Bringing Downtown Back to Basics

Project, grant, property owner if applicable, and purpose for grant. Grants listed are from the fifth year of Back to Basics (2002-2003) or are unpaid carryovers from previous years.


Silver Screen
  • Tucson Fox Theatre Foundation: $260,000
  • Nonprofit corp.
  • Roof and marquee and façade for old Star building.
Cold Storage
  • Toole Avenue/Warehouse District: $190,000
  • Arizona Department of Transportation
  • Structural and code upgrades, preservation.
Big Block Store
  • Rialto Block Historic Preservation Project: $150,000
  • Rialto Redux LLC, Doug Biggers
  • Restoration of 1919 sister to Hotel Congress.
  • Main Library Plaza: $100,000
  • City of Tucson
  • Improvements to performance area, seating and farmers market.
  • Public Glassworks Facility Rehab: $97,000
  • Sonoran Art Foundation
  • Ramada with utilities, repair and landscaping.
Good Money After Bad
  • Tucson Convention Center: $66,000
  • City of Tucson
  • Kiosks, landscaping and paint.
Lovely Rita, Meter Maid
  • Tucson Police Downtown: $66,000
  • City of Tucson
  • Electric vehicles, bikes and communications equipment.
  • Johnny Gibson Plaza: $60,000
  • Johnny Gibson family
  • Creating a mall on Sixth Street between Arizona and Sixth avenues. Façade restoration.
  • Armory Park Community Garden: $50,000
  • City of Tucson
  • Garden at senior citizen center.
Rock On
  • Musicland/Chicago Store: $40,000
  • Phil Levkowitz
  • Façade and tile work on one of Tucson's oldest continually operating businesses.


Tear the Roof off the Sucker
  • CO Brown House: $20,000
  • El Centro Cultural del las Americas
  • Emergency repairs to 1850 building.
  • Tophoy Building: $18,500
  • Elaine Paul
  • Restoration including glass, wood sills and window frames, awnings on 1926 building at 210-224 N. Fourth Ave.
A Mirage
  • Stone Avenue shops: $15,500
  • Façade renovation to 1930s and 1940s style.
Sprucing Up
  • Stillwell House: $15,500
  • Restoration work including painting, gates, signs, lampposts at 1901 home, 134 S. Fifth Ave., that is now a meeting and event venue.
Bargain Basement
  • Jacome Home: $15,000
  • Restoration of late 1800s façade, including uncovering "A" Mountain rock foundation at 217 N. Stone Ave.
After 5,763 Years
  • Stone Avenue Temple: $12,000
  • Repair and restoration of deteriorated original exterior features and façade at the first Jewish house of worship in Arizona, 564 S. Stone Ave.
No Tennis
  • North Court Avenue: $7,000
  • Restoration of façade of 1870 building, 317 N. Court Ave., and 100 feet of brick and concrete sidewalk.
Carne Asada
  • El Charro Café: $4,000
  • Flores family
  • Handmade signs and up to six lampposts for 1896 building, 311 N. Court Ave.


Diversity Training
  • Tapestry of Tucson Project: $50,000
  • Expansion of displays, exhibits and murals at Convention Center of various Tucson cultures.
No Rioting
  • North Fourth Avenue façade: $31,000
  • From Ninth Street to University. Boulevard
Sandlot Baseball
  • Franklin Street-Court Avenue: $30,000
  • City improvements to intersection to spur housing and other development on vacant property.
Can It Hold Dillinger?
  • Hotel Congress: $25,300
  • Richard Oseran
  • Exterior improvements including trash enclosure, upgrades to wrought iron fencing around patio.
Electric Avenue
  • Arizona Avenue: $25,000
  • Pedestrian streetscape at 186 E. Broadway Blvd. with a neon-like archway and the promise of some shade.
El Puente de Garces
  • Congress-Broadway pedestrian overpass: $20,000
  • New banner brackets for signs on the walkway.


  • Holiday Lighting: $50,000
  • 1940s-'50s style lights and decorations on Stone between Alameda Avenue and Broadway Boulevard.
Another Brick From the Wall
  • Demolition study at Tucson Children's Museum: $15,500
  • Before a wall can be taken down at the old Carnegie Library, lots of study must occur, according to the city, on "security, lighting, landscape, shade development and pigeon control."
New Crop
  • Tree lighting: $12,000
  • Lights for nearly 70 trees on Congress Street between Fourth and Church Avenues.
Scratch and Sniff
  • Flower pots: $10,000
  • For the plaza at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library and select intersections.
Sientese por favor
  • Patio Furniture: $10,000
  • For the city's public housing high rise, Tucson House, 1501 N. Oracle Road, along with sidewalk improvements.
Pennant race
  • Banners: $7,500
  • For downtown special events.
Gotta Jump?
  • Electric car: $7,000
  • A Global Electric Motorcar for the Purple-People of the Downtown Alliance.
Crank It!
  • Sound Equipment: $5,000
  • Portable sound system for bands, speakers and amplification of recorded music.
Arts 'n Crafts
  • Landscape at Tucson Museum of Art: $4,850
Alley Cats
  • Security lights in downtown alleys: $4,400


Marquee de Sade
  • Rialto: $61,000
  • The Congress Street stepchild to the gilded Fox finally gets clearance this month to cash the $61,000 Back to Basics check the city awarded the concert venue nearly three years ago.
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