Wednesday, October 31, 2007
The case has important ramifications for preservation because development of the 11-story condo tower, as proposed by the developer, ignores the recommendations of the Historic Preservation Officer and Historic Preservation Commission. Our position is that the historic building should be incorporated into the project without destroying its physical integrity. We believe there are several architectural options that will meet our goals and the developer’s economic needs. Click here to download and read an excellent commentary by Richard deUriarte, editorial writer for the Arizona Republic.
In addition, one of our most important activities is the restoration and revitalization of the 1904 Montgomery House in downtown Phoenix. We received the home from the City of Phoenix and have obtained grants and donations to get the project rolling. To date we have completed the architectural plans for converting the home into a small office building while maintaining its historic adobe walls and architectural details. We will construct a small companion office building behind it to make the project an economic success. Our Foundation’s goal is to sell this project and use the equity to continue to save properties throughout the state.
Of our current activities, though, none is as important to your Foundation as our membership drive. We have a lofty, but attainable, goal of becoming one of the largest memberships in the country. To accomplish this would open the door to a greater voice in public policy matters and the ability to fund important restoration projects such as the Montgomery House.
Your Board of Directors would appreciate your assistance in bringing in friends and associates who share our desire to preserve our heritage. Membership in the Arizona Preservation Foundation helps save our important structures and archaeological sites. More members mean we’ll have an increased ability to communicate and educate city and state leaders, and permit us to expand our educational efforts. Please refer your friends to our website.
I appreciate your Board’s confidence in me as President this year. I am enjoying the opportunity immensely.
Gregory C. Michael
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Palm Lane, which is in the center of the neighborhood, will offer refreshments, music by the Phoenix College Jazz Band, and civic displays. A portion of the funds raised will be used to provide comforting soft toys to aid the Phoenix Police Department in their work with abused children. Supplying teddy bears has been an ongoing project for the Fairview Place Neighborhood Association since 1993. The Tour costs $10. Tickets will be available at 1526 W. McDowell Road. Free parking and a free vintage Ollie the Trolley shuttle will be available at that location. For more information, contact Alan Staggs at 602-604-2293 or Malinda Hurd at 602-712-0721. [Rendering by Gerry McCue.]
National Heritage Areas differ from National Parks and other types of Federal designations because they do not impose Federal zoning or regulations on land use, and do not involve land acquisitions. Because a National Heritage Area is locally initiated and managed, it is a community-based conservation strategy that recognizes that the people who live in a heritage area are qualified to preserve its resources.
"I am proud to have brought this bill from the Santa Cruz Valley to the floor of the House of Representatives," said Rep. Grijalva. "I want to thank all the stakeholders who came together to help protect this area. Heritage areas connect people to the cultural, historic, and natural treasures of an area, and this legislation will maintain the Santa Cruz Valley through education, preservation and promotion of its unique resources."
National Heritage Area designation provides federal recognition and financial support. Through annual Congressional appropriations administered by local National Park unit partners, up to $10 million in 50-percent match funding is available to each National Heritage Area over a period of 15 years. This "seed money" can help cover basic expenses such as staffing, and leverages other money from state, local, and private sources to implement locally selected projects. This initial investment ensures that these areas get a solid start toward financial and operational independence.
"Congress can either provide the program, tools and support it needs to continue maturing into a successful preservation model or we can turn our backs on heritage areas and leave local communities to fend for themselves," said Grijalva. "Ever since Congress established heritage areas over twenty years ago, heritage tourism has been growing. Today, it has become a significant economic engine. These areas are worthwhile not only as a way to help local economies, but as a crucial tool in preserving our communities' links to their past."
The Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area would encompass roughly 3,300 square miles in southern Arizona, bordering Mexico. The Santa Cruz Valley contains cactus-covered slopes, open grasslands, rugged canyons, forested mountain ranges, and rare desert streams. It also is home to Spanish missions, fortresses, ghost towns, and old mines. Traces of human habitation in the valley stretch back more than 12,000 years.
