Friday, November 02, 2007

Meeting tonight in Oro Valley to discuss Steam Pump Ranch plans

[Source: Danielle Sottosanti, Daily Star] -- Three different plans for developing Steam Pump Ranch into a historic preserve with varying levels of commercial development will be discussed tonight in Oro Valley. The ranch, which Mayor Paul Loomis once called a cornerstone in Oro Valley history, consists of 15 acres off of North Oracle Road, south of Tangerine Road. Consultants Poster Frost Associates Inc. and Sage Landscape Architecture & Environmental Inc. recently presented plans for each scenario to a task force assembled to make a final report to the Oro Valley Historic Preservation Commission and Town Council in April. They will present the same plans at tonight's public meeting, the second of three public meetings scheduled. The third will be held Jan. 10. "The three alternatives will be presented to give residents of Oro Valley ideas about what Steam Pump Ranch could consist of," said Pamela Pelletier, town planner and project manager. "None of the designs are final, and the components of each plan can be incorporated into one ideal plan, but to do this we need public input on the proposals," she said. Each scenario for the historic site looks at the area's history from a different perspective.

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