Downtown Development/Transportation Updates

Here are two PowerPoint presentations from the City on the Infill Incentive District and Transit-Oriented Development. These both have a major impact on our neighborhood. For those who are interested, there will be a Transit-Oriented Development presentation at the Armory Park Center on Friday, March 18, 5-7 PM.

The Infill Incentive District update: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/files/pdsd/boards-committees-commissions/PRS/March2022/IID_Update_Presentation_-_3.10.22.pdf

The Transit-Oriented Development presentation: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/files/pdsd/boards-committees-commissions/PRS/March2022/eTOD_overview_pres_3-10-22.pdf

375 S Stone Ave Rezoning Proposal

There will be a Neighborhood Meeting Tuesday, November 30 at 6:00 PM to hear about the proposed mixed-use project at 375 S Stone Ave and adjoining properties. The meeting’s physical location will be All Saints’ School at 415 S 6th Ave. The meeting will also be available virtually at https://arizona.zoom.us/j/84743521961

APNA/APHZAB Board Meetings/ Elections November 9!

APNA and APHZAB are each holding a meeting Tuesday at 6:30. See the ZOOM link at the end of this article.

APNA has three main items this month:

1. Presentation by Peach Properties for their proposal for properties that include the old Casa Vicente Restaurant and parking lot (375 S. Stone), the old All Saints Church on the west side of 6th Ave. at 14th St., the old religious education building on the east side of 6th Ave. at 14th St. and the old rectory on the NE corner of 6th Ave. and 15th St. We will have 15 minutes to hear their proposal. Please save your questions for their presentation to the neighborhood and general public that they will announce.

2. Nomination for APNA Officers and beginning of their election. At this meeting we will have the slate presented by the elections committee and take nominations from the floor. All nominations will be entered into the ballot and sent to all members of APNA so they can vote. Please see the email by Vice President Liz Burden for more details of how this will work.

3. Green Infrastructure Committee Report. As promised, the Green Infrastructure Committee will present on future tree trimming in the neighborhood. Please sign in to the meeting to hear the proposal for how to harmoniously have our trees and vegetation pruned correctly and will respect to property owners and pedestrian rights.

The Armory Park Historic Zone Advisory Board will have a short meeting at the start of the APNA meeting.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81404567629?pwd=dU82b2hSY094MStEWjJlMk05eHlkdz09

Proposed CBD Expansion

This morning the following was posted on the Armory Park listserv:

You have seen some discussion here about the City’s intent to expand the Central Business District (CBD) in Armory Park, prompted by Martha’s email. Yesterday your APNA Board of Directors approved a response to the related Findings of Conditions Report and expansion of the CBD within Armory Park. Both are attached as PDF documents.

The report’s statements of conditions within Armory Park are grossly inaccurate. The adjectives slum and blighted were applied to the entire proposed expansion area, including the Stone/6th Avenue corridor within Armory Park. These labels were legally essential to expand the CBD and permit the generous tax relief which can help large property development. Since there are no large vacant properties in the AP CBD area, demolition will be required to construct large developments. The CBD is the foundation for large subsidized property developments. They may take many years to appear. In Armory Park, first settled in the 1870s, we must take the long view.

At the public Zoom meeting last Wednesday, I was told that the report was not subject to rebuttal because it was merely a “finding of facts”. Our only option, the staff attorney said, would be to ask the Mayor and Council to reject the report. That effort begins today.

In the current post factual world, it is not surprising to learn of a factual report which is not factual. Nevertheless, we cannot allow these characterizations of our neighborhood to go unchallenged. The organization responsible for the report, the Office of Economic Initiatives, prepared the report and it is not hard to imagine in what direction their bias might lie. Had they consulted others, the bias might have been less prominent. APNA was not consulted or informed before the report was published. This is poor staff work at best or manipulation at worst. Mayor and Council should be embarrassed by the poor staff work. We can hope that the City Manager will be called to account.

There is another public meeting by Zoom at 11 this morning. I expect it will be another PR event but I will still participate. John Burr and I will represent the APNA position but don’t expect any change to result. If things go as expected, our first approach to Mayor and Council will happen this afternoon.

Public pressure is the only means likely to change the situation at this late date. Other residential neighborhoods are also being wrapped into the expanded CBD. If you have contacts in any of them, please alert them to the danger for their communities.

Cheers,
Ken Taylor

APNA Response to Findings of Conditions Report v3a

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Want to Know What’s Happening at the Casa Vicente Lot?

Find out Tuesday night October 1 at 5:30 PM at Saint Andrew’s Parish Hall. The developer’s presentation will be followed by a special meeting of the Armory Park Historic Zone Advisory Board.

Here’s the invitation from Lazarus, Silvyn & Bangs, PC: Neigh Mtg Notice10-01-19

375 S Stone Ave Development Meeting 6/22/19

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This Saturday at 9:00 AM come see what’s planned for the southeast corner of S Stone Ave and E 14th St! The meeting will be OUTSIDE in the existing parking lot at 375 S Stone Ave.

The developer will present the proposal for a 4-story mixed use building to include 28 one- and two-bedroom condominiums, the relocated Casa Vicente restaurant, and a parking lot.

For info, please contact Bill Mackey at 520-664-4847 or bill@workerincorporated.com