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  • NR2.09 5 Points Business Coalition

    Total Actual Cost: $500,015
    Project Number: CCD.NR4052
    Funding Sources: 2004 General Obligation Bonds
    Completion Date: August 2019 
    Managing Dept.: Project Management Office
    Project Map: GIS Map

    The purpose of this project is to provide an artistic gateway feature to complement the multi-street intersection known as Five Points.  Designed through the combined efforts of four neighborhoods – Barrio Viejo, Barrio Santa Rosa, Santa Rita Park, Armory Park – and the Five Points Business Coalition, this project captures the history, culture and community spirit of the people living and working immediately next to downtown Tucson.  This beautification project complements roadwork along 6th Avenue as completed by the City of Tucson and was developed through significant community input from many residents and businesses. 

    Project elements include a bronze sculpture of César Chávez created by local artist Luis Gustavo Mena; bollards to protect the statue from traffic; lighting for the statute; and five steel archways over each of the roadways that make up 5 Points.  Each arch will be mounted on concrete pedestals. Ten bronze plaques, two for each arch, feature history and culture of each neighborhood. Lighting will be included in each arch.

    Funding sources include Pima County 2004 General Obligation Neighborhood Reinvestment Bond Program, Arizona Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, and City of Tucson Department of Transportation.  The City of Tucson coordinated project construction and will maintain it after completion.  The Drachmann Institute at the University of Arizona was instrumental in the neighborhoods’ efforts to develop the artistic design.

    While the Pima County Bond Funds have been used mostly for the purchase, fabrication and installation of steel components, the overall project will not be completed until early 2020.  The neighborhoods’ original proposal for county bonds was changed from a street improvement project to a gateway project.  Although the project timeline (over 8 years) exceeded everyone’s expectations, the result will remain a landmark for generations to enjoy.
    Cesar Chavez sculpturearea map