"This designation helps our community create a future that honors the cultural traditions, historic places and natural treasures that are so important to us all," said Vanessa Bechtol, programs manager for Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance, a non-profit group advocating creation of the heritage area. "We applaud Congresswoman Giffords and Congressman Grijalva for introducing legislation that celebrates and promotes our rich heritage."
[To view video of Congresswoman Giffords' floor statement supporting this bill, click here and go to the video library on the Press Center page of her website. To view the full text of the legislation creating the Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area, click here. Photo source: Jonathan Mabry.]
- November 14, 2007, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Hon-Dah Resort-Casino and Conference Center, 777 Highway 260, Pinetop, AZ 85935
- December 5, 2007, Venue to be determined
- December 13, 2007, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Cochise College Benson Campus, Room 113, 1025 State Route 90, Benson, Arizona 85602
Friday, October 26, 2007
"This is the fifth year Sedona Main Street Program has received this prestigious recognition" according to Holly Epright, Executive Director. "I am honored to accept this national accreditation on behalf of our Board of Directors. They and many additional volunteers give countless hours and are dedicated to the Program's grassroots efforts. We are supported by our members, sponsors and benefactors and this recognition reflects our stakeholders' commitment to keeping Sedona's core and historic commercial district vital and vibrant." [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
- Henry Cowell (1852 – 1928)
- Lydia Cowell (died June 29, 1905)
- James Ouncell (possible Cowell; died June 17, 1900)
- W. Weise (1846 – 1907)
- Henry Wickenburg (November 21, 1819 – May 14, 1905)
It is the opinion of James Garrison, Arizona State Historic Preservation Officer, and Kathryn Leonard, National Register of Historic Places Coordinator, that the site’s significance and integrity make it eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Any attempt to move the graves would result in severe damage to the historic monuments and the National Register eligibility of the site. National Register properties are eligible to receive competitive grant funding from the Arizona Heritage Fund as well as other national funding sources for acquisition, rehabilitation, and interpretive development.
It all began several years ago when the Town of Wickenburg sold off portions of Wickenburg property for a housing development. The hill that Henry Wickenburg camped on when he first came to the area is the location of his burial plot (he asked to be buried there). The hill is now almost completely surrounded by houses and the property owners would like the graves moved. There is a vacant piece of privately-owned property that, if purchased, could provide access to the publicly-owned cemetery from the street.
It has been suggested that the Wickenburg Historic Preservation Society (WHPS) acquire the gravesite from the Town of Wickenburg so WHPS could maintain the existing property, work on acquiring access from the neighbor, place the property on the National Register of Historic Places, and seek grant funding assistance. As a "last ditch" alternative, WHPS has suggested moving the graves to the Wickenburg Boetto House property in an attempt to save them and provide a spot for tourism and interpretation.
The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) contacted WHPS officials and wrote a letter to the Wickenburg City Council encouraging the preservation of the cemetery and graves in their original location. The Arizona State Museum also favors leaving the graves in place. The Town Council, however, voted to have WHPS proceed in moving the graves. It has not yet been determined by the SHPO if the Wickenburg Boetto House property is suitable for a cemetery.
WHPS ran a legal ad in the weekly Wickenburg Sun on August 29, September 5, September 12, and September 19, 2007 and posted it on the Town website. This is the first legal step and notifies any possible family members about the movement of the graves. Now the legal advertisement has occurred, WHPS will be required to wait another six months before it can start moving the graves. It is the intention of the Town of Wickenburg to abandon the “Henry Wickenburg Gravesite” cemetery site.
In the July 19, 1924 Arizona State Miner, Sharlot Hall wrote an article about the cemetery, saying: “Wickenburg has a gold mine in that old graveyard exactly where it is located...that tiny piece of land lies exactly where every train-load of people are compelled to see it. It is worth big money as the very best slam-you-in-the-face advertisement to be had. It should be cleaned up and fenced with a good attractive iron fence to include every grave. The grave and home of Uncle Henry Wickenburg should become a public charge of the Town – not merely for the fine spirit of remembrance but for the good of advertisement in it. Properly played up every visitor who had an hour to spare in the town would pay a taxi fare to see the historic piece of ground.”
