TUCSON BEING CONSIDERED FOR 2016 U.S. OLYMPIC DIVING TRIALS - Tucson is among six cities under consideration to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic Diving Trials. Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Riverside, Calif., and Greensboro, N.C. are also bidding for the event at which American qualifiers will be selected for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A committee of USA Diving staff and board members will visit each city before selecting finalists on Oct. 21. The evaluation process then will continue with the host city expected to be named in December. From the Republic.
TWO-WAY CONVERSION OF SIXTH AVENUE COMPLETE - Sixth Avenue is now a two-way street. Its last remaining one-way section, between East Drachman and Sixth streets, opened to two-directional traffic yesterday morning. Drivers are being warned to be cautious while driving on Sixth as commuters adjust to the new street configuration. From the Star.
AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: RONSTADT CENTER PLANNING UPDATE - At next week's study session, M&C will review results of the community planning process to establish a development vision and set of goals for a joint, mixed-use/transit development on the Ronstadt Transit Center site and the vacant parcels to the north. The process was conducted by Corky Poster of a local Tucson firm, Poster Frost Mirto. Additionally, City and Sun Tran staff will provide information on Sun Tran’s Comprehensive Operational Analysis that is being conducted this fall, and will discuss the status of the Federal Transit Administration's draft Guidance on Joint Development, which guides future development of the site.
PIMA COUNTY TO CONSIDER RETURNING LANDMARK ELECTRONIC DISPLAY TO DOWNTOWN OFFICE TOWER - For the first two decades of its life, the 20-story building at 32 North Stone Ave, now Pima County's Legal Services Building, was adorned with electrical signage that displayed the current time, temperature, and other messages via a matrix of incandescent bulbs. Due to difficulties maintaining the equipment, the signs went dark a few years after Pima County took ownership of the building in 1987. Demion Clinco of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation is encouraging County officials to consider reviving the landmark by replacing its aging incandescent lights with modern LED displays. The County is looking into costs for this proposal, and Clinco is looking into ways to finance it. One option, he says, would be to sell advertising on the sign. From the Star.
PIMA COUNTY, SOUTH TUCSON REACH AGREEMENT TO SETTLE CITY'S JAIL DEBT - Officials from Pima County and South Tucson have reached an agreement to settle about $1.9M million in fees and interest owed to the County for the detention of prisoners arrested in the small city. The Pima County Administrator will recommend forgiving the interest and another $200,000 subject to a records dispute. South Tucson will agree to repay about $8K per month over the next ten years. From KOLD/KMSB.