YUMA, Ariz. – Hotel Del Sol in Yuma may be one step closer on Wednesday to receiving some major changes. Yuma City council members will need to approve an agreement tomorrow that would give The City access to grant money.
The building was once a popular hotel but is now a bus stop. YCAT customer Enrique Conde, described it as “abandoned, and ugly.” And added he is excited to see Hotel Del Sol back in business as a transit center.
It’s located on the corner of Gila Street and 3rd Avenue. The transportation hub there has been a long time coming. Preliminary plans began about 15 years ago. The City Of Yuma owns the building and will work with the Yuma County Intergovernmental Authority to make that happen.
Shelly Kreger, YCIPTA Transit Director says “We can spend the money and revitalize a historic building downtown. There’s so many efforts already to revitalize downtown Yuma, and this just adds to it.”
She says a 1.8 million dollar agreement between the City of Yuma and the transit authority will be up for approval Wednesday night.
“Final design funds for the City of Yuma – that’s what this agreement is for,” Kreger explained.
Once finished, the transit center will serve as a one stop shop — Greyhound, Amtrak, And Y-CAT will all operate out of the building.
Kreger said what will be next if City Council adopts the funding resolution, “We’ll get the final design phase done, apply for the funding for the final 11 million dollars for the renovation of the building.”
Conde says the finished product could attract more business and more visitors to the downtown area and said “It will look better, nice.”