What can you do? You are welcome to express your opinion about this matter to:
- Carol Griffith, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer ~ 602-542-7141
- Reba Wells Grandrud, Pioneers’ Cemetery Association ~ 602-992-0339
- Cindy Thrasher, Wickenburg Historical Preservation Society ~ 928-684-5129
- Mayor ~ Ron Badowski
- Vice-Mayor ~ Jim Girard
- Council Member ~ Chris Band
- Council Member ~ John Cook
- Council Member ~ Kristi Henson
- Council Member ~ Scott Stewart
- Council Member ~ John Zerby
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Long before it was dominated by a park and the parking lot, that intersection was the cradle of Phoenix commerce. During a four-week dig, scientists found wall fragments dating to the late 1800s - what's left of the first businesses built by Anglo and Mexican settlers. John Y.T. Smith's mill, the Hotel Luhrs and attorney Edward Irvine's adobe and brick buildings were the town's commercial heart during that period. "We are looking at the very beginnings of the city of Phoenix," city archaeologist Todd Bostwick said.
[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Arizona Republic.]
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
[Source: Deborah Sussman Susser, Jewish News of Greater Phoenix] -- The first Orthodox synagogue in the city still stands at 333 E. Portland St. in downtown Phoenix, but it could very well be gone in a matter of days. While the building’s records are safely stored at the Arizona Jewish Historical Society, the structure itself, designed by architect Max Kaufman and built by Arizona’s Mardian Construction in 1954, is not protected by any kind of historic designation, and the land on which it stands may be in the process of being sold.
Reached September 17, David Hemphill, director of the Black Theater Troupe, which owns the building, said that a “transaction” was taking place, but that he was not at liberty to disclose the details. The BTT received $2.3 million in the city bond election last year, in part to restore the building.
“It is troubling that the bond election was held under one pretext and here we are a year and a half later and it’s all changed,” said Kevin Weight, of the city’s Historic Preservation Office. “Last the public heard, at a city council meeting a few months ago, they were told they were proceeding with plans as part of the bond election. And now it’s changed and nobody knows about it except for the whispers… There ought to at least be more dialogue.”
Click here for October 26, 2007 update in Jewish News of Greater Phoenix.
1945: French-Jewish survivor named Elias Loewy, “The Jewish Schindler,” is known for his heroic, clandestine rescue of more than 1,500 French Jews from deportation during WWII. Elias’ sons, Max and Fred, were members of the French Resistance. Max was killed just feet from his brother during a battle between 120 partisans and 3,000 German-led troops.
1948: Elias and family arrived in Phoenix, where Elias co-found Beth Hebrew Congregation and established the city’s Jewish Free Loan Society.
1950: Max Jacobsen, one of the founding congregants with the Loewy Family starts fund for new synagogue with a $2,000 donation.
July 1955: From the Arizona Republic, “Structure 55 X 100 feet, follows a contemporary design on its exterior, employing masonry block walls with high windows of translucent corrugated glass just under the roof. The roof, ceiled with acoustic tile, has an insulation layer of fiber glass under the waterproof top surface. There will be a special skylight penthouse over the altar section. The synagogue is divided into a lobby, kitchen sanctuary in the street end of the building, with two utility rooms each side of the platform, and altar at the rear of the sanctuary. At night specially designed recessed lighting ports will provide necessary illumination.”
Architect Max Kaufman, an amateur astronomer, designed the synagogue so that the roof is partially raised, as if a giant hand were lifting the edge of it up and away from the ark-shaped building. According to former congregation members, the quality of light that streamed in through the corrugated glass clerestory windows was extraordinary. The builder, Mardian Construction, was a well-known and important contractor in mid 20th century Phoenix.
1960: Steven Spielberg is Bar Mitzvah’d at Beth Hebrew Congregation. At 13 years old Steven also won a film contest for his 40-minute war movie, “Escape to Nowhere.”
