What now for Rio Nuevo in TucsonPosted: Updated:
It was the vote that is still resonating across Tucson. With seven "Ayes," a unanimous vote, the Tucson City Council shot down a proposed convention center hotel.
The question now is, what can we build?
A 7-0 vote killed the controversial convention center hotel project. Now, the dust is settling and both parties are ready to move forward.
Wednesday, it was all smiles at the Rio Nuevo board meeting. They got back to work with one goal in mind, "The question is how do we maintain Tucson as as southwest jewel?"
Councilman Steve Kozachik, one of the hotel's most outspoken critics, already put forth has a few ideas.
"Some boutique hotels, lower price points, that kind of thing, facade work, infrasture that we can put in place," said Councilman Kozachik.
Both Rio Nuevo and the city agree the hotel's been a distraction for the last three years, a bump in the road thats prevented progress in downtown Tucson.
But the coined "Hotel from Hell" is gone, and Kozachik thinks its a unique opportunity for the Rio Nuevo board.