CITY BUSINESS INCENTIVES TRANSFORMING DOWNTOWN - On Tuesday M&C voted to move forward on property tax incentives for The Cadence, a mixed-use student housing development at Congress and Toole, under the City's GPLET (Government Property Lease Excise Tax) program. If approved, The Cadence will become the city's second GPLET project to get underway. Last month, the council approved a GPLET for One East Broadway, a mixed use project under construction at Broadway and Stone. Additionally, a partnership between Peach Properties and Holualoa Companies is awaiting final GPLET approval on its redevelopment of the Armory Park Apartments at 12th St. and Fifth Ave. And developer Scott Stiteler has applied for GPLET incentives on the Rialto Block and a proposed hotel project. From Inside Tucson Business. Read the City's info page on Central Business District and its incentive programs here.
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE FEATURES TUCSON AS HIP TRAVEL DESTINATION - Tucson is skewing younger and hipper with coffeehouses, restaurants, shops and an artists' neighborhoods, writes Janis Cooke Newman in her profile this week of Tucson. She features the Dunbar-Spring Neighborhood, the Center for Creative Photography, BICAS, Barrio Anita, and more, in a travel feature titled, "Hip Little Tucson Heats Up." From the San Francisco Chronicle.
AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: ESTABLISHING AN ACCESS TO CARE TAX - At the request of the City Manager, an item has been placed on next Tuesday's M&C Study Session to discuss creating an access to care tax, a hospital tax that would allow Tucson's hospitals to draw down federal Medicaid funds. A state law passed in 2011 gives municipalities the authority to pursue federal matching funds through this type of mechanism. The City of Phoenix recently adopted an similar ordinance. Under the Phoenix ordinance, costs may not be shifted to patients, health plans or the City. The proposed program will help local hospitals alleviate the fiscal impact of the uncompensated care they provide. Read the M&C memo here.
MAY IS BUILDING SAFETY MONTH - The City of Tucson Planning and Development Services Department will be observing May as Building Safety Month. Founded by the International Code Council (ICC), Building Safety Month (BSM) is celebrated by jurisdictions worldwide. Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign offered each year to help individuals, families and businesses understand how their local building code officials help the community to create safe and sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code administration, and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system. News release from Planning & Development Services here.
REMINDER: MENLO PARK CELEBRATION TOMORROW - Neighborhood residents, officials from the City of Tucson and Pima County, and community partners will gather tomorrow morning at the Menlo Park Plaza to celebrate the Menlo Park Neighborhood Revitalization Project. The project includes new park amenities, transportation improvements, safety improvements, and environmental sustainability improvements. The project was paid for with funding from a combination of county bonds, city bonds, CDBG, Back to Basics, and other funding sources. The celebration starts at 10 a.m. Read the news release from Parks & Rec here.