Tucson’s mayor and council unanimously approved a rezoning for a propose El Rio Health facility at 22nd Street and Cherrybell at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2017.

The new new community health center will be built on a parcel of land purchased by El RIo from the City of Tucson. The parcel was originally obtained by the city for the construction of Kino Parkway.

El Rio is currently working with Cypress Civil Development to ensure that the center meets the city’s civil engineering regulations.

“This has been one of the most well-received projects under our belt,” said Matt Stuart of Cypress.

“Projects usually have around 20 notes of adjustments from staff (employees of the city’s Planning and Development Services department), but this project has only 7-8 notes,” said Stuart.

Under state law, builders must notify neighborhood associations of their building plans. According to Stuart, the South Park Neighborhood Association has both approved and encouraged the project.

Sara O’Neill, president of the neighborhood association and resident of 15 years, said “The South Park neighborhood is an underserved and disadvantaged community. Much of the residents are elderly and disabled who would benefit highly from a community health center.”

Further testimonies from residents can be viewed here in the video recording of the city council meeting, starting at 1 hr and 15 minutes.

The health center is set to provide a number of medical services such as dentistry, physical rehabilitation, and general medicine. Construction is expected to start in 30 days.

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