1975: Beth Hebrew Congregation is absorbed into Beth El Congregation on Glendale Ave. 333 E. Portland building is rented out as a church.
1983: The Black Theatre Troupe of Phoenix moves to 333 E. Portland.
1991: With encouragement and support of Mayor Terry Goddard and City Council, 333 E. Portland is rededicated as the BTT’s Helen K. Mason Theater.
2005: BTT applies for $2.3 million in city bond money and $170,000 from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, most of which, according to the troupe’s proposal, would go toward fixing up the building.
2006: According to the BTT’s website, “In March 2006 the voters of Phoenix overwhelmingly approved a sweeping Bond Initiative that designated funds to The Black Theatre Troupe to renovate the Helen K. Mason Center for the Performing Arts. Several community needs will be met by this project including: (1) the reestablishment and expansion of BTT’s programs for youth at risk that emphasize the development of social and artistic skills, cooperation, discipline, self-esteem, and sharing; (2) the provision of performance space for young performers that will also accommodate children’s productions; and (3) the provision of affordable rental space for emerging performing arts groups with Stray Cat Theatre as a resident company. As the leading African American theater company in the four-corner states. This project will allow the Black Theatre Troupe to be the “crowning jewel” of this area of downtown and a shining example of diversity in the fifth largest city in the U.S. When completed, this $2.5M project will be unique in the City of Phoenix in that it will again provide a safe and nurturing artistic environment…”
August 2006: Fred Loewy (Elias’s son) dies.
2007: Without contacting the City of Phoenix Bond Committee representatives or Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission, BTT’s Board of Directors decides that the space is insufficient in size. The BTT Board and staff elect to sell building to neighboring land assembler.
August 2007: Fred Loewy’s sons donate all his papers, including a box full of material relating to Beth Hebrew Congregation, to the Arizona Jewish Historical Society. Fred kept everything to do with the synagogue, from early congregation documents written in Yiddish to the name of the building’s architect, to photographs of the groundbreaking. Jewish News of Greater Phoenix editor Leisah Woldoff writes a story about the synagogue’s history as revealed by Fred’s papers.
September 2007: After story appears in the Jewish News of Greater Phoenix about the BTT’s change of plans, text about the adaptive re-use of the building is removed from BTT website.
October 2007: Deborah Sussman Susser, editor of Jewish News of Greater Phoenix, contacts Michael Levine, a local developer with extensive experience in adaptive re-use of historic/vintage structures, including the Southwest Cotton Company Building in Phoenix (recipient of the 2007 Governor’s Heritage Preservation Grand Award) and a synagogue in Kisvarda, Hungary. Levine assesses the building and says it’s structurally sound with many of the original details in excellent condition; “it’s unique and has great bones.” According to officials with the State Historic Preservation Office and City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office, “with the new archival information that’s recently come to light, the building is very likely eligible” for designation on local, state, and national historic registries.
What you can do? You are welcome to express your opinion about this matter to:
- The Honorable Phil Gordon, Mayor of Phoenix ~ 602-262-7111
- The Honorable Michael Johnson, Member of Council for the district in which the structure is located ~ 602-262-7493
- The Honorable Tom Simplot, Member of Council and chair of the Council’s committee overseeing historic preservation ~ (602) 262-7447
- Cynthia Seelhammer, Deputy City Manager ~ 602-262-6941
- Barbara Stocklin, Historic Preservation Officer ~ 602-262-7468
- Evans Churchill Community Association, 602-614-8727
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
[Update: The developer will return to the Tempe Historic Preservation Commission with revised plans on November 1, 2007, starting at 6 p.m. at Hatton Hall/Gov. Moeur House, 34 E. 6th St. You are welcome to attend to voice your opinion.]
Historic preservation advocates are largely siding against Monti’s plan, saying the new structure would swallow the low-slung building constructed in 1873. “It somewhat hides it,” said Bob Gasser, chairman of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission. The plan isn’t an honest attempt to save the home built in 1871 by Tempe founder Charles Trumbull Hayden, said Ann Patterson, a commission member. She blasted it as “window dressing.” Though Monti said his plan will leave the inside untouched, changing the building’s setting could get the adobe structure kicked off state and national historic registries, said Jim Garrison, the state’s historic preservation officer.
