Help Shape the Upcoming Pima County Bond Package

sunshine mile mural Pima County residents have an opportunity to vote on many proposals that are under consideration for the County Bond election. Pima County has put together a short survey of all the proposals. These include funding for new or improved community centers, libraries, historic sites, hiking trails, the arts and more. You are asked to mark which are most important to you.

Ward 6 City Councilmember Steve Kozachik has submitted an item regarding the Broadway Corridor to the Bond list that does not appear on the survey. A short description appears below. According to Councilmember Kozachik's July 22 newsletter, "This proposal is intended to work in concert with the design plan that the Broadway Citizen’s Task Force is now developing. If the County Bond package includes this project, and the package is adopted by the voters, and there’s money saved on the Broadway RTA project, the money allocated to this application could then come out of the RTA contribution to the project and those dollars moved to other roadway projects in the City."

If you would like to support Councilmember Kozachik's proposal, please add a comment on the survey stating you support the 'Sunshine Mile Commercial District or Corridor' proposal. The survey closes on Friday, August 2.

Project name: Sunshine Mile Commercial District or Corridor Location: The project is located along Broadway Boulevard between Euclid and Country Club, which is within the incorporated jurisdiction of the City of Tucson, Ward 6. Scope: The project program is the economic development and physical enhancement of historic commercial buildings along the Sunshine Mile corridor. This gateway to downtown presents a unique opportunity to celebrate and enhance an important collection of mid-century modern commercial storefronts and buildings while encouraging and cultivating small businesses. The project is envisioned to create a multi-faceted approach to improve economic development opportunities while protecting historic resources. Facade improvement programs, the creation of incubator spaces and local business development are all anticipated outcomes. Benefits: The project will benefit the city and the region. This corridor is one of Tucson's most important streets and a focal point of post-WWII development. Over the last twenty-five years the area has suffered from economic disinvestment. With strategic economic development programming, this district can re-emerge as an important destination with business revitalization and an increased tax base. Tucson Modernism Week 2012 focused on educational and heritage programming with thousands of community members attending this multi-day event. The celebration of our historic modern architecture, a focus on local businesses and the proximity to central urban neighborhoods offers a perfect combination for re-investment and re-emergence. The revitalization of this corridor will leverage private investment and improve the beauty and vitality of the region.

Take the survey here.

Learn more about the bond packages here.