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City Council to Decide on Tax Incentive for Development Near Tucson Convention Center

The Mayor and Tucson City Council tomorrow will discuss whether to grant a tax incentive to HSL Properties to help build apartments and retail at the downtown site where La Placita Village stands today. The business complex would be torn down to make room for the new development.

New Pedestrian Device Installed on West Congress Street

Crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation, Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division, recently completed installation of a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) across Congress Street, west of Bonita Avenue. The RRFB is the first of its kind in Tucson, although others have been in use throughout Arizona for a few years. The solar-powered beacon is a pedestrian warning device.

Kolb Road/Sabino Canyon Road Connection Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

 The roadway improvements to connect Sabino Canyon Road south of Tanque Verde Road to Kolb Road are finished and the public is invited to celebrate the completion of the project with a ribbon cutting ceremony and the dedication of the new Airmen Memorial Bridge over the Pantano Wash. 

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Chair Ed Honea, Tucson Ward 2 Council Member Paul Cunningham, Pima County District 4 Supervisor Steve Christy, and other area dignitaries will be on hand to commemorate the completion of the roadway. 

FEMA BLANKETS ARRIVE TOMORROW

 

TUCSON – U.S. Representative Martha McSally and Tucson Councilmember Richard Fimbres will be on hand tomorrow for the delivery of 46 pallets of blankets arriving in Tucson for homeless individuals. The more than 11,000 blankets, which are being delivered through the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Homeless Blanket Program, originally were not expected to arrive until mid to late January. Following calls from community leaders for the blankets to arrive sooner, Rep. McSally intervened with the DOD to expedite delivery.

 

Congress Street - Bonita Avenue - Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon Installed

On Thursday, December 29, 2016, crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation, Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division, completed installation of a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) across Congress Street, west of Bonita Avenue.  This RRFB is the first of its kind in Tucson, although others have been in use throughout Arizona for a few years.  This solar powered device is a pedestrian warning device.  Pedestrians press a button, causing yellow lights to flash, alerting drivers to their presence.

Stone Avenue - Drachman Street to First Street Roadway Improvement Project - Mabel Street Closure at Stone Avenue

Crews from KE&G Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin drainage work on Mabel Street east of Stone Avenue on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. This work will require the contractor to close Mabel Street at Stone Avenue at approximately 7 a.m. The work on Mabel Street is scheduled to be complete in several weeks. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl Game Block Party - Toole Avenue Closure

Downtown Tucson will be the host of the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl Game Block Party, presented by Barrio Brewing Company, on Toole Avenue between Pennington and Hotel Congress from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 29, 2016. The Block Party will include live music, food, beer, a Ferris Wheel, carnival games and more. This event precedes the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl game on December 30, 2016. Pep Squads and bands from the participating schools (Air Force and South Alabama) will participate. Toole Avenue between Pennington and Fifth Avenue will close at approximately 8 a.m.

ROAD RECOVERY BOND PROGRAM VALENCIA ROAD – ALVERNON WAY TO 12TH AVENUE ROADWAY RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT PROJECT UPDATE

Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), have started work to improve Valencia Road from Alvernon Way to 12th Avenue. This roadway reconstruction project is associated with the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond program – Road Recovery.

Road Recovery Bond Program - Valencia Road - Alvernon Way to 12th Avenue

Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), have started work to improve Valencia Road from Alvernon Way to 12th Avenue. This roadway reconstruction project is associated with the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond program – Road Recovery.

Voters Will Decide Half-Cent City Sales Tax Increase Next Year

The Mayor and Tucson City Council last night voted to send a half-cent sales tax increase to voters next May. The extra revenue would help fund new equipment and infrastructure for the Tucson Police and Fire departments and improve roads.

The tax would bring in an estimated $50 million a year and would end after five years. Mayor and Council voted unanimously to use 60 percent of the money for public safety capital needs and 40 percent for roads if voters approve the plan.

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