By Ward 5 Councilmember Richard Fimbres
I hope everyone had the happiest of Holiday’s and you have a great 2018. The year ended for Ward 5 with seven nominations for the Metropolitan Pima Alliance Common Ground Awards.

Tucson’s Ward 5 lead the City of Tucson recognitions in the 2017 Metropolitan Pima Alliance (MPA) Common Ground Awards held Friday December 1.

The 13th Annual Common Ground Awards recognized exemplary projects that adhere to MPA’s mission to create a prosperous community by promoting collaborative real estate development policies, building partnerships and finding common ground.

Twenty projects plus four charitable efforts were recognized by MPA. Those within the City of Tucson were: Barrio Hollywood Community Outreach (Ward 1), Caridad Community Kitchen Expansion (Ward 1), City Park Mixed Use Development (Ward 6), Misson Garden (Ward 1), the Proposition 101 – Invest in Tucson Campaign, Ruthrauff Basin Management Plan (Ward 3), Sabino Canyon – Tanque Verde to Kolb Road Airmen Memorial Bridge (Ward 2), Townsend School Redevelopment (Ward 6), Trinity Mixed Used Project (Ward 6) and the UNESCO City of Gastronomy.

Seven projects in Ward 5 were recognized this year by MPA at the Common Ground Awards, including: Epiroc at Atlas COPCO, Sister Jose’s Women’s Center, the Greyhound Terminal Location, the Tucson Marketplace at the Bridges, the Tucson Homeless Work Program, the Tucson Change Movement and the Tucson Homeless Coalition.

These projects in Ward 5 were recognized by MPA for the work that has been accomplished in our Ward and I want to congratulate the honorees on their work and success.

I am so pleased that the work of the South Park, Las Vistas, Pueblo Gardens and Western Hills II neighborhoods and the developers of the Bridges were recognized for their collaboration. The Bridges is a special project bringing neighborhoods and business for the common good of Ward 5, bringing jobs and opportunity and continuing the Renaissance of Ward 5 and the Southside.

The Tucson Homeless Work Program, the Tucson Change Movement and the Tucson Homeless Coalition received a special honor and a financial contribution from MPA and the Common Ground Awards.

The Tucson Homeless Coalition, the Tucson Change Movement and the Tucson Homeless Work Program were three efforts my office developed and created. I am pleased that the Homeless Work Program the collaboration with many non-profits and support of businesses has succeeded in its first year and is being recognized for its ground-breaking approach.