The project developers invite Armory Parkers to a public meeting to discuss the proposed All Saints development located in Armory Park. The meeting will be Monday, November 28 at 6:00 PM on Zoom https://arizona.zoom.us/j/81478228089#success
Background information from the development team:
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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 – email@example.com – 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
3/12/20 UPDATE: Because of health concerns posed by the coronavirus, the Armory Park Neighborhood Home and Garden Tour will not take place March 22 as originally scheduled. We hope to reschedule at a later date.
Here’s the original post: An old favorite is making its return: the Armory Park Home & Garden Tour is scheduled from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 22.
The rain-or-shine event will show off the homes and garden spaces of about 10 residents of Armory Park. Someone will be on hand at each location to offer its history and to answer questions. The tour of this historic Tucson neighborhood will start at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 545 S. Fifth Ave. (at 16th Street).
Tickets are $20.00 per person and one hundred percent of proceeds will go to benefit the Neighbors Feeding Neighbors, which delivers some 10,000 meals a year to Downtown residents in need. The feeding program, housed at St. Andrew’s Church, began 30 years ago, according to The Rev. Jefferson Bailey, its founder, and a deacon at St. Andrew’s. In addition to the Homes and gardens there will be an art show and at 4PM there will be special Mass at the Church with choir and organ and in the style of the 1940’s.
CONTACT: Jefferson Bailey 520 623-4128 firstname.lastname@example.org
Updates from APNA President Anne Cooper:
1) Rio Nuevo and the city are actively looking at upgrading Armory Park back to its look from the 1940’s. More grass, a new band shell, and different seating. This is not a done deal and Fletcher McCusker of Rio Nuevo will have to work with the city on several issues. With this in mind, the idea is to create a more lively and active Armory Park. It is the only downtown park and has been a great resource for many activities throughout the years. Parking is and will be a problem and one that Rio Nuevo is aware of and is willing to work with us on. They are the group that created the parking system for the barrio near the Tucson Convention Center and have offered to promote a similar system for the Armory Park Neighborhood. More to come on this.
2) There was a gentrification seminar held last month in the Dunbar Springs neighborhood. Gentrification is a real issue for Tucson, especially with the development in downtown. It is not an easy issue, as many cities throughout the United States have been affected by it. How cities stay vibrant through development while keeping older, established communities affordable is a dilemma no one has fully tackled. There will be a symposium by the Southwest fair housing council on Oct 26th to start to address some of these issues. Further gentrification seminars will take place and I will keep you posted on their date/time and location.
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Are you interested in helping maintain Armory Park’s historic character? The election of new Armory Park Historic Zone Advisory Board (APHZAB) members will occur at the next APNA general membership on 13 November. Members are elected, then nominated to Mayor and Council for approval for a four year term.
We anticipate the following number of APHZAB vacancies at the end of 2018:
– Property Owner: 2
– Resident: 2
– Special Qualifications (e.g. areas as archaeology, architecture, architectural history, local history, historic preservation law, landscape architecture, planning, construction, or other related field): 3
If you are interested, please let APHZAB Chair Martha McClements know in advance of the November meeting.
Good news! Barrio Historico has won its appeal before Mayor and Council, rejecting a proposed townhouse development incompatible with its historic zone. (It’s Item #10 on the attached Legal Action Report.)
“It was moved by Council Member Kozachik, duly seconded and PASSED by a roll call vote of 6 to 1 (Council Member Fimbres dissenting), to reverse the Planning and Development Services Department Director’s decision, grant the appeal and deny the HPZ application.
“Mr. Rankin noted that the basis of the motion, as provided in the Mayor and Council’s discussion, was that the application was not compatible with the purposes and standards of the HPZ and the applicable technical standards.”
May 22 Legal Action Report
REMINDER: The City is about to decide whether to rezone the property at 747 S 6th Ave and remove it from the Historic Preservation Zone (HPZ), in order to to permit the property owner to build a 48′ building on the site. If approved, this would be the first time a property has been removed from the Armory Park HPZ in its history. The City says this won’t set a precedent, but…
People interested in Armory Park’s future should consider attending the zoning hearing. The hearing is Thursday, May 3, at 6:00 PM in Mayor and Council Chambers at City Hall.
Zoning Examiner’s Agenda May 3, 2018