The city’s historic commission opposes the high-rise above the historic building, insisting that Monti’s should stand out and the new high-rise should serve as a backdrop. So far, though. Monti has scoffed at the idea of keeping the existing building so visible. “Nobody ever said, ‘I had a great time leaning up against your stucco wall,’ ” Monti said. The real historic value of the building is its rooms, he said. Hayden built it room by room, and generations of people experienced the building by the flow of the rooms.
[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Monti's.]
Friday, October 19, 2007
The 1913 school will go through a dramatic transformation over the next few months. While the historic parts of the building near Van Buren and Seventh Streets will be preserved, a 1980s addition will be overhauled for massive exhibits. Like a three-story cable and platform "Tower Climber" that children - and adults - can climb. "We are able to play with the architecture to get the 'wow' features," said Deborah Gilpin, the museum's president and CEO. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
- Chase Bank (formerly the 100th branch of the Valley National Bank) on the southeast corner of 44th and Camelback;
- Camelsquare on the northwest corner; and
- Grace Communities on the southwest corner (behind and adjacent to the Londen Center).
The following is brief description of these projects which total approximately 1,400,000 square feet:
• Chase on SE Corner -- Will revise zoning from single family residential, surface parking, and commercial to all commercial. If approved, open space will be gone, some of the mushroom columns will be removed, surface parking will be reduced, and most all of the current mature trees and landscaping will be uprooted. Furthermore, Chase’s out of state parent has still not indicated acceptance of any long term arrangement to save the bank building itself.
• Camelsquare on NW Corner -- Will replace current 283,000 SF of office space with 950,000 SF of retail, hotel and residential. Condo towers will be 110’ tall (40’ taller than Londen Center) including mechanicals.
• Grace Communities on SW Corner -- Will replace current office, residential, and retail with a 400,000 SF mixed use project that will include office, a 125 room business man’s hotel, residential and retail. Our objection is to the two four-story buildings planned to the west of the Londen Center, which we would like to see kept to three stories and the removal of 12 single family homes.
Historic preservation advocates are encouraged to attend the hearing and, if you can, WEAR A YELLOW SHIRT. While the Planning Commission has historically favored developers over neighborhoods, your attendance on November 7 is critical. It will send a strong message to the City Council which is the next body to hear the subject cases. Details of the hearing are as follows:
- Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2007.
- Time: 5 p.m. Try and be 20 to 30 minutes early to sign in and fill out position cards in opposition. There will be neighborhood representatives in front of the Council Chambers to assist you.
- Place: City Council Chambers, round building at 200 W. Jefferson.
- Parking: City garage on Southeast corner of Washington and 4th Ave. or at surface parking where available.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Tom Wilson, director of the city-owned Arizona Museum of Natural History, which oversees the ruins across from the recently closed Banner Mesa Medical Center, was ecstatic when he heard the news Tuesday. "Fortunes are smiling on us all around," he said. While the grant was smaller than what was sought, Wilson said it will be enough to build shelters over the ruins to keep them from eroding further. Those shelters, he said, also will provide shade for eventual visitors. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
Tickets for this years home tour are only $15.00 and available at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum or the Wickenburg Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 3. Admission includes entrance to the Desert Caballeros Western Museum the Holiday Market at the Community Center. The Holiday Market features the traditional rum cakes and other culinary arts, attractive booths filled with crafts, jewelry, books, ornaments, and the unique boutique. Begin the day with coffee and muffins available in the morning and lunch sold in the Community Center. For additional information call the Home Tour Chairs, Monica Lambert 684-3429 or Dorinne Dobson 684-0945.
[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Monti's.]
Monday, October 15, 2007
The city was recently asked to consider taking over the title by the building’s owners Susan and David Duros. This request prompted a thorough evaluation by city staff, Durrant Architects and TLCP, a structural engineering firm, to identify the condition of the theater and any structural concerns.
