Final Two Public Forums Set for January 8th Memorial

Two more public forums are scheduled for community input into the proposed January 8th Memorial design concept at El Presidio Park downtown. Los Angeles-based Chee Salette Architecture Office (CSAO) was chosen to design a master plan for the park and memorial. A final design could be completed in January, followed by a development and construction stage that could start next year. The public meetings are scheduled for Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Tucson Fire Department Headquarters (300 S. Fire Central Place) and Nov. 7 at 9:30 a.m. the same location.

The project would be funded through Pima County bonds, if voters approve a $98.6 million tourism promotion bond question as part of an $815 million bond package in November. The Jan. 8 project would receive $4 million in bond funding if voters approve the ballot question, while another $21 million would fund the historic old Pima County Courthouse as part of the planned site. The Jan. 8, 2011 mass shooting in Tucson killed six people and wounded 13 others, including then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, at a northwest-side shopping center where Giffords was meeting with constituents.

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