May 10, 2012 8:00 PM
TUCSON - You may have noticed some development happening at the corner of River and Craycroft. It's not without its share of controversy.
Some nearby residents are worried about safety if the development puts a lot more vehicles on the roadway. "To add another 6000 cars by the end of the year, and over the next 4 to 6 years perhaps 15 to 20,000 more average daily trips, would make this excessively dangerous," said Dr. Leah Vliet, spokesperson for Friends of River Craycroft.
The developer, Joseph Cesar, says the plans aren't large enough to make this roadway dangerous. "We wouldn't be developing, nor would the city or county or anyone else, if we were creating something that was not safe," said Cesar.
Vliet also says the city's annexation of the land will shift the cost of road improvements from the city and the developer to the county taxpayers. "Absolutely no truth to it. Just because were part of the city doesn't mean the taxes don't go toward road improvements in the county. That's really kinda foolish," Cesar said.
Some residents say if you build it the people will come, and River and Craycroft are not ready. "Plan ahead for the traffic that's coming, not fix the problem after somebody dies," said Vliet.
The development could take anywhere from 3 to 6 years to complete, if not longer.