Doug Lingner has a suggestion for how Phoenix might pay for open space in
the South Mountain 620: sell part of South Mountain Park.
At a meeting of the City Council's land use subcommittee last week, the
District 7 councilman mentioned a proposal he'd raised in a meeting with
City Manager Frank Fairbanks and Arizona Department of Transportation
Director Victor Mendez.
If ADOT were to blast through part of South Mountain Park to make room for
the proposed South Mountain Freeway - per the current freeway plan - then
Phoenix could use the money to buy more open space in the city, Lingner said
after the meeting. He suggested part of the South Mountain 620, a pristine
desert expanse just north of Pecos Road in west Ahwatukee Foothills, or
other land in his constituency of Laveen.
if we are talking about something that the preservation folks were not
supportive of . . . my office (is) looking to turn that into a
positive," Lingner said.
Last month, the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board voted unanimously against
allowing the freeway to pass through South Mountain Park.
ADOT officials were quick to back away from Lingner's proposal, saying that
it's up to the city how it spends compensation for its land.