Phoenix Arizona

Transit center groundbreaking set by quotes

Transit center groundbreaking setThe City of Mesa will officially break ground for the new Sycamore Transit Center, Saturday, January 27, at 9:30 AM. The transit center is located on the northwest corner of Main and Sycamore, just east of Dobson Road.

This facility will serve as Mesa’s transit portal to the high capacity, METRO light rail system. It will provide bus interface connections for several current and future routes including Mesa’s future Bus Rapid Transit Service.

The facility offers an automobile drop-off area, futuristic architecture and design complementing the end-of-the-line station, seven bus bays with shaded pedestrian seating, a double-unit water fountain, information kiosk, bicycle racks and lockers, METRO ticket vending machines, trees, landscaping, and three north/south pedestrian connections to the adjacent 812 space park-and-ride facility scheduled for construction in 2008.

“The design team of OTAK/Architekton developed a beautiful architectural facility which will provide for the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, automobiles, and buses,” Mesa Vice Mayor Claudia Walters said. “This is an exciting opportunity for the community and a continuance of the area’s revitalization.”

Several speakers including: Vice Mayor Walters, Mike Ladino, General Counsel for METRO, Les Presmyk, Board Co-Chair for Valley Metro and Dave Richins, representing the Mesa Grande neighborhood will make comments and be available for one-on-one interviews.

For additional information please contact Mesa Public Information Specialist Bob Huhn, at 480-644-4695. Saturday Bob can be reached at (602- 820)-9568.

Mesa parks improvements — courtesy of Hollywood by quotes

Mesa parks improvements — courtesy of Hollywood

Additional playground equipment and some renovations are in the plans for City of Mesa parks as a result of a donation from NBC Universal, which is shooting a movie in the City.

The motion picture firm, which has been filming “The Kingdom” throughout the Valley this summer, has donated $40,000 to Parks and Recreation for the inconvenience of closing down two miles of the Red Mountain (Loop 202) freeway in northeast Mesa.  The Arizona Department of Transportation allowed the closure, which falls within the Mesa city limits.

Part of the donation will be used on the installation of new playground equipment at a parks basin at 64th Street and Brown Road.  Additional funds will be used on the expansion and renovation of multi-purpose fields at Red Mountain Park, adjacent to Red Mountain High School, off Brown Road, east of Power Road.

The freeway between Higley and Power Roads is scheduled for two additional weekend closures — from 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4, to 5 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 7, and then from 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, to 5 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 14.