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Ventana incentive on council agenda

Progress possible at Naranja Town Site

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Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 11:00 pm

The Oro Valley Town Council plans to discuss possible economic incentives for a major local employer on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

Ventana Medical Systems' parent company, Switzerland-based Roche, has announced plans to add 500 positions and expand its Rancho Vistoso facility.

The town council plans to vote on an incentive package that would effectively rebate Ventana up to $1 million in development impact fees.

In other business, the council could make a decision to move forward with a proposal to build recreation facilities at the Naranja Town Site using a portion of a $250,000 donation Walmart made to the town in 2007.

The money was given on the condition that it be used for construction of park facilities at the site.

The proposal before the council on Wednesday would give the go-ahead to study construction of an 18-hole disc golf course, an archery park and to fund landscaping improvements at the site.

If the council approves, town parks and recreation staffers would move forward with landscaping improvements using $16,000 of the donated funds.

The town also would work with community groups interested in donating time and money to help with the efforts.

At the time Walmart donated the money, the town had completed a proposal for the 114-acre site on Naranja Drive between First Avenue and La Cañada Drive.

The plan called for construction of an extensive park with ball fields, courts and numerous other amenities.

In 2008, Oro Valley voters were asked to approve a bond program to fund construction of the park. Passage of the bond would have required a local secondary property tax to pay the costs of the $48.6 million park plan.

Voters rejected the bond plan and the property remains undeveloped today.

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