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Mesa to unveil plans for Fiesta District makeover

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Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 4:30 pm | Updated: 4:56 pm, Mon Oct 31, 2011.

Mesa residents can get the first look Tuesday at new streetscape plans and a police substation that are supposed to trigger a revival of the struggling Fiesta District.

The city plans a $11.5 million project along Southern Avenue to invite more pedestrians with shade, paths, wider sidewalks and more attractive landscaping. The city has conceptual renderings and will spend the next year working on the specifics, said city spokeswoman Rene Powell.

“They really want to put an emphasis on the pedestrian components and creating a linkage between the major properties and the neighborhoods,” Powell said.

The project would span from the border with Tempe to Extension Road.

Already, the city has replaced street signs to begin rebranding the district.

Construction should begin in early 2013 and take about one year. Funds will come from a road bond and a $1 million federal grant.

Also Tuesday, the city will show conceptual designs for a police substation. The building will follow new design guidelines for the district that are part of the city’s effort to create a unified look for the area. The $9.4 million building will be funded by a bond voters approved in 2008. The city allocated $15 million for the station and has spent $2.5 million to buy the property.

The substation will be built at the northwest corner of Grove Avenue and Westwood, which is the site of the failed Aquaterra luxury condo proposal. The one-year construction project is scheduled to begin in mid-2012.

The city will show project plans 6 p.m. Tuesday at Fiesta Mall, on the upper level between Macy’s and Sears.

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