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.