Councilman wants alternative for freeway - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Localnews

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Councilman wants alternative for freeway

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 11:00 pm

It may be too little too late, or it could be the perfect win-win-win, either way, Councilman Sal DiCiccio thinks that Arizona should make a good faith offer to the Gila River Indian Community to consider allowing the South Mountain Loop 202 on tribal land before construction begins along Pecos Road.

DiCiccio has formed a committee of local residents to lobby for a "concrete" proposal to GRIC for building the now scaled-back eight-lane freeway south of Pecos and around South Mountain instead of through it.

“At the end of the day, if the Gila’s say no, at least we’ll have offered them something concrete,” DiCiccio said.

He said the problem with Arizona and the tribe has been one of culture. Arizona thinks along the lines of acres needed for a freeway and dollars per acre.

But DiCiccio said that land is a precious commodity to the tribe and not something to sell or give away lightly.

“If land is an extension of their body, you need to give them back more than you take,” DiCicico said.

His proposal, which is still in the infant stages, includes:

Working to resolve the issue of heavy truck traffic on 51stAvenue that cuts through the Komatke community and has been a sore point with the Gila River Indian Community for years. Land swaps with the tribe, which could include Bureau of Land Management acreage in the Estrella Mountains on the west side of the reservation, in return for acreage for the proposed freeway, as well as other parcels the tribe needs. “The Gila’s have been maligned, but nobody has made a good faith proposal,” said DiCiccio, who hopes to broker a deal that costs less than the current $1.9 billion price tag, and ends up solving the needs of Ahwatukee Foothills residents as well as Gila River Indian Community members.

For more information, see the Ahwatukee Foothills News Oct. 9 or visit http://www.ahwatukee.com">www.ahwatukee.com.

More about

More about

More about

  • Discuss

Today's must-reads: June 23

Last Updated by As British voters decide whether to remain in the European Union, NPR looks at the similarities between that choice and the pr…

Published: June 25, 2016 - 9:43 am @ http://www.pbs.org/election2016/blogs/blog/2016/06…

Western wildfires still rage, but some progress being made

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters battling fires raging through Western states are contending with weather and human interference, but some prog…

Published: June 25, 2016 - 9:24 am @ http://bigstory.ap.org/article/6146c3b3e5e94220a1a…

Chandler neighborhood demanding action after home overrun with feral cats

CHANDLER, AZ - A Chandler neighborhood is demanding action after several feral cats have begun to multiply. Finely manicured lawns and nice la…

Published: June 25, 2016 - 9:23 am @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-southeast-valley/…

Arizona DPS trooper crashes into wrong-way driver on purpose

FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona Department of Public Safety officials say a trooper purposefully crashed into a wrong-way driver on a hig…

Published: June 25, 2016 - 8:13 am @ http://www.12news.com/news/local/valley/arizona-dp…

LeBlanc: Coyotes have chosen site for new arena

TEMPE, Ariz. — Coyotes president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said Thursday afternoon that the team has chosen a site for its new arena and is work…

Published: June 25, 2016 - 8:12 am @ http://arizonasports.com/story/709720/leblanc-coyo…

Flower Festival offering variety of cuisines

The culinary offerings are often among the most anticipated aspects of the annual Flower Festival, and this year is no different. More than tw…

Published: June 25, 2016 - 8:12 am @ http://lompocrecord.com/news/local/flower-festival…

JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

I was once at a media event where we introduced ourselves around the table by telling the group what our favorite Arizona summer pastime was. …

Published: June 25, 2016 - 7:12 am @ http://www.writeonrubee.com/arizona/2016/jw-marrio…

Phoenix Suns select Dragan Bender in 2016 NBA Draft

The Phoenix Suns went international with their top selection in the NBA Draft, choosing 7-foot-1 power forward Dragan Bender from Croatia with…

Published: June 25, 2016 - 7:12 am @ http://arizonasports.com/story/705982/phoenix-suns…

Phoenix Suns trade up, take Washington forward Marquese Chriss with No. 8 pick in 2016 NBA Draft

The Phoenix Suns traded their No. 13 and 28 overall NBA Draft picks, a 2020 second-round pick and international forward Bogdan Bogdanovic to t…

Published: June 25, 2016 - 7:10 am @ http://www.abc15.com/sports/sports-blogs-local/pho…

Immigrant rights activists vow to keep fighting after Supreme Court deadlock

Rosa Maria Soto ached to visit her dying mother in Sonora, Mexico, one final time. But family members worried that the immigrant rights activi…

Published: June 25, 2016 - 7:12 am @ http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-court-…

Facebook

ahwatukee.com on Facebook

Twitter

ahwatukee.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to ahwatukee.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px

Most Popular

Online poll

Loading…