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  • Supervisors approve land sale that will benefit Ajo and Kino neighborhoods, commercial district

    Sep 18, 2018 | Read More News
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    The BridgesThe Pima County Board of Supervisors Sept. 18 unanimously approved selling at auction a portion of a County-owned parcel located at Kino Parkway and 36th Street. Tucson Electric Power is expected to purchase the property for a power substation. Proceeds from the sale will be used to construct an open space park. The substation will stabilize power provision in this growing area of the city. 

    The County plans to sell 5.16-acres of the property for a minimum of $1.435 million. The entire County-owned parcel spans 20 acres. The remaining 15 or so acres will be used for the park. TEP has agreed to also pay for 10 years maintenance costs for the park, which will be rolled into the purchase. 

    The proposed TEP substation would serve the surrounding area, which includes several neighborhoods and the growing Tucson Marketplace at The Bridges, a large retail complex that includes Wal-Mart, Costco, a multi-plex theater and dozens of retail shops and restaurants. It would also serve The UA Tech Park at The Bridges, a mixed-used development that will feature UA-associated research labs and biotech incubators, plus residential areas. 

    TEP has determined a new substation would provide greater capacity and allow for the decommission of up to three of the substations that currently serve the area. The substation also will improve power provision along the Ajo corridor between Kino Parkway and Country Club, which includes numerous Pima County buildings and departments, the Kino Sports Complex and Banner University Medical Center South Campus. 

    “This is a win-win-win for the community,” said Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. “The community gets a needed park, TEP gets a needed substation, and the growing area gets stable power provision. Plus, it will help the University of Arizona develop The Bridges Tech Park, which will be a significant asset to the regional economy.” 

    The new neighborhood park will be mostly open space and will feature ramadas and picnic tables, walking trails, security lights and fencing and “wildlife drinkers,” which will attract birds and other wild critters to the park.