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Tucson Aims to Annex Rio Verde Village

Source: Arizona Daily Star

To the dismay of many neighbors, the city is moving rapidly on a proposal to annex and rezone land at River and Craycroft roads for a seven-story hotel and other commercial development.

The development, called Rio Verde Village, would include 23 acres of shops, restaurants, a hotel, offices and parking, plus a gas station and school, which are already under construction. Homes and an assisted-living center are planned for an adjacent 17 acres.

Construction is already underway on a QT convenience store on the southeast corner of Craycroft and River roasd. Across the intersection, Basis Tucson North, a public charter school for grades five through 12 is readying for an August opening for 800 students and 47 teachers.

Even though more improvements will be required as the project evolves, owner Broadway Realty and Trust is paying for improvements to the intersection. New turn lanes are being constructed and the traffic signal upgraded to accommodate the increased traffic.

Neighbors are concerned about the density of the future development the new zoning may allows. The hotel and assisted-living center are labeled on conceptual site maps as three stories, but the requested zoning would allow up to seven stories.

A three-part zoning examiner’s public hearing concluded Thursday. The meeting was quiet but contentious, with both sides whispering and shaking their heads about the other’s comments.

The city zoning examiner will issue a preliminary report this week and a final report next week. The City Council plans to vote on the annexation and zoning on June 5.

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