APNA, APHZAB Challenge Children’s Museum Fence

7/8/21 UPDATE: Good news! At Wednesday’s meeting, the Mayor and Council upheld the Armory Park Historic Zone Advisory Board’s appeal of the Children’s Museum’s plan to fence off 4,000 square feet adjacent to the Museum, closing it to the public. The fence will not be built and the area will remain open to the public.

ORIGINAL POST: A message from Armory Park Historic Zone Advisory Board Chair Martha McClements:

I hope you have seen the announcement concerning the Children’s Museum’s proposal to enclose part of the grass area along 13th Street for private use. 
The Armory Park Historic Zone Advisory Board (APHZAB) voted to appeal the decision of the Planning Director (7 for and 1 opposed) and the Armory Park Neighborhood Association paid the fee out of funds held for Historic Preservation. At the time of the APHZAB meeting in May, we got 14 responses opposed to the fence. At the Plans Review meeting there were several letters in support of the fence. 

The APHZAB appeal has to and is based on Historic Preservation. The other neighborhood concerns raised were placing public property behind a paywall (like the Reid Park Zoo expansion and Barnum Hill) and the lack of public input (the only review process was through the three Historic reviews, two of which opposed the enclosure). Please consider sharing your opinion on this matter (again) with the City Clerk – cityclerk@tucsonaz.gov – by 5pm on July 6 (Tuesday). If you wish to speak, email the City Clerk your request to speak by noon on July 7. Please do not send any comments about this appeal to members of the Mayor and Council. I do ask you to spread the word.

Those who wish to “attend” the meeting may do so at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/gov/mayor-and-council-live?fbclid=IwAR2EFhkMq-rJW_k3rvUsAB7scfqUINjOsKsz_SDX_Vw3EHFbGFpuF200ZbE

The meeting is July 7 at 5:30 PM. The appeal is #10 on the Agenda. https://tucsonaz.onbaseonline.com/1801AgendaOnline/Meetings/ViewMeeting?id=1540&doctype=1

APNA Annual Meeting 11/12/19: Elections, Dusk, Holiday Party, and Sidewalks!

A reminder from APNA Interim President David Bachman-Williams about next week’s important annual meeting:

Hi Armory Parkers.

A week from today is our November Annual Meeting. It is in the St. Andrews Episcopal Church Hall and begins at 6:30 PM.

On the agenda will be elections for Officers and Directors for the Armory Park Board and also for the Armory Park Historic Zone Advisory Board. The DUSK Festival will have been held at the Armory Park over the weekend so we should review our reactions to that event given the email communication that has been taking place on this list serve. (Page Repp from the DUSK Festival and Greg Jackson from the City have requested to be on the December Agenda.  We will have the DUSK Festival on the agenda then as well as now.)

I will give an update on the state of our bylaws in light of a meeting I have with the City of Tucson Neighborhood Services staff. We need to schedule our End of Year Holiday party (time, date, and place). We will have an update on our sidewalk repair situation which is moving forward.

Besides regular reports that is what I know about. Please let me know if you would like anything else on the agenda.

Here is the agenda: APNA Annual Meeting Agenda 11-12-19

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

Good News: a New Hotel. Not So Good: It Wants to Skimp on Parking.

Hampton Inn/Home2 Suites plans to build a hotel at 141 S Stone Ave, opposite St Augustine Cathedral and behind the Scottish Rite Cathedral. It is asking for reduced parking through the Infill Incentive District regulations. If you are able, please attend the May 6 meeting listed in the attachment. We will have representatives from the APNA and the APHZAB (historic board) in attendance.

IPP for Hilton notice

APNA Meeting 12/11/18: DUSK Festival, Armory Park, and Crime

From APNA President Anne Cooper:

Dear Neighbors: 
Just a few notes and updates from the meeting last Tuesday.
Page Repp, promoter of the Dusk festival was at the meeting to hear feedback from the neighborhood regarding the festival. Brent Dennis (Parks and Rec) and Greg Jackson (City Manager’s office) as well as Steve Kozachik were also there to answer questions about Armory Park and the permit process for events at Armory Park.
The majority of the questions at the meeting and from the listserv could be listed into 3 categories: 1) noise, 2) access – specifically on 6th Avenue, and 3) privatization of the park.

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General Membership Meeting 11/13/18

Tuesday at 7 PM we’re having a general neighborhood meeting at St Andrew’s Parish Hall. The top topic: Deciding the membership of next year’s Neighborhood Association and Historic Zone Advisory Boards. We’ll also hear about the latest in neighborhood news and developments!

10/20/18 FLD Meeting

UPDATE from Mr Mackey, the architect: “We will be utilizing the FLD process for this project, but the meeting on the 20th is for neighbors to discuss the request for reduction of the parking at 3 of the proposed properties from 2 required spaces to 1 space. If the reduction is approved, then we will start the formal FLD process and have the necessary meetings for that. If the reduction is not approved, then we will have to redesign the site plan and then start the formal FLD process.”

The original post: There will be a meeting Saturday, October 20, at 10 AM at 811 S 4th Ave to discuss a proposed FLD project for a single family residential development. What is an FLD? It stands for “Flexible Lot Development” and appears in Article 8.7.3. of the Unified Development Code. The four new bungalows at E 18th St and S 5th Ave are an example of an earlier FLD project.

If this new project is approved, the three parcels at 811-821 S 4th Ave will be developed into seven parcels and the property owner will build  five single-family residences. There are already two historic houses on the property.

Architect Bill Mackey’s letter announcing the meeting is below. The meeting is open to interested neighbors and Armory Park residents.

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APNA and APHZAB Elections 11/13/18!

Our annual election for the Armory Park Neighborhood Association Board of Directors will be held at the general meeting on November 13.
Four positions are open.  Please let pefnaz@gmail.com know if you are interested in becoming a board member.   You need to be a member of the association on or before October 13 to be eligible to vote.  Newly elected board members must pay their dues in January ($10/person, $20/business).
Also, the Armory Park Historic Zone Advisory Board’s election will be held at the same meeting.  Several positions are open.  The categories for members are property owners, renters and experts in appropriate fields.  You do not have to be a member of APNA to vote for APHZAB board members.  You do have to live in or own property in Armory Park to be eligible to vote.
Please let pefnaz@gmail.com know if you have any questions.