Coffee with a Cop August 21!

Scan0001Join your neighbors and police officers for fun and conversation! No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood!

For any questions pertaining to the event, please contact the Operations Division West at 791-4467.

Sponsored by the Tucson Police Department.

Steller column: “Intimidation tactics by Tucson man spreading child sex-trafficking claims go unchecked”

Lewis ArthurTim Steller writing at the Arizona Star: ‘Over the years, many volunteers and homeless people have credited the Veterans on Patrol camp, at East 20th Street and South Jacobus Avenue, with doing good work and helping people, some of them homeless veterans, out of homelessness. City Councilman Richard Fimbres, who represented the area, credited the group with “helping the fringe veteran population that doesn’t trust the government.”

‘But the good work has often come with intimidation and an us-against-them mentality…

‘It raised alarms in nearby Armory Park neighborhood when the Veterans on Patrol group circulated a flyer this spring, one that has reappeared in recent weeks, saying that it planned to create neighborhood watch teams and also use a drone to monitor incidents in the neighborhood. Relations are testy enough that representatives of the neighborhood association where the camp is located are listed at the camp as banned from visiting.’

The full article is here: https://tucson.com/news/local/steller-column-intimidation-tactics-by-tucson-man-spreading-child-sex/article_587b5794-c48c-5b70-9713-1c9966b8a514.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-1

Barrio Historico Wins an Historic Appeal

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.)

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“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

Help for Homeless Neighbors

As downtown residents, most of us are familiar with the Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP). Their mission statement is: To be the catalyst for making Downtown Tucson the place people want to live, work, and play; where new ideas happen; and that is the economic development and cultural epicenter of the region. The ability to attract businesses and customers is an essential component.

One part of this effort is to minimize unpleasant experiences for downtown visitors. Unfortunately our large homeless population is often part of unpleasant experiences. DTP has taken a number of steps to discourage homeless people from making downtown public areas their home. One example is cleaning pavements in areas where people congregate overnight. The use of machinery and water spray makes the areas uncomfortable places to sleep.

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Neighborhood Newsletter                    

From the President’s Pen

February 2018

Greetings friends and neighbors:

This is the first APNA newsletter for 2018.

It’s already been a busy year. In January, this year’s APNA board and alternates met for a strategic planning session. A lot of new things came out of that meeting, many of which you will see reflected in this year’s agendas.

New committees were defined and developed to address all the different things APNA is working on to help make this a better place to live. We are also seeking a stronger relationship with all the wonderful people in the neighborhood who, everyday, do special things that make this a great community to live in. We know we are missing many residents especially those who do not have computers. We want as many voices heard as this is your neighborhood and we want to represent all of you.

This year, like last, development issues will take a lot of time, effort and commitment, to help insure that the development enhances living here, rather than conflicting with our existing community. To do this, APNA has created a standing Development Committee, rather than having ad-hoc working groups.

We have also created a historic committee which will research historic monuments of the neighborhood as well as work with other historic neighborhoods in Tucson and Phoenix to share best practices in maintaining our historic standing, and mitigate over-development both locally and on a state wide level. Additionally, a historic streetscape documentation project is underway to formally document the Armory Park’s streetscape as part of the historic preservation process.

Below are updates on what we accomplished last year as well as what we will be doing this year. Look for the holiday lights contest winners, social gatherings coming up and what efforts are being made to keep Armory Park the unique neighborhood that it is.

The best way to understand what is happening, where, and why is to come to neighborhood meetings as each of the projects that impact us are discussed in real-time; we all have to work together to keep our neighborhood character alive. Please come and add your input to the conversation!

Please watch out for regular updates on meetings, news, and events at our website, www.armoryparktucson.org and our updated Facebook page, Armory Park Neighborhood Association and the Armory Park listserv. And please, let us know how you want to become involved this year!

Email us at info@armoryparktucson.org.

Best wishes,

Anne Cooper, President, APNA

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Welcome to Armory Park!

Welcome to the Armory Park, Tucson website, the official website of the Armory Park Neighborhood Association (APNA)! If you already live in Armory Park, you will find lots of useful information here. Please consider becoming an APNA member if you aren’t already one. Just click “Become a Member” to sign up. In addition to this website, we have an active listserv and a Facebook page. We have even on occasion been known to hand-deliver paper notices to the neighborhood on important issues.

If you don’t live in Armory Park, thanks for taking the time to check us out. Maybe you’re considering moving here? You should be able to get a lot of your questions answered – and maybe wind up with more questions than when you arrived.

Want to know anything else? Email Bill Duffy and he’ll track down an answer for you.