Pima County has reached a tentative agreement to purchase 286 acres in the Tucson Mountain Foothills for $7.5 million, pending approval of the Board of Supervisors. The deal also requires the city of Tucson’s acquiescence to a 2004 open space bond amendment reallocating funds to cover part of the payment.
The county has long sought the Painted Hills property, first attempting to acquire it with money allocated in the 1997 bond election. That money ended up acquiring a smaller parcel nearby. The county tried again in 2004 with open space acquisition funds from that year’s bond election but again was unsuccessful.
The property is wedged between Speedway Boulevard to the north and Anklam Road to the south, a couple of miles west of Pima Community College’s West Campus. A southeastern spur of the Painted Hills parcel along Anklam Road is near the historic 23-acre Mary Henderson property, which the county acquired from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum a few years ago.