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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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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com know if you have any questions.
The APNA Board is meeting this evening at 7 PM at St. Andrew’s Church. Come and find out what’s going on in the neighborhood, including an update on future plans for Armory Park.
We have had a lot of requests for minutes from last Tuesday’s general membership meeting. Here are the DRAFT minutes
– they have not been approved by the board but give you a sense of what transpired at the meeting. Please feel free to reach out to any of your board members with questions or comments.
Begin DRAFT minutes.
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Remember, this Tuesday’s APNA meeting is a general membership meeting. Even if you’re not an APNA member, feel free to come! We will have representatives from the Police Department, the Ward 6 office, and Community Bridges present. We’ll also hear about the latest on neighborhood and downtown developments, our new listserv, and keeping Armory Park’s traffic circles clean and beautiful.
The meeting’s Tuesday at 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall at St. Andrew’s Church.
Here’s the agenda:
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