"Central Segments" - from First Avenue to Tucson Blvd-the most residentially sensitive section of the entire Grant Road Project
GRANT ROAD COALITION - Central Segments Meeting Schedule August Vacation - No meeting 4th Tuesdays of the month 6:00 pm * WARD 3 Office * 1510 E Grant Road September 25, October 23, Nov 27
All interested stakeholders invited to attend. This is a coalition comprised of residents, neighborhood leaders and businesses--all who care about preserving the quality of life of people effected by the Grant Road Project from 1st to Tucson Blvd. Phases 2 and 5/6.
SEE THE UA LANDSCAPE CONCEPT PROPOSALS FOR GRANT ROAD REMNANT PARCELS FROM PARK TO SANTA RITA 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. The plans are now posted to the Jefferson Park website, at the link above, for all to see and comment upon.
SEE THE GRANT PROPOSAL FOR AN URBAN LINEAR HEALTH/HERITAGE TRAIL under "PROPOSALS" tab Submitted September 30, 2017 to AZ Forestry Division for a linear Park.
TIMING FOR THE CENTRAL SEGMENTS and CENTRAL CENTERS (intersections which are commercial) 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:
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