Neighborhood Tree Planting Project

Have you been taking more walks in the neighborhood than ever before because covid’s got your cooped up? Can you believe it is still in the 90s in November? After the hottest summer on record no less! Well…Armory Park has a wonderful opportunity for you to join in and try to beat the heat, green our streets and take a stab at climate change by planting street trees!


WHAT: Armory Park is partnering with Trees for Tucson to do a one-day tree planting project.

WHO: Residents can have a tree (or three) planted out front of their house along the sidewalk and/or help volunteer to plant trees! We also need volunteers to help get out the word.

Click here to learn more about the project and order a tree.
Click here to sign up to volunteer (flyering or tree planting).


GOAL: We hope to plant 60 trees on planting day with 30 volunteers. Will you join us??

November Treasurer’s Report

The Treasurer’s Report for October was approved at the November Board meeting and can be viewed at this link: 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Owa_peJ1xDICUZWFn1IPchMMBiNpPy8F/view?usp=sharing

This month’s report is filed in a new storage site at APNA’s new G-Suite account. If you have any difficulty viewing it, please contact Ken Taylor (tech@armoryparktucson.org). 

Donna Taylor
Treasurer

There’s More to Armory Park Than Historic Architecture

Check out this article from the Arizona Star on life in Armory Park:

https://tucson.com/news/local/theres-more-to-tucsons-armory-park-neighborhood-than-historic-architecture/article_fbe6a09e-b73d-5d2f-a898-52937ed2b0dd.html

Here’s a video of the article: www.azpm.org/p/azillhome/2020/11/8/183654-favorite-places-armory-park/

Pima County Health Department Adding New COVID-19 Testing Site Downtown

Pima County Health Department and Downtown Tucson Partnership have teamed up to provide free COVID-19 testing to individuals who work, live, and play downtown.

The new Downtown Tucson Testing Center will be located at 88 E Broadway Blvd., on the southwest corner of Broadway Blvd. and Sixth Ave. Testing will begin Friday October 16th from 10AM to 2PM every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Those seeking testing can register without an appointment on-site OR by appointment at www.pima.gov/covid19testing

While the new site is free and open to anyone, planners from the Health Department and Downtown Tucson Partnership are hopeful that the site will serve as an ideal and convenient place for downtown employers to direct employees for testing should they have any symptoms of COVID-19. 

“Quick and accessible testing is a key factor in helping businesses protect their employees and patrons as the pandemic continues,” said Health Department Director Dr. Theresa Cullen. “We want to do all that we can to support businesses as they get back on their feet.”

The testing is being conducted by Paradigm Laboratories via their mobile testing unit. Results will be available in 72 hours or less and can be accessed through Paradigm’s easy to use online portal.

Tucson Electric Power has graciously offered the former MiAn Sushi retail and patio space for a socially distant patient registration and waiting area.

To learn more about COVID-19 in Pima County, visit http://www.pima.gov/covid19. More information about the Downtown Tucson Partnership can be found online at DowntownTucson.org

APNA Board Election Coming

A message from APNA President David Bachmann-Williams:

Our annual elections for the board of directors are next month and we’re looking for four people who are willing to help keep the neighborhood a great place to live.  Plan on allowing about two hours for the monthly meetings, plus whatever additional time you’re willing to spend on areas of interest to you.  Officer positions do require more of a commitment.  There’s always a need for help with special projects such as helping neighbors maintain a safe walkway, occasional neighborhood clean-ups, and, when life returns to whatever the new normal will be, planning social events which draw neighbors together.  
Please let me know if you are interested, or if you would like more information by emailing me at davidbedub@gmail.com.

Downtown Ready to Reopen!

The Downtown Merchant’s Association, in partnership with Downtown Tucson Partnership and the Pima County Health Department, have the plans in place for a Grand Reopening of businesses in the downtown core. That reopening is coming on October 1st. All of the plans have the public’s health and safety as keys to the reopening.

Each business displaying this Ready for You emblem has demonstrated to Pima County Health inspectors that it is complying with the safety standards required for a safe reopening. You can find the full list of those standards at www.pimaready.com.

APNA’s Looking for a Treasurer

A message from APNA President David Bachman-Williams:

Our Current Treasurer, Donna Taylor, will be leaving the Board and office at the end of this year. A new treasurer will be needed to carry on her work. She has established a system of record keeping and reporting beneficial to our association. Concurrent with the last few months of her term, APNA is moving to cloud applications for most functions, including the Treasurer’s 

A cloud based system will be simpler to use because the hardware requirements are minimal and help will be readily available should the new Treasurer encounter problems. Remote collaboration is essential in these Covid times. 

These are the position requirements as I see them:

  • An interest in sound financial management. 
  • The ability to follow a systematic approach to administration. 
  • Some familiarity with digital technology but expertise is not needed. 
  • A computer with a modern internet browser. 
  • An internet connection. 
  • A printer is very desirable but not essential. 

If you are  interested in this way of supporting your neighborhood, I would like to hear from you. Please call me at 520-975-4852 or email me at bachmanwms@gmail.com

APNA Board Meeting 9/8 Via ZOOM!

The APNA Board of Directors will hold its September meeting by Zoom on Tuesday the 8th at 6:30.  For those who would like to attend you will receive an invitation from Liz Burden who is going to be the Zoom host for the meeting. Drop in and hear what’s going on in and around the neighborhood!

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

Findings-of-Conditions