property at 1100 N. Broad Street is seeing new life, with extensive renovations completed by Phoenix developer Erik Marsh, a new name – 1100 Center – and new businesses moving in.

The 19,242-square-foot property – located across the street from DeMarco’s Italian Restaurant in Globe – currently houses Kempton Physical Therapy, Miles Eye Center, The Healing Warehouse, and Metro by T-Mobile.

But its history is just as interesting. Dating back to the late 1800s, the property has long formed part of the heart of Globe. The site first served as a lumber and wheelwright shop, holding a central place in the region’s industrial roots.

Furnished rooms were constructed at the southern end of the property in 1906 – the same year the Gila County Courthouse (now the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts) was built, as well as the legendary Pioneer Hotel, which burned down in 2005.

By 1911 the southern part of the site had evolved into the Hotel Maurel. The owners were Andre and Marie Maurel, a French couple who had immigrated to the US in their twenties. By 1882 they had moved to Globe and were living in a tent along the creek, running a small farm. Twenty-some years later, they opened their hotel, which became a mainstay in the downtown area. And it must have done well – according to newspaper reports, the Maurels added a swimming pool in 1918, which was fed by nearby springs.

While the Maurels were running their hotel in the southern part of the property, the northern portion underwent several transformations: a Chinese restaurant opened there in 1909, and two years later the property was converted to an auto camp with parking and cabins for travelers.

Over the years, the Maurels’ hotel closed and 1100 Center eventually served various automotive uses – until 1959. By then, all site structures had been removed, and a new build-out was completed, which still stands today. The property remained relatively unmodified until Marsh’s renovations.

Leasing opportunities are still available at 1100 Center, and are being handled by Kurt Kerner, a real estate agent at Kidder Mathews. “We have some great spaces available for new businesses to serve the community, including approximately 8,965 square feet that can be divided and a 1,539-square-foot space,” Kerner said.

Kerner can be reached at (928) 900-4275 for leasing inquiries or further information.

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