GRANT ROAD COALITION, CENTRAL SEGMENTS information for neighbors
June 15, Citizens Task Force Meeting: TASK FORCE RECONSIDERS CHANGES TO THE 30% PLANS FOR PHASES 5/6 ...that is Paloverde to First Avenue
All neighbors along the project should attend this meeting. Here's the sequence of events (background information): 1) The Citizens Task Force were presented with the 30% plans for Phases 5/6. They asked not to make a decision until the community weighed in. Thank you Task Force! 2) PSOMAS, TDOT, and representatives of the RTA held 3 community meetings to present the 30% plans to the public - set up in the parks, remember? 3) The member neighborhoods of the Grant Road Coalition sent a letter of their concerns. Copied below 4) TDOT & PSOMAS reported going back to the drawing board to consider the requests of the neighborhoods 5) A second Task Force meeting, which will present the NEW 30% plans (which may or may not reflect the wishesof the neighborhoods) is scheduled for June 15, Tuesday at 5:30 Please join the meeting! Please offer to speak at Call to the Audience (You can always pass, or yield to someone else)
May 4, Coalition letter responding to 30% plans
GIVE YOUR INPUT ON THE COMING CONSTRUCTION OF GRANT ROAD
Plans for the "Central Segments" are at the 30% stage. At 30% community can give input. The Central Segments are like no other part of the Project--It is a RESIDENTIAL AREA. All other areas are commercial. The coalition feels that the current plans do not take this into account. The current plan causes damage to property value, does not take into account safety and quality of life of residents. The The 30% plans were shared March 2, 2021 with the Grant Road Citizen Task Force. The Task Force declined to support or decline the plans submitted, asking instead that they be able to wait until after the Community Meeting. Read below the stand that will be taken by the Grant Road Coaliltion comprised of the neighborhhod leaders of Mountain/First, Jefferson Park, SAMOS, Campbell/Grant and Catalina Vista.
WHAT DO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD REPRESENTATIVES SAY? THERE'S CONCERNS... This Letter to the Project Manager, City of Tucson Transportation, RTA, and our city leaders.
"Central Segments" - from 1st Ave to Tucson Blvd the most "residential" sensitive section of the entire Grant Road Project
NEW CONCERN FOR THE GRANT ROAD COALITION MEMBERS Why should GRC be concerned about the proposed TEP power lines? At first TEP was considering many routes. As of the Nov 4 presentation to Mayor and Council the options for the lines is reduced, however, now all options include Grant Road. Two of the options include routes bisecting the Jefferson Park neighborhood. The Campbell route impacts GRC members, Blenman/Elm, Catalina Vista, and Jefferson Park. TEP has not yet decided upon which side of Grant Road will be chosen. This now makes it a concern of GRC members Sugar Hill, SAMOS, Mountain/First, Jefferson Park Go to the UNDERGROUND TEP tab to see more information, updates and list of contacts
GRANT ROAD COALITION - Meeting Schedule Future Meetings will be posted here
SEE THE PROGRESS TOWARD A LINEAR HEALTH/HERITAGE TRAIL under "PROPOSALS/PROJECTS" tab Read the history of grants and partnerships to bring this vision to reality
UA Landscape Graduate class submits first images of Park Concept for Remnants http://www.jeffersonpark.info/landscapes.html Six landsacpe designs were created by the graduate class in landscape design taught by Margaret Livingston, Ph.D., Professor of Landscape Architecture, College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture. Those were presented at a public meeting Nov 28, 2017. The plans are now posted to the Jefferson Park website, at the link above, for all to see and comment upon.
TIMING FOR THE CENTRAL SEGMENTS and CENTRAL CENTERS will happen in two different time frames.
Phase 2 -2015 to 2018, from Stone to just east of Park (Santa Rita) which impacts Jefferson Park Neighborhood
Phase 5/6 - from Santa Rita to Country Club which impacts Jefferson Park again, and SAMOS, Campbell/Grant, and Catalina Vista neighborhoods may not begin until 2026! (per Grant Road Task Force Meeting Oct 19, 2017)
This very long break in time places extra stress on the residential neighborhoods bordering the construction
THE COALITION is an advisory committee authorized by their respective neighborhoods to represent neighborhood interests in talks with the city specifically about the Grant Rd Project. The coalition works to create a dialogue between project administrators and neighborhood residents. The coalition addresses such issues as: Noise mitigation * Visual mitigation * Green Space * Demolition Issues * Loss of Historic Homes * Closure of neighborhood streets Bike and pedestrian safety DISCUSSIONS are around TWO MAIN TOPICS Grant Road Alignment Issues - the actual path the 6 lane road will take Land Use Issues - what will happen to vacant land after the roadway has been cut. i.e. will it be green space, commercially developed, have buffers, berms etc? NOTE: Per the amendment to the Grant Road Vision Statement all remnant parcels in the Central Segments (First to Tucson Blvd) will have no overlay, no change in zoning. i.e. R-1 will remain R-1 zoning, NR-1 will remain NR-1.
THE GREAT WIDENING - A SLIDE SHOW- This power point was created by S. Studd, of Mountain/First neighborhood. it was presented on August 22 to neighbors and stakeholders who wanted to review what has happened in the past 2+ years of neighborhood involvement in the Grant Road widening process. Published for your review below.
Karin's Uhlich's e-mail of support to Tucson Mayor and City Manager!!!
(July 16, 2017) Regarding our ongoing conversation and next steps for the park space along Grant road, I want to update you and confirm the City's support:
1) PAG is continuing to work with us on funds for the Heritage and Health trail (involving Banner, Jefferson Park and area neighborhoods; we need to sustain the City's commitment (already approved as an exception by RTA/PAG given City plans to keep it as Park) to HOLD AND NOT MARKET/SELL the remnants between 1st and Campbell (Tucson) as leverage for the project. While the National Parks grant did not come through, there are opportunities for funding (state and federal) that are being pursued. 2) see below; the State Dept of Forestry has encouraged applications from PAG/City/JP. The first small grant proposal is next FRIDAY under their TREES program and must be submitted under the auspices of the City. JP is drafting and we will get that to Mike's office to submit (I am assuming no other City proposals are in the queue; let me know) 3) PAG/Farhad has agreed to serve as lead and submitter of other proposals (with City as key supporter/collaborator. Could you please confirm through a reply to this email that this will be our plan moving forward? Through we did not secure the National Parks Grant we can also resubmit next year and it is clear we can identify other potential funding sources to fulfill the exciting and meaningful vision for this area. I know we share the desire to demonstrate that corridor redevelopment can be integrated with appropriate land use that preserves value and enhances quality of life for urban residents. This project is a valuable chance to enact that principle, in-keeping with both City and RTA goals. Karin