Toole Avenue Rehab Project Wins Award

December 5, 2012

Downtown Tucson Partnership accepted the 2012 Metropolitan Pima Alliance “Common Ground” Award for Revitalization in a ceremony Friday.

The Toole Avenue Rehab Project was a collaboration among 20 community groups, raising over $100,000 in cash and in-kind contributions, and mobilizing over 120 volunteers to landscape and artscape Toole Avenue in the Historic Warehouse Arts District. Key partners in the effort were Norris Design (Stacey Weaks, RLA, LEED AP), the Warehouse Arts Management Organization (WAMO), and the City of Tucson.

Michael Keith, CEO of the Downtown Tucson Partnership, said, “We had turned the corner with the Historic Warehouse Arts District, and had actually achieved the goal of an arts district with an active artist-run management organization at the helm.”  Keith continued, “We as a community needed to celebrate our arts district, which we did by making the street more inviting to people coming to experience the arts.”

The City of Tucson played a major role in the rehab project. Out-going Transportation Director Jim Glock organized repaving of the sidewalks and installing concrete planters, and City Manager Richard Miranda helped volunteers with tiling planters and installing trees.

“We were glad to be able to bring all these resources together,” said Keith. “It was a wonderful day for our urban center.”

MPA’s Common Ground recognizes community leaders, projects and events with successful collaboration for the overall benefit of the community. The event, held at Westward Look on November 30, 2012, was attended by 280 people including the Mayor and other dignitaries from the City of Tucson.

The Downtown Tucson Partnership is a non-profit, 501(c)(6) corporation committed to making Downtown Tucson the most dynamic urban center in the Southwest.