Recognizing the value of local neon signs, the City's Historic Preservation Office has allocated $125,000 to restore some of these iconic landmarks. To be eligible for the program owners of blighted signs apply for Historic Landmark Sign designation, agree to keep the sign up for at least 10 years and pay 25 percent of repair costs. The Hacienda Motel and Riviera Motor Lodge signs are currently being restored under the program.
City Manager Michael Ortega was featured on the most recent edition of Arizona Public Media's Metro Week. The City Manager discussed Mayor and City Council priorities, long-term budget fixes, and Plan Tucson. "It's a wonderful plan," said Ortega of the voter-approved general plan. "The framework for us to do business as a city government is in that blueprint."
More than 9,000 passengers hopped on board the Sun Link streetcar Saturday to celebrate the system's first anniversary. Tucson Medical Center, Tucson Electric Power, and Friends of the Tucson Streetcar sponsored free rides for the anniversary event, while KXCI continued its Sun Link Summer in the City Concert Series with award-winning vocalist Crystal Stark. Riders packed the streetcar to sing along with the former American Idol finalist and attended events along the route.
Sun Link will celebrate its first anniversary tomorrow with free rides all day, sponsored by Friends of the Tucson Streetcar, Tucson Medical Center and Tucson Electric Power. The KXCI Presents: Sun Link Summer in the City Concert Series also will hold a special concert. Award-winning vocalist Crystal Stark will perform on a streetcar at 7 p.m., starting at the stop on Avenida del Convento and Congress (across from Mercado San Agustin).
Two developers shared their proposals this week for the Ronstadt Transit Center Joint Development Project. Both projects would keep the Ronstadt Center as a bus hub, while adding housing and retail spaces. After that, the proposals are quite different.
Tucson Water crews will need to shut down a water line to complete work in the area of North Oracle Road and West Magee Road. The water outage is scheduled to start at midnight tomorrow night and extend until Sunday at 5 a.m. The work will result in a temporary outage of water service to approximately 1,300 customers in an area roughly bounded by Calle Concordia to the north, North First Avenue to the east, West Chapala Drive to the south, and North Wanda Road to the west. Tucson Water staff has notified all affected residents.
As part of routine cleaning over the summer months, three Parks and Recreation centers will close next Monday. Freedom Center will be closed until July 29; Archer Center will shut down until Aug. 1; and Cherry Avenue Center will be closed until July 28. Other centers will close at different times. Monitor NewsNet and Parks and Recreation Facebook page for more information.
When you pay for metered parking with the free GoTucson app, you can set up your own Park Tucson Prepaid Wallet. Each time you park, you can pay by drawing down your account balance rather than charging your credit or debit card. Using the Prepaid Wallet also qualifies you for Park Tucson parking discounts made available only to customers who have funded their Prepaid Wallet. Just click "Park Tucson Prepaid Wallet" to manage your account.
The deadline to submit arguments about November's ballot propositions is Aug. 5. There will be three Charter change questions on the Nov. 3 General Election ballot, along with a citizen's initiative to ban red light cameras in the City of Tucson. Arguments will be included in the sample ballot/publicity pamphlet for the election. That pamphlet will be mailed to each household with a registered voter in the City.
To celebrate the first anniversary of Sun Link, streetcar rides will be free this Saturday, and there are plenty of places to park along the nearly 4-mile route. Parking is available at more than 11,000 spaces along the University of Arizona, 4th Avenue, Downtown Tucson and the Mercado District. Street parking is free on the weekends. Read more from Park Tucson.