Major Retail Center Planned for Southwest Side

Plans are underway for a large shopping center and hotel on the city's southwest side. Bourn Cos. wants to develop the outdoor center on Irvington Road, west of Interstate 19, and is in negotiations with several retailers, restaurants, and hotel chains. The 58-acre site would be built in phases, with about 220,000 square feet of shopping space expected to open by next fall, said developer Alan Tanner of Bourn. In about 3 1/2 years, the center could have up to 600,000 square feet of retail space.

Pima County Homeless Population Decreasing

The number of homeless people in Pima County continues to decline, according to the 2016 Homeless Street Count. The count, released by Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness (TPCH), included those living in unsheltered situations (381) and those in temporary housing or other emergency shelters (1,384). This year’s total of 1,765 homeless is down about 600 people from 2012.

Job Opportunity: Crime Scene Specialist

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is seeking qualified applicants to become a crime scene specialist. Duties include collecting, examining, photographing, and investigating all types of crime scenes.

Applicants are encouraged to attend a public information meeting tomorrow from 6-8 p.m. at the Tucson Police Westside Substation, 1310 W. Miracle Mile.

Applications are due by June 26.

Read the job description.

City Budget Set for Final Adoption This Week

The Mayor and Tucson City Council tomorrow will vote on final adoption of the Fiscal Year 2016/17 Recommended Budget.

Before the vote, there will be a final public hearing on the $1.37 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The hearing will take place during the Regular Meeting at 5:30 p.m. at 255 W. Alameda.

The structurally balanced budget includes a mix of spending cuts and revenue increases.

Parks and Recreation Offers $2 Swim Lessons for Those Who Qualify

The Tucson Parks and Recreation department still has spots available for its $2 swim lessons program, offered in partnership with the American Red Cross Aquatics Centennial Program. The discounted swim lessons are available to children (6 months to 17 years old) who qualify for the Discount Program. Find out if you qualify by calling (520) 791-4877. You must register for the discounted lessons in person at 900 S. Randolph Way.