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19th March
2009
written by Downtown Dudette

A coalition of representatives traveled up to Phoenix a few weeks back for an update of the TIF funding for Rio Nuevo. We ran the story a few days ago - HERE.  The Tucson delegation’s performance was unprepared and the legislators where under whelmed.

What did come out a few days later was that our Southern Arizona legislators, Antenori, Melvin and Paton, changed their minds and decided to support continued funding of Rio Nogo.  With conditions.

The conditions for continued funding focuses on all Rio Nuevo TIF funding going ONLY to the arena and hotel – PERIOD!

Tuesday Romero and Trasoff initiated a motion, which was passed, to take $3 million in Rio Nuevo funds for a project west of the freeway. Clearly not what the legislators had requested.  Word is leadership is not happy. Who knows what next. The City of Tucson is definitely playing with fire on this one. Stay tuned folks.

Rio Nuevo’s mission gardens on the way

Tucson, Arizona | Published: 03.17.2009

What is it?

Mission Gardens is an agricultural area along the bank of the Santa Cruz River associated with the Mission San Agustín — Tucson’s cultural birthplace. Rio Nuevo is re-creating the gardens as part of its replication of the mission complex, which included a two-story convento, a granary and other buildings.

What will it cost?

The estimated cost is $3 million, to come from Rio Nuevo funds.

When will it be done?

The project was originally slated for completion in 2010, but city officials now believe it will be done within months. — Rob O’Dell

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