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!
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.
Did you catch this article in this month’s Tucson Lifestyle magazine?
Here’s the agenda for this evening’s APNA Board meeting, being held on ZOOM:
A message from APNA President David Bachman-Williams:
An update from Ken Taylor:
Here’s an update from Ken Taylor on the sidewalk repair/replacement project: “You’ve probably noticed that most of the work on 5th Ave is done. demolition on 4th Ave is underway now. Another concrete pour is scheduled yet today. The E-W streets and further south on 4th come next. Things are looking better already. The contractor expects to finish sidewalk replacement within two weeks. Grinding of tripping hazards will follow.” Kudos to Ken for putting it all together!
Come and hear what’s going on in the neighborhood and around town! Here’s the agenda for this month’s APNA Board meeting:
PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT FOR PROPOSED F-35A MISSION – The U.S. Air Force has made available for public review and comment a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) F-35A Mission. The Draft EIS identifies Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base as the Preferred Alternative, with Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (AFB) in Tucson, Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida, and Whiteman AFB in Missouri as Reasonable Alternatives. The Draft EIS evaluates the potential environmental impacts that could result from the proposed mission and flight operations of AFRC F-35A aircraft.
A public hearing will be held Tuesday, March 10, at 5 p.m., at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. You can also submit comments via email to HQAFRC.F-35.EIS@us.af.mil. Comments are due by March 31. You can find the Draft EIS and other information at many public libraries and online at the link below.
Read the Draft EIS: http://bit.ly/38xbTF7