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

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APNA Meeting 5/12/20 via ZOOM

A message from APNA President David Bachman-Williams:

Hello Armory Park Neighbors and others,
We are going to have a virtual APNA board meeting tomorrow on Zoom.  If you are interested in being included in the meeting please email Ken Taylor at  ken@kmtaylor.com  Ken will make sure you get an invitation to be part of the Zoom meeting.  If you are interested in being invited to all future APNA board meetings please let him know that, too.  He will send out the invitations shortly before the meeting.  You click on the link provided in his email and wait with everyone else in the virtual “waiting room”.  Ken will then let us all in.
We are beginning the meeting 15 minutes early, at 6:15 so that our vice-president, Liz Burden can lead us through some icebreaker activities to get familiar with the way a Zoom meeting works.  The actual meeting will start at approximately 6:30.
Attached is the agenda for the meeting.  If you have any questions please let me know.
Sincerely,
David Bachman-Williams,
APNA president

Sidewalk Repair/Replace Status

20200331_133712An update from Ken Taylor:

As we near the end of the first phase of the APNA sidewalks improvement project, this is to keep you informed of our progress.
Concrete replacement: All of the demolition and concrete replacement is finished for this phase. The areas around each work site should have been cleaned up. If you see anything missed, please let me know.
Grinding: Significant tripping hazards remaining in the project area for this phase are to be ground down to minimize the hazard. The work was stopped for a time while I worked with the contractor to insure that the results would be acceptable. The contractor expects work to resume next week.

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The Sidewalk Repair/Replace Project Is Moving Along!

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!

F-35s at Davis-Monthan?

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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

Long-Awaited Sidewalk Project Begins!

28423168_1199799833488419_1102280775872389326_oFrom Ken Taylor: “Work on our sidewalk project started this morning on 5th Avenue just south of 15th Street. Work will begin daily as early as 7:00 AM so we can get through the project quickly to shorten the inevitable disruptions. Your patience will help complete this important neighborhood improvement. If you have questions or feedback, please email me or text me at 520-301-7113. It’s really a pleasure to see this long delayed project finally under construction.”
More background on the project below the fold:

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