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Renovations made to Jacome Plaza in downtown Tucson

Posted at 10:29 PM, Dec 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-08 00:30:14-05

If you've been to downtown Tucson recently you may have noticed to changes to Jacome Plaza. 

The plaza is in front of the Joel D Valdez Main Library and is now the focus of a pilot project through the Downtown Tucson Partnership and the city.

There are chairs and tables designed to be an outdoor office space where people can meet throughout the week. You'll also find games and extra security.

Before the project started, Kathleen Eriksen says about 50 to 60 homeless people stayed in the plaza. Part of the pilot project includes DTP Connects which brings services to the park for those who don't have housing.

Old Pueblo Community Services has a booth set up in the plaza to assist those in need. In November Eriksen says 44 people were connected to shelters.

Other events are planned for the plaza including movies and music on Fridays and a visit from Santa.

The pilot program will continue for another 30 days. Eriksen says if the city likes the changes there could be some kind of memorandum that would allow Downtown Tucson Partnership to take over the space.