In Tucson, there’s an area west of the Santa Cruz River that never got its start. The city has, on numerous occasions, pushed for a major facelift of this plot, anything from tourism landmarks, to homes or businesses, but nothing has found the right traction. At the moment, this site is the location of two major landfills that have been in operation for sixty years. A consultant hired by the city of Tucson will spend a couple months evaluating the location and working with the city to formulate a plan of attack that helps this land better serve residents and visitors alike. Cleaning up the landfills responsibly is a big focus.

Specifically, this consultant will try to find a way to make 27 acres of the area able to be developed in the near future.  There is an intended location already set for the Tucson Origins Heritage Park that never came to fruition due to lack of funds. Those from the city who hired the consultant are hoping to do a lot with this land, assuming they get the go ahead this time around. Given that these landfills have only been taking municipal waste since their creation, those worried about a costly cleanup can rest easily barring any surprises. But everything hinges on the consultant’s findings from the area.

The Menlo Park Neighborhood Association (the land is lumped in with that neighborhood at the moment) has a plan to bring “green” buildings to the area while keeping the architecture and landscaping consistent with what you’d find in Tucson. The association views this consultant coming in to look at the land as a positive, at least for the time being. However, they are cautious as this isn’t the first time the plot has been said to be getting a makeover. Can’t be counting chickens before they hatch, after all.

While the waste that we’re talking about is not considered to be hazardous material, it is still imperative that the cleanup effort is done safely and without disturbing the people living near the landfills either. It can be a tricky situation to get rid of that much refuse and make sure the lives of those in the area are not negatively impacted. It would be great to see this land turned into something benefiting the city, whether that means residential, commercial, or tourism uses.

We’ll keep you posted on this story as more develops. We are optimistic about the potential to bring new life to these landfills, especially with the Menlo Park Neighborhood Association suggesting the use of “green” buildings. Bettering the city and the environment at the same time – we can’t think of a better goal to have.