NewsNet 03-02-15

FOUNDATION BUYS RIALTO THEATRE FROM RIO NUEVO - After years of owning Downtown Tucson's Rialto Theatre and providing it rent relief to prevent it from collapse, Rio Nuevo has sold the concert venue to the Rialto Theatre Foundation for $1.3 million. The Rio Nuevo Board last week voted unanimously to approve the sale and reinvest the money in other downtown projects. Rio Nuevo bought the Rialto for $1.54 million in 2004, before downtown was bustling like it is today. The agreement with the foundation that runs the theater included a purchase option after 10 years. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

CITY DEPARTMENTS PARTNER WITH OUTSIDE AGENCIES TO HELP HOARDERS - Concerned for the safety of area residents and rescue workers, about 50 local agencies have established a task force to address the problem of hoarding and how to help those individuals struggling with the issue. City Code Enforcement inspectors say they encounter a hoarding case about every other week. The issue poses significant risk to residents, as well as rescue personnel called to the homes of hoarders. The task force is offering its first informational session this week for those seeking help with the issue. The meeting will be held tomorrow from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Abrams Public Health Center, 3950 S. Country Club Road, Room 1104. "Buried in Treasures," is part of a 20-week program and support group. There is a $20 charge for course materials. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

GRANT ROAD PAVING PREPARATION SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK - Starting tomorrow, crews will be drilling test holes on Grant Road, from Sparkman Boulevard (just east of Country Club Road) to Arcadia Avenue (just east of Swan Road), to determine the characteristics of the existing soil conditions prior to the start of an upcoming resurfacing project. Work hours will be 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Lane restrictions will be in place to allow work crews to safely conduct the testing, but one lane in each direction will maintained at all times. The soil testing project is scheduled to be finished on Friday. Read the news release.

SWEETWATER WETLANDS PRESCRIBED BURN POSTPONED - The Sweetwater Wetlands annual prescribed burn originally scheduled for today has been delayed until March 17 due to weather conditions. The Wetlands is open daily until then. The burn is part of a joint project to enhance Tucson Water's Mosquito Abatement Program at the Wetlands and provide a firefighting exercise for the Tucson Fire Department.

FOOD TRUCKS RETURN DOWNTOWN - If you plan to be downtown tomorrow for lunch, you have some new options. Food trucks will be lined up from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in front of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library. Several food trucks will be raising money for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. The food trucks will return Wednesday at Stone and Congress.