TUCSON, Ariz. — The City of Sierra Vista is holding two open houses Wednesday on the Fry Blvd. Improvement project.
The Fry Blvd. Improvement Project is a long planned project to create a downtown space for the city. This starts with the City redesigning the section of West Fry Boulevard between South Carmichael Avenue and North Garden Avenue using the "Complete Streets" approach.
This will reduce Fry Blvd. from five lanes to one lane on each side with a turning lane, reduce the speed limit and add more pedestrian friendly walkways.
The construction phase funding budgeted is $2.35 million. All funds for the project are transferred to the City, where it is budgeted under Streets Infrastructure.
The city wants the project to help with economic development in Sierra Vista by attracting new businesses and residents to create a downtown space for the community.
"For people who haven't been to Sierra Vista, the question always is where is your downtown and the way Sierra Vista developed it just kind of spilled out into the desert," City of Sierra Vista Marketing and Public Affairs Manager Judy Hector said. "We don't really have a downtown per say, so we're really hoping to create a downtown gathering community area in our oldest part of town."
Both meetings will be held at the Sierra Suites Hotel, 391 E. Fry Blvd., in Sierra Vista. The first meeting will be from 1 to 3 p.m. and the second from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Attendees can drop in at anytime during the meetings.