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Purpose of the Panel - To prioritize and coordinate public and private investment on opportunity sites within the 500+ acre central/western portion of downtown Tucson, an area that includes many historic, cultural, and civic assets and will have a modern streetcar system running through it in the summer of 2014 (see map). The area encompasses the Congress St. entertainment district, multiple museum and performing arts facilities, the government and Convention Center complexes, and the adjoining west side area that is Tucson's historic and cultural birthplace. In addition, there are many vacant and underdeveloped sites within the area and increasing interest (both public and private) in investment and development on these sites. It is important that these projects be prioritized and considered in a coordinated manner balancing current market demands and realities with previous planning efforts and long-term goals in order to create synergy, encourage private sector investment, and leverage limited public resources.
Scope Question - What type of development is recommended for the vacant and underdeveloped opportunity sites within this area with an emphasis on utilizing publicly-owned land and public resources/incentives to maximize and leverage private investment toward achievement of the following goals: