Funds for Hotel Del Sol transit center to be discussed at Yuma City Council meeting

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 saidIt will look better, nice.”

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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