NewsNet 06-18-15

THREE DOWNTOWN PARKING LOTS READY FOR DEVELOPMENT - Developers want to turn three surface parking lots in Downtown Tucson into high-density projects. A request for proposal will be issued for the 2-acre city block east of El Charro, while two more lots south of Broadway Boulevard will be housing developments. Both housing projects have applied for incentives from the City of Tucson, which the Mayor and City Council will discuss during Tuesday's Study Session. While downtown has seen a lot of development along Congress Street, this project will add more activity to the Broadway side. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

TUCSON LEADS IN WATER CONSERVATION IN THE WEST - A recent article from Aljazeera America says Tucson may have lessons for drought-stricken California and other water-starved areas. "The desert city, where barely 12 inches of rainwater falls in an average year, has succeeded in cutting per capita water consumption by about a third since the mid-1970s," the article said. Some positive things reported include tiered water rates, $75 rebates for homeowners to replace old toilets with new high-efficiency models that use less than half the water, up to $1,000 to install a greywater system (which collects water from sinks, showers, bathtubs and washing machines to be used in landscaping), and up to $2,000 to install a system to harvest scarce rainwater. Tucson also has water cops who target commercial waste. While the population of the area served by Tucson Water has grown by more than a third since 1989, to more than 700,000 people, Tucsonans do not consume any more water than they did back then.

RINGLING BROS. IN TUCSON THIS WEEKEND - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus XTREME will be at the Tucson Convention Center tomorrow through Sunday. Come 90 minutes early for the Animal Open House. The All Access Pre-Show starts 60 minutes before the show (when the doors open) and ends about 15 minutes before the performance. Both activities are free when you have a ticket to the circus.

SUMMER SAFARI NIGHTS PROGRAM CONTINUES TOMORROW AT REID PARK ZOO - Enjoy Reid Park Zoo and cooler evening temperatures at a series of themed nights featuring different zookeeper chats, animal encounters, artifact stations, enrichment-making activities, crafts, and scavenger hunts. The event runs every Friday, 5:30-8 p.m., through July 10. The bands and animal themes change each week. Tomorrow's theme is Big Cats – featuring lions, tigers and jaguars. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online.

ROAD PAVING SET FOR TOMORROW ON PORTION OF GRANT ROAD - Road crews tomorrow will remove asphalt and repave a section of Grant Road between Dodge Boulevard and Richey Boulevard. Crews will repair the westbound curb lane from 7 a.m. until noon. During the work, there will be a single lane closure on westbound Grant Road near the job site. The work is being performed by Granite Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT). Read the TDOT news release.