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Apr 21, 2014 1:11 PM

New law exempts Rio Nuevo from building hotel

TUCSON - A long-troubled downtown Tucson redevelopment district is getting a pass on a state mandate that it build a hotel before it again spends money on other work.

In a move resulting from the wasting of millions of dollars, the state in 2010 imposed an accountability requirement that the Rio Nuevo project move forward with construction of a hotel as originally envisioned.

A bill recently signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer lifts the hotel requirement.

Rio Nuevo chairman Fletcher McCusker calls the Legislature's approval of the bill lifting the requirement a testament to efforts by current Rio Nuevo officials to restore the district's credibility.

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