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Views Status of Road Bond Projects

The City of Tucson has an interactive map to track the progress of the Road Recovery bond project. The five-year plan voters approved in 2012 spends $100 million to improve roadways in our community.

You can click an area of the city on the map and find out which projects are completed, planned, and active. Information also includes the number of miles in each project, and the ability to turn map layers on and off to narrow your search.

Downtown Park Dedication Set for Friday

The City of Tucson Department of Transportation, Parks and Recreation, El Presidio Neighborhood Association, and Centennial Park Committee will join Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Ward 1 Council Member Regina Romero, Tucson Water, and community members Friday at 3:30 p.m. to dedicate Centennial Park in honor of Christopher Franklin Carroll. The downtown preservationist, developer, and fourth-generation resident of El Presidio died in 2013.

22nd Street – Wilmot Road to Kolb Road Sidewalk Improvements

On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) will begin sidewalk improvements along 22nd Street between Wilmot Road and Kolb Road. Crews will work Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The work is scheduled to be complete in mid-March 2016.

Crews are improving curb access ramps to meet American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. During the work, there will be curb lane travel restrictions in place. 

Tenants Sign Leases on New Development Space

A development under construction at Broadway Boulevard, east of Craycroft Road, has all of its tenants lined up. On the site of a former, now-demolished church, will be three eateries...El Pollo Loco, Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

The church site was bought for $2.2 million by Broadway Festival LLC, headed by Bill Viner and Steve Shenitzer. The land was rezoned for retail use.

Enjoy the Final Week of Tucson, Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase

This weekend will wrap up two weeks of gem, mineral, fossil, and bead shows around Tucson. The annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® - the one that started it all - opens Thursday at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). Presented by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, the show pulls in thousands of treasure hunters from around the world.

El Rio Moves Health Center Into Historic Mansion Downtown

El Rio Community Health Center is now operating its headquarters out of the historic Manning House. The 109-year-old building near Interstate 10 downtown is named for former Tucson Mayor Levi Manning.

El Rio bought the property for $2.36 million in 2013. The total investment after refurbishing and new construction is expected to be slightly more than $11 million. Work is underway to build a new three-story office tower that will be called "Manning 2."

Tucson Groups Offer Plans to House Homeless

Advocates for the homeless are proposing designated campsites and micro houses in Tucson, based on successful pilot programs in Eugene, Oregon. That city allows legal campsites on city, county, or private property, where up to 20 people can live in tents or small huts on top of a wooden platform.

City leaders in Tucson recently formed a work group to study ways to help the homeless get into stable transitional housing. Ward 5 City Council Member Richard Fimbres is leading the group.

Rio Nuevo Wants to Invest in West Side Development

Rio Nuevo wants to buy the City of Tucson's stake in an agreement to develop 14 acres on the west side of downtown. The $1.2 million amount would equal what the City would receive if it decided developer Gadsden Co. has defaulted on a performance bond tied to the development agreement.

Gadsden agreed in 2008 to buy and develop the land in phases, but the company hasn't completed all of the agreed-upon work. The City granted the developer several extensions.

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