Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I hope you are having a relaxed summer. Our office is busy with three interns receiving job training and with many projects moving forward. Since this economic crisis hit, I’ve been focused on supporting projects that create jobs. I am pleased to let you know about projects happening right now that are creating more than 500 jobs in Ward 1. It’s just the beginning. We’ve got lots of work to do.
In this newsletter:
• New jobs in Ward I
• Residential Street paving program begins
• Cushing Street Bridge groundbreaking July 14, 8:30 a.m.
• Movie Night at Cactus Drive-in Downtown July 16,
• First-time Homebuyer and Foreclosure Prevention Workshops, July 23, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
• Family Fun Pool Party at Marriott Starr Pass Resort July 30, 9 a.m.
New jobs in Ward I
Meridian Engineering. Meridian operates in Western states but they chose to move their headquarters to Tucson’s Ward 1 - off I-19 and 29th. This new building will create 200 jobs in both construction and staffing.
FBI Facility. This important project is creating 200 construction jobs.
Cushing Street Bridge - 100 jobs, see information below.
Senior Housing. This new structure will provide homes for 149 Seniors and creates 200 construction jobs. It is one of the anchors for the Westside Mercado District near the Santa Cruz River and W. Congress. Some residents from the aging Armory Park Senior Housing will move here plus new tenants - located along the Modern Streetcar line that will connect them to El Rio and UA Medical Center.
Mayor and Council unanimously adopted a citywide residential road repair plan to chip-seal 125 lane miles of residential streets throughout the year. This program, started in 2007, had to be suspended for several years due to the economic downturn and the legislature’s $4.5 million cut to Tucson’s share of State Highway User Revenue Funds (HURF). HURF funds are restricted to transportation improvements including potholes, sweeping, median and wash cleanups, grading, sidewalks, etc. To launch the 2011-2012 paving program, Council Member Fimbres identified $585,000 in HURF, which he and staff negotiated as part of a new student housing development at 22nd and Park. Ward offices have also combined all remaining Back to Basics federal funds which should add at least $140,000 to the paving initiative. In addition, Mayor and Council offices can choose to contribute any savings achieved beyond our reduced FY11 office budgets (another $250,000) or, as Ward 6 has opted, augment the program with Ward-directed repairs. The $900,000 now set aside gets us moving toward the $1.7 million needed to fund one year of repairs. The road repairs the Department of Transportation completes will be posted on the TDOT web site so you can track our progress over the coming year, citywide.
Invitation to Cushing Street Bridge Groundbreaking Event - July 14, 8:30 a.m.
It gives me great pleasure to invite you to the groundbreaking celebration for the Cushing Street Bridge. It will be held on the west bank of the Santa Cruz River, located off Avenida Del Convento, west of I-10 and south of W. Congress in the newly-constructed Mercado district. The Cushing Street Bridge is a vital link in the 3.9-mile Modern Streetcar project which will create hundreds of jobs and has already generated $120 million in private investment along its corridor. It will connect the University of Arizona, Arizona Health Sciences Center, 4th Avenue, Downtown, the Convention Center and the Westside. When complete, the Cushing Street Bridge will span the Santa Cruz River and offer a shady east-west connection for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders. Construction of the Cushing Street Bridge will begin in July of 2011 and is scheduled to take approximately 14 months to complete. Ashton Construction of Tucson won the contract to build the bridge, which is estimated to create nearly 100 jobs. Please RSVP to (520) 624-5656. For additional information email info@TucsonStreetcar.com, or visit the website at www.TucsonStreetcar.com.
Cactus Drive-In Movie Night - Saturday, July 16, 6:30 p.m.
The Cactus Drive-In (renamed De Anza Drive-In in the 1970s) served Tucson filmgoers from 1951 to 2009. Volunteers saved the old structure from demolition and are looking for a permanent location. The first film will be shown at a temporary location on Downtown’s Avenida Del Convento, just south of the Mercado San Agustin west of I-10 on Congress. This is the first in a series of fundraisers to help make the Cactus Drive-In Theatre a reality. Family films beginning at 6:30 p.m. with cartoons. The movie for July 16 will be “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” Popcorn and drinks along with additional food for sale at the Mercado. Suggested donation is $10 per car and $4 per bike. Check the website: www.cactusdriveintheater.com.
First-time Homebuyer and Foreclosure Prevention Workshop, Saturday, July 23, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Come and learn more about the resources available to first-time homebuyers and homeowners facing foreclosure at the El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1390 W. Speedway Blvd. Congressman Raúl Grijalva will be a special guest. Sponsored by Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, Don’t Borrow Trouble Pima County, City of Tucson, Fannie Mae, Pima County and Southwest Fair Housing Council. See attached flyers (in English/Spanish) for more information. Advanced registration us recommended, contact 800-300-STOP (7868)or 520-624-2947 to register today! http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/home/announcement/1st-time-homebuyerforeclosure-prevention-workshops
Ward 1 Family Fun Swim Day at Starr Pass - July 30, 9 a.m. - Almost Full!
Bring family and friends as we beat the heat in Ward 1 at Tucson’s favorite Westside resort! JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85745. Garage Self Parking located along the service drive or you can get valet parking at the front door of the resort. Space is limited so an RSVP is required to 791-4040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s Saturday, July 30th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Water, towels and sunscreen are provided. Carondelet/St. Mary’s health care will be there with healthcare tips and a special menu of food will be available for purchase. Thank you to the owners and staff at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort!
Council Member Regina Romero
Ward I Council Office
940 West Alameda Street
Tucson, Arizona 85745