Celebrate July 4th with your neighbors!

Neighborhood Fourth of July Celebration
Friday, July 4th, 7pm-10pm
Enjoy fireworks on “A” mountain, live music, and Sonoran dogs with all the fixings.
Everyone is invited! @ St. Andrew’s Church
545 S 5th Ave
BYOB. Donations toward food are welcome.

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The Next Nine Months

Evening Armory Park residents,

At the most recent Downtown Neighborhoods and Residents Council, I learned that there are a great number of projects, of all shapes and sizes, that will either hit significant mile posts, break ground, or be completed within the next nine months. I’ve included a list here to give you a taste of what’s to come, for better or worse:

  • The Citizen-Advisory-Council portion of Downtown Links will be nearly complete by December, with 90% of the plans drawn.
  • The Streetcar will be up and running, with a grand whistle-stop ceremony on July 25.
  • The City Bond Selection Committee will largely be complete by October or November.
  • The Bournes Project at Stone and Broadway will be built-out.
  • The apartments at 16th and Stone will be under construction.
  • The hotel at 5th and Broadway, with an estimated 150 rooms, will be under construction.
  • The Johnny Gibson Market will be running by December.
  • The Request for Proposals for the Ronstadt Transit Center will be come due in August (I think).
  • The 9 acre Request for Proposals by Rio Nuevo will be back in one month.
  • The Norville’s Project (a plan to build an exhibition hall where the temporary gem show tents go up) will either be under construction or fall apart.
  • The Eckbo Fountain may or may not be added to the County Bond Package.
  • La Placita may have changed hands.
  • The Request for Proposals for development on the West side of the Santa Cruz should be out.
  • The Paseo Redondo Request for Proposal may be out by then.
  • Pizzeria Bianco will be open in a few weeks.
  • Beyond Bread might be coming downtown.
  • Three other letters of intent have been submitted for other businesses coming downtown, and in nine months, downtown will have filled all of its current retail space.
  • The Gadsen Company will be breaking ground on working-class housing downtown.
  • Wig-Orama will be back in business in their former location.
  • Roy Place will be complete in the next three to four months.
  • The space near Ikes may become home to an architecture firm coming downtown.
  • The County Courthouse will be complete.
  • More streetscape improvements—shade, murals, planting, etc—will be in place to for the Streetcar opening.

This is a rough list of everything going on, and I’m sure I’ve missed something. Nevertheless, I thought you all might like to know what’s going down. Should be a wild time.

Best,

-Grant

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June Board Meeting

Hi Armory Parkonians,

The APNA Board will hold its next meeting on:

Tuesday, June 10, at 7:00 p.m. – St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall

Please see the attached draft agenda for details. And, as always, let me know if there’s anything you would like to see on the agenda.

-Grant

APNA Agenda June 2014 draft

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Local Noise Ordinance

Evening Everyone,

I want to let you all know about a recent collaboration between representatives from Armory Park, Barrio Viejo, WUNA, FAMA, DID, Downtown Tucson Merchants, TPD and other residents, business managers, property owners and stakeholders to revise the local noise ordinance so that there are distinct standards for businesses in the Downtown area (the “Downtown Entertainment Area”—as opposed to the Entertainment District you may have heard of in the news).

As I understand the issue, this project began in response to growing noise complaints from residents living inside the Downtown area. It is unclear whether the proposed changes will cause actual increase in overall noise in the area. And, the ordinance is still under heavy review and could still change significantly, after input from stakeholders like us.

At the heart of this effort is a push from Downtown businesses to self-monitor noise levels at their property. Currently, enforcement is difficult because noise levels must be measured at the property of the complaining resident. In turn, because enforcement is complaint-driven, and TPD doesn’t have the resources to respond quickly, the ordinance isn’t helpful to anyone; even Downtown business managers recognize that unhealthy noise levels are not good for business. The hope is that a noise standard that is measured at a business’s property will allow self- regulation, reduce uncertainty for business owners, and, if TPD agrees, could allow the purple-shirted Downtown Partnership security employees to help keep things in line (of course, residents will still be able to call in complaints to TPD).

This is a complex issue, particularly because the manner in which sound travels and dissipates is extremely difficult to predict. Efforts to simplify measurements and predict the effects of a proposed decibel level on residents (including my own musings) have not been helpful to the discussion so far. But, the drafters seem bent to craft something workable, and may start taking readings at both residences and business at the same time to see what, for example, 85 decibels at the front door of HiFi sounds like to residents at the Cadence.

I’ve attached a set of the Downtown Merchants’ minutes on the issue here: Noise Ordinance Committee Report May_5_2014.  Please let us know if you have any comments on this issue or have an ingenious way to solve the problem.  The ordinance isn’t being enforced as written at the moment, so it’s in our interest to help draft a solution that ensures reasonable noise levels will be maintained as we move forward.

Thanks for your time!

-Grant

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Board Meeting

Tuesday, May 13 — 7:00 p.m. — St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Parish Hall

Hi All,

We have a very exciting meeting in store for May.  Christi Cisek, from the Johnny Gibson Market, and Senator Bedford will be joining us as a guests. We will also discuss a possible minor avenue clean-up, a 4th of July event, and the nearly-complete new resident informational packets, amongst other things.

Please find the agenda attached.  APNA Agenda May 2014  Hope you all can join.

-Grant Wille

President, APNA

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