At the last APNA meeting (11/14), two important neighborhood organizations held elections to fill positions on their boards of directors. Outside of the scheduled APNA meeting, the historic board (APHZAB) elected three individuals by acclamation. Here are their names (and their category of membership): Michael Means (property owner), Steve Grede and Patrick O’brien (both are subject matter experts). They will join the board on the approval of Mayor and Council, expected within a month. The board will elect its officers at the next meeting. Continue reading “Two Neighborhood Elections”
If you have walked around the neighborhood on the tour or since, you have seen some of the messages in chalk highlighting elements of our community. Thanks to Janet Miller for the chalk work and to Glenda Bonin for photography. Get out to see them in person before they fade away.
This is another example of why Armory Park is a great place to live.
Home tour organizer, Anne Cooper, has published a summary of the 2017 tour. There were 59 homeowners and supporting volunteers who made the tour possible. She estimates that there were 350 paid ticket sales but there are donations still coming in. If you would like to donate too, just go to https://ArmoryParkTucson.org/donate/. As of 11/15, total revenue amounted to $7,012. From that total, expenses (about $500) must be deducted. Of the final net amount, 75% will be donated to Neighbors Feeding Neighbors.
The revenue and support of a worthy cause are important but for me not the most important benefit of the tour. Bringing so many neighbors together to work for a common cause and reminding all of our historic heritage is the greatest reward. All of us who opened our homes, volunteered as supporters or spruced up our sidewalks were enriched by the experience of working with our neighbors.
Armory Park is such a great place to live.
Anne Cooper and her team presented an excellent selection of Armory Park architecture this your. If you didn’t tour, you really missed a great experience. At least, here is a brief description of each place on the tour. Continue reading “If You Missed the Tour”
I’ve been browsing through the Arizona Daily Star archives trying to learn more of the early history of Armory Park. Since we are about to have another home tour, that is a subject I decided to research.
The oldest tour I found was in May of 1975. The Star Article had this to say, “Armory Park began its flourishing career in the 1880s with the arrival of the railroad. It is “a showplace” for the evolution of architect styles of that era, according to Robert Giebner University of Arizona associate professor of architecture.” Continue reading “Many Years of AP Home Tours”
Once again our Armory Park neighbors come together for our premier community event. The Home Tour combines the two most important qualities of our neighborhood, our sense of community and its historic character. To buy your tickets for the tour, go to ArmoryParkTucson.org. Continue reading “Welcome Neighbors, Home Tour”
Our neighborhood is a historic gem and our homes are not the only important part of maintaining our historic character. The streetscape (everything outside of our property lines) is an essential element of our historic neighborhood. Over the years, many significant features have been lost, often because of city government actions. A first step to keeping our streetscape is to document what is here today. Here is a way you can help. Steve Grede sent me this flyer: Continue reading “Our Historic Streetscape”
I think we are not surprised to hear that there are some problems with homeless people and some criminal behavior associated with Santa Rita Park. Phyllis, Michael, DeeDee, Donna and I attended a meeting at the Santa Cruz Parish Hall to learn more about the issues and offer support to our south side neighbors. Continue reading “Problems in Santa Rita Park”
The good stuff: The July meeting began with various news items and updates on efforts by committees. The new market rate rentals you may have seen in the news are quite pricy. They rent in a range of $2.20 to $2.50 per square foot or more and units are generally 1,000 square feet or less. You might expect to pay $2,500 monthly for a thousand square footer. These high prices translate to increasing property values for us owners in Armory Park. Also, property owners are also more likely to maintain their properties well to retain their value. The downside is that renters can expect to pay more in the future and it will be too expensive for many downtown workers to live near their work. Continue reading “APNA Board, Good Stuff and Some Not So”
I was unable to attend this meeting so Karen Olson took very detailed notes. Many other details will appear in the meeting minutes and I will only extract some items of general interest for this article.
Home tour chair Anne Cooper reported that the tour is up to 12 houses. Bring’s Funeral Home will serve drinks at 3 p.m. Exo Coffee is also partnering with us. Phyllis Factor said that she will run the bake sale again. Anne’s husband will do a poster. There are some artists who would be interested in doing open studio. Everyone was supportive of including them in the home tour. November 12 is the date and Anne is working hard on getting really old homes and those that haven’t been on the tour before. Continue reading “June APNA Meeting”