Members of the Tucson City Council are expected to soon be tasked with voting up or down on a project that has divided many residents: the building of a housing project that could see the construction of nearly three dozen new homes.
The project is proposed for the intersection of N. Houghton Road and E. Tanque Verde Road in the exclusive Tanque Verde section of the city, some 16 miles to the northeast of downtown Tucson.
To go up on currently vacant desert land in the vicinity of already-established suburban neighborhoods, the project will be different from most of the homes in the area in that it will see the construction of one- and two-story single-family structures rather than the more classic Arizona sprawling suburban ranch home.
The project has sparked the opposition of the local Tanque Verde Trails Homeowners Association, but this summer also secured the support of City of Tucson staff, according to a report.
That report noted that the project, on a just under 12-acre site, would see the building of one home per 2.9 acres.
The project is being represented by the Tucson-based Projects, International, on behalf of the owner, New Era LLC.
Long in the talking and public meeting stage, the project was originally envisioned as being made up of 86 townhomes, an idea that, notes the city report, “met with substantial public opposition.”
By Garry Boulard
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