Phoenix may apply for EPA grant to move McCain’s Rio Salado vision forward

INITIAL PRESENTATION: The initial public presentation of the Rio Salado Project took place on March 9., 1967 in the ASU Memorial Union. The presentation boards show the overall master plan, plus the overall topographical model of the 40-mile proposed development concept. (Source: ASU Archives)

By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter

Before U.S. Senator John McCain died in 2018 he was working on a legacy project entailing a large scale revitalization and redevelopment of areas along the Salt River (Rio Salado) from Tempe Town Lake into the West Valley.

Now, the Phoenix City Council is looking to take another step forward with McCain’s Rio Reimagined/Rio Salado Project which has also involved Arizona State University.

The Council is scheduled to vote next Wednesday to seek a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The grant is from the EPA Brownfield program which helps communities assess, clean up and bring sustainable redevelopments to areas like the Rio Salado area.

The 45-mile river runs across multiple cities and has multiple public and private property owners.

McCain’s vision was to clean up lands along the river, have more water flow through its often riverbed and bring new recreation and development.

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November 2019