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Controversy over proposed building near UArizona neighborhoods

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Posted at 2:10 PM, Mar 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-02 08:58:04-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The Rincon Heights Neighborhood Association is speaking out about a proposed development that would put a 14-story-building right in their backyard.

Former president Colby Henley says they aren't against some retail stores or even a hotel, but he says the developer's plans for the area around Sixth and Campbell are overblown.

“We’d like to see something more on scale with the neighborhood, not something that looms over houses 200 feet away,” he said.

Henley says they would like to see affordable housing included in any development of the area.

“When you give a rezoning to a developer you are really writing them a check. It increases the value of the land tremendously. So that developer should add something of value to the area and the community as a whole," he said.

KGUN9 reached out to the people behind the proposal today, Scott Cummings Properties and CDG Architects, and have not yet heard back.

The University of Arizona has stated interest in a high-quality development on the corner, but has said the neighbors' input should be considered. Below is a letter to city council on the subject.

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