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Rezoning OK’d for New SW Tucson Fry’s

By Becky Pallack for the Arizona Daily Star

This vacant lot could have a new Fry’s shopping center in 2013. The store would include a gas station. Photo Credit: Benjie Sanders / Arizona Daily Star

The Pima County Board of Supervisors approved rezoning 30 acres of undeveloped land near Casino del Sol, on the southeast corner of Mark and Valencia roads, for a new Fry’s shopping center Tuesday.

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Evergreen Development Co. plans were held up for months in red tape due to a 5-year-old agreement between Pima County and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Before building permits can be issued, the board will need to approve a special development agreement similar to the 2006 agreement between Pima County and developers of a Walmart at Ajo Way and Kinney Road, a project which has since been put on hold.

Under that agreement, Walmart would pay $20 million for road projects and pay a fee of 2 percent of retail sales, similar to a sales tax, to improve roads and benefit the nearby Tucson Mountain Park, said assistant planning director Chris Poirier.

The fee was estimated at the time to bring in $35 million over 25 years to Pima County.

The Walmart developers didn’t want the agreed-to extra costs to put their future store at a competitive disadvantage, so the agreement also said any other competing retailer within 4 miles would be subject to the same or similar terms, Poirier said.

The full agreement will go to the Board of Supervisors next.

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