Mesa residents input needed for neighborhood project

MESA, AZ - Mesa residents are being asked for their input for plans to improve the Temple/Pioneer Park neighborhood.
The area is considered a forefront of Mesa's urban evolution.   
Linda Stapley, a resident who has lived near the park for the past 30 years, is hoping for a new start.
"The homes are older and we see a lot more lower income rentals," she said.  "We need to see the area get refreshed."
The park lies along light rail construction, and there has been some development along the route.

There is no set date for construction but it is likely to begin in the spring of 2015 and finish in the fall that year.
Light rail construction will also be completed to Mesa Drive in 2015, and to Gilbert Road completed by late 2017 or early 2018.
Some preliminary proposals highlight a light rail plaza and updated park equipment while preserving the historic characteristics of the park.

Last year, Benedictine University opened up its campus in what used to be a vacant hospital, and the school plans further development. According to a school representative, the park will play a big role in the feel of the campus.
The city is relying on several other partnerships in the evolution of the area.
City officials and representatives from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold an open house meeting at the Mesa Public Library in the Saguaro room from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

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