The industrial market in Tucson is getting new attention from distribution companies. New construction and expansion is leaving the vacancy rate at about 10 percent for industrial space. OnTrac, a regional logistics company, is expected to announce plans this week to lease more than 56,000 square feet at Rockefeller Group Distribution Center, south of Valencia and Palo Verde roads.
Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega last week directed staff to begin delivering old garbage trucks and trash containers to South Tucson. The decision is a week ahead of the next Tucson City Council meeting, which would formalize a temporary lease contract between the two communities after Waste Management severed its contract with the 1.2-mile city last week in a dispute over $300,000 in unpaid bills. South Tucson prepaid for the trucks and containers it's leasing from the City of Tucson as part of the proposed intergovernmental agreement.
Michael Ortega began serving as Tucson City Manager on July 1. A former Cochise County Administrator and Douglas City Manager, Ortega is no stranger to Tucson. A University of Arizona alumnus and avid Tumamoc Hill hiker, Ortega recently shared his vision for the city with Tucson 12.
The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection site at the Los Reales Landfill has a new entrance at the intersection of Los Reales Road and Craycroft Road. The entrance includes a new scalehouse, administration building, and drop-off facility for HHW and recyclables. HHW sponsors public outreach and collection events each month, and 98 percent of materials collected are reused or recycled.
The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department wants to know how it can improve recreation and leisure opportunities for all of its users.
This July the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department kicked off a process of information gathering that will result in a five-year master plan that anticipates future needs and outlines the actions necessary to deliver high quality recreation facilities, programs and services to the Tucson area. Public and stakeholder input are essential and critical to the success of the master plan.
The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) dropoff site at Los Reales Landfill will be closed tomorrow as the entrance is changed. It will reopen Monday at the new entrance at the intersection of Los Reales Road and Craycroft Road. The new entrance includes a new scalehouse, administration building, and drop-off facility for HHW and recyclables.
September is Attendance Awareness Month, an annual event that recognizes the connection between school attendance and academic achievement. The goal is to mobilize schools and communities across the nation to promote the value of good attendance and take concrete steps to reduce chronic absence. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will formally kick off the local event at a news conference on Tuesday.
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Do you have Labor Day weekend plans yet? If not, there's plenty to enjoy at home. A recent survey ranks Tucson as the 11th-best place for a staycation. When determining the rankings of 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Staycations, WalletHub looked at recreational activities, food and entertainment, and rest and relaxation. Orlando, Florida is No. 1 on the list.
Celebrate World Rhino Day with Fireball and Yebonga, Reid Park Zoo’s charismatic rhinos. At this exclusive, after-hours reception, you’ll learn how the Zoo cares for these unique animals and why rhinos in the wild need our help. Enjoy appetizers and drinks with the zookeepers, and then meet a rhino up close. The event is set for Sept. 10, 5:30-7 p.m. and tickets are available online.
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Beginning this weekend, Sun Tran will provide limited Saturday bus service from approximately 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Routes 8, 16, and 18. Limited service maps and schedules are available at transit centers, Sun Tran's website, or by calling Customer Service at (520) 792-9222. Passengers are strongly encouraged to check schedules. Riders are advised to plan accordingly, as buses may be delayed due to overcrowding. As more resources become available, Sun Tran will continue add more service.
The American Public Works Association (APWA) announced this week that the Houghton Road - Irvington Road to Valencia Road Project has been selected as one of the nation's Public Works Projects of the Year for 2015. The award will be presented next Monday in Phoenix. Award recipients include the City of Tucson as the managing agency, Hunter Contracting Co. as the primary contractor, Psomas as the primary design consultant, and Gordley Group as the public relations firm.