By Councilmember Richard Fimbres
It is a welcome sight to see the cars parked at the Costco, Walmart Supercenter and the other stores, such as Mattress Firm, Starbucks and McDonalds, employing more than 600 people at the Tucson Marketplace at the Bridges located at Kino and I-10 in Ward 5. Consumers are stopping at the Culver’s at the Bridges for meals. Culver’s employs 60 people from the surrounding neighborhoods.
I want to give a special thanks to several neighborhood members: Willie Blake of Western Hills, James Christopher, Cindy Ayala, Bernice Vanover Willie Bean and Bette Trahan of Pueblo Gardens, Maggie Gerring, Pat Garcia, Sara O’Neil and Shirley Hockett of the South Park, and Betty Liggins and Charlotte Cruz of Las Vistas/Sunland Gardens for their work with the developers on the Bridges Project at Kino and I-10, turning an open space filled with garbage and furniture to the shopping center we know and use.
The Renaissance of Ward 5 isn’t limited to just one shopping center.
VXI Tucson, located by the Tucson Airport had expanded their workforce to more than 500, as well as Shared Services Medical Billing, who opened in 2015 and expanded their work force.
The first two Quik Trips in Tucson and Pima County were built in Ward 5, employing more than 20 people.
Thanks to the changes I brought forward to the Certificate of Occupancy, old buildings could be refurbished and reused, as was done by Goodwill Industries for two locations in Ward 5, employing more than 30 people.
Curacao continues its operations in the Southgate Shopping Center, employing more than 200.
APAC Pharmaceutical continues the operations in Ward 5 with more than 100 employees.
Creative Machines moved into Ward 5, expanding their workforce, making the beautiful artwork they are known for.
It is great to see the finished HomeGoods Distribution Center in Ward 5 that will be employing 400 people this year.
Fed-Ex Ground has built their hub just east of the HomeGoods Distribution Center and will expand their workforce by five fold, to 200.
CAID Industries has expanded three times since 2011 and Modular Mining doubled the size of their workforce at their world headquarters, located in Ward 5.
Soon there will be a 14 screen Cinemark Theater, as well as a Dave and Busters, Lin’s Buffet, Planet Fitness, to name a few of the many openings we will see.
Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild has referred to Ward 5 “as the economic hub for the City.” It is something we work hard for and continue to do so in 2016 and will see the continued growth.
Since taking office, more than 3,000 jobs have been created in the Ward 5 area for residents and people across our great city.
The opening and expansion of businesses, jobs being created gives Ward 5 more opportunities in terms of living, working and raising a family.
All this from Ward 5, generates sales taxes and revenues that go to the city to provide the core services families and neighborhoods expect and need for all of Tucson.
We celebrated the completion of the 22nd Street, Kino Boulevard overpass. The work is done and this project is another part of the Renaissance of Ward 5, a work still in progress.