Tucson Developer Don Bourn received approval from the Rio Nuevo Board for a $2.6 million dollar loan to finance a project called City Park on a now-empty downtown lot. Bourn purchased the property from the City for $100 in 2004 as part of the original Rio Nuevo plan. The loan will fill a gap in financing on the $17 million project located on Congress Street between Scott and Stone avenues. City Park would be a four-story building with a food court, bowling and billiards, offices, and a top floor deck.
Ferrets Nadia and Dimitri are the newest Education Ambassador Animals at the Zoo. Although they don't have a permanent exhibit at the Zoo, the ferrets will make regular appearances at education programs on Zoo grounds and outreach programs in the community. Nadia and Dimitri will also be presented by docents and teen volunteers in the Conservation Learning Center. Ferrets are part of the Mustelid family along with otters and weasels. Read more in the Zoo Blog.
Learn your rights and responsibilities for Transaction Privilege (Sales) Taxation by attending the Tax and License Workshop sponsored by the City of Tucson Finance Department. The retail workshop will be held Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-noon, at the Murphy-Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road. Questions will be answered, and written materials will be available. Samples of sales tax records, worksheets, and monthly returns will be explained.
The Sun Link Tucson streetcar officially celebrated its second anniversary yesterday. The streetcar system has served more than 2 million passengers since it began service. Connecting five districts in the heart of Tucson, the streetcar system has been widely embraced by locals, students, and visitor to the region. It has also become an important component in revitalization of downtown.
The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department maintains seven off-leash dog parks where dogs can run free and socialize with other dogs. Five of the sites are divided into separate areas for large and small dogs, and some parks feature dog training areas. To learn more about dog parks watch Community Promotions and Marketing Manager Sierra Davenport in "Sierra Says" from Tucson 12.
Those who want to participate in the Aug. 30 Primary Election must be registered to vote by midnight on Monday, Aug. 1. Anyone who has moved, changed their name since their last registration, just became a Pima County resident, or would like to change their party affiliation must complete a new voter registration form.
The Loft Cinema's annual Kids Fest is underway and features a free, family-friendly film every morning this week. Staff from the City's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program will be at all of the screenings distributing free bike helmets. Doors open at 9:15 a.m. for pre-show games, live performances, giveaways, popcorn, and surprises. The Loft Cinema is a nonprofit organization and the popular Kids Fest is presented by Trail Dust Town.
Tucson Water is looking for a talented and team-oriented person to inspect and oversee utility projects, codes, inspections, and related practices. Applications for Construction Inspector in the Planning & Engineering Division are being accepted through Aug. 5. Read the job description to learn about the job duties and qualifications
The City of Tucson is getting a $2.9 million federal grant to help an estimated 180 low-income homeowners with children under the age of six abate lead paint hazards from their homes built before 1978. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes.