Archive for June 16th, 2012

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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