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Tucson City Council moving forward with $600 million renovation of Ronstadt Transit Center

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Posted at 7:36 PM, Oct 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-11 00:12:37-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Tucson City Council unanimously voted to move forward with the proposed $600 million renovation of the Ronstadt Transit Center Thursday night.

The contractors, Peach Properties, say the redevelopment will include a hotel, apartments, a public market, a new transit mall, and a parking garage.

Now, the city council will submit a joint development agreement to the Federal Transit Administration, or FTA. Because it's a transit center, the FTA has to approve the elements.

Once that comes back, Tucson City Council Member Steve Kozachik says, it will probably be another four to five years before people start seeing all the vertical commerical elements go into place.

Kozachik says within the next ten to 24 months, Tucsonans will see a brand new transit center go into place in a new location.

"One of the commitments that we made to the FTA is that we're not only going to rebuild the transit center, but we're going to enhance the transit function. That's not just buses, but it's multi-modal," Kozachik says. He says that includes TUGO bike sharing stations, the streetcar, and ride sharing services.