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Archive for June, 2012

Arizona Court of Appeals hearing on the City of Tucson’s rejection of citizens petitions to repeal the Main Gate Overlay  View also a written summary in Court of Appeals : WUNA (pdf)     

June 22nd update –  The Court of appeals ruled against the appeal.  The Supreme Court has been asked to review this ruling.  The submittal by West University’s attorney can be viewed here:   Petition For Review

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You can view a sort of fox in the hen house historical re-cap of Rio Nuevo to date, in:   A Historic Recap of Rio Nuevo.  Also view Steve Kozachik’s latest summary in his Media Release.pdf   and the Daily Star’s latest update in Rio Nuevo Audit Finds Questionable Spending of $33.8M….and as a matter facts, the blog, poco bravo’s take on the  MLK Apartments….

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In a scathing article , Randy Serraglio of  the Tucson Weekly grilles the City in  Controversy in the downtown/UA area.   A big chunk of the controversy centers around urban overlay districts and the RTA.  The Main Gate Overlay is one such project that has been disputed by West University Neighborhood.  While WUNA continues to challenge the overlay through through court action, the City of Tucson issued a permit to start building the first 14 story building to benefit from the overlay on May 1st.   You can view approved plans for the foundation work here: MAP Pro  One thing is that is obviously missing from the overlay mechanism is that it is entirely one sided.  It has no means of balancing out negative impact that can lead to divestment of R1 and R2 uses in impacted downtown/UA neighborhoods. 

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