The City of Tucson and Ward 5 were honored this past Friday, November 30 at the 2012 Metropolitan Pima Alliance (MPA) Common Ground Awards ceremony with wins for the City of Tucson Land Use Code Simplification Project, Valencia Crossing Development Project and for the Toole Avenue Streetscape. The University of Arizona Baseball Team moving to Hi Corbett Field received a special award of distinction by MPA.

MPA’s Common Ground recognizes community leaders, projects and events with successful collaboration for the overall benefit of the community. 

Ward 5 Councilmember Richard Fimbres, who was at the event said, “I want to congratulate Ernie Duarte, Adam Smith and Jim Mazocco for their work and being honored for the City of Tucson LUC Simplification Project. This effort will make it easier to develop a project within the City of Tucson.”

Fimbres went on to commend City Manager Richard Miranda and Parks and Rec Director Fred Gray, who worked on the effort to have the U of A Baseball Team play their home games in Hi Corbett Field. Fimbres also commended all City staff who were involved with the TPD Police Crime Lab, the Luis Gutierrez Bridge, the U of A Tech Park, delivery of CAP Water to Tucson and Oro Valley, finalists for Common Ground Awards, as well As the Downtown Tucson Partnership Toole Avenue Streetscape.

The Valencia Crossing Project located in Ward 5, was honored with a Common Ground Award for Planning Design and Construction.

“I want to congratulate Robert Morken Sr. and Robert Morken Jr. of Terramar Properties for their hard work and commitment to Valencia Crossing,” Councilmember Fimbres said. “It has been a pleasure working with them on this project and look forward to future success for Valencia Crossing. I also want to thank those from the Planning Center who worked on Valencia Crossing to bring it to a successful conclusion.”

“I also want to thank Mr. Byron Howard, whose last project before his retirement from the Annexation Department was Valencia Crossing. Without Byron’s work, Valencia Crossing would still only be a plan,” Fimbres went on to say.

Bring Back the Splash, another initiative brought forward by Ward 5, was also a finalist for a Common Ground Award, for which Councilmember Fimbres thanked Mr. Rick Stertz, Doug Martin of Good News Radio Broadcasting, Crissy Perham and Fred Gray for their work. More than $100,000 was raised through this effort to open six swimming pools which had been closed due to budget cuts.

Fimbres expressed his appreciation for his colleagues on the Mayor and Council for their support of Bring Back the Splash and Valencia Crossing through their affirmative votes, as well as for the Land Use Code and getting the U of A baseball team to play their home games at Hi Corbett Field, for which the team won the NCAA National Championship.