The walls were built in the style of many other local historical buildings and are what Porter called “unreinforced masonry.” Because of the rotting condition of the walls, the roof and trusses, the city recently erected a 6-foot fence to deter the public from entering the building. The walls, some as high as 35 feet and made of concrete bricks mortared together, are cracked and as much as a foot out of plumb. “Based on current codes, you cannot build an unreinforced masonry structure of this height because it cannot withstand horizontal loads like winds and earthquakes,” Porter said. The east wall is in danger of falling at any time, and the north wall is leaning out, according to Porter. [Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Aimee Staten.]
Unanimously approved a project on the southwest corner that wraps around the existing Londen Center (pictured at right). Commissioners and the public praised the company for working closely with neighbors.
Approved with one dissent a retail and condo building on the southeast corner, with [possible] preservation of the Chase Bank building (see photo above). Public opponents said the project would put up a wall between their neighborhoods and the intersection, agreeing with Commissioner Tom Awai.
Approved on a 5-3 vote a large mixed-use project on the northwest corner. The project remains as planned except that proposed heights of 98 feet in the center were reduced to 70 feet to conform with the Londen building across the street.
[Note: For more information, visit the Modern Phoenix Neighborhood Network.]
The Conservation System protects critical habitat for fish and wildlife, access to world-class hunting and fishing, and challenging recreation for the self-guided adventurer. Here you can still experience the West of the first Americans and early pioneers. The creation of the National Landscape Conservation System was critical step toward ensuring that our most valuable natural and cultural resources managed by the Bureau of Land Management are protected for future generations to study and enjoy. However, the Conservation System is understaffed, underfunded, and vulnerable to shifting political priorities; its lands and waters are threatened by development, vandalism, and neglect. The Conservation System needs strong, unified, national support to ensure it can protect the national treasures in its care.
In his six years as grants coordinator, Feliz has raised thousands of dollars to save the Courthouse. The first part of the renovation process was in 2005, when the clock tower was shored up and new shingles were installed at a cost of nearly $270,000. The majority of the funding for the project is raised through grants from various organizations. Feliz said this part of the renovation will cost about $650,000, money raised through grants from the Arizona State Parks Historic Preservation Heritage Fund, the Arizona Office of Tourism, and the Office of Housing and Urban Development. [Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Daniel Dullum]
Saturday, October 13, 2007
As an example, he cites the struggle he had as mayor to keep standing a certain abandoned machine-shop building on Adams Street. It was the only remaining building on the block that stood in the way of planning for large scale projects. Goddard convinced the city to keep the building by thinking about the street – having a pedestrian friendly area at Heritage Square by having a north side and south side full of interesting buildings. The brick building stayed and was eventually purchased by Chris Bianco and became the nationally-famous Pizzeria Bianco.
Bianco and Goddard recently joined other entrepreneurs, city officials, city staff, and guest speakers at a convening titled, "Creating a Vibrant City." Sponsored by Arizona Chain Reaction with support from Maricopa Partnership for Arts and Culture, the conversation revolved around improved cooperation between the city and the entrepreneurs wishing to renovate and repurpose old buildings. Arizona Chain Reaction Founder Kimber Lanning organized the meeting to start a dialogue on how to reduce barriers to entry for small business owners in the city of Phoenix and yet be safe, stay within code and meet the Americans with Disabilities Act compliance mandates. "Great cities are built on small wonders," says Lanning. "Look at how much one business, Pizzeria Bianco, did for the image of Phoenix. A hundred chain restaurants aren't going to do that. But the chains have the money and resources to put up new buildings and pay a higher rent or space cost."
Goddard cites figures to back this up. "If you truly want the funky spaces, an older building is the only option. An old property would rent for $10-$12 per square foot, a new building would be closer to $20-$30. The challenge is to encourage more thinking around these small scale projects and provide incentives or funding for renovation costs. Phoenix does large scale really well, but the same process for bringing in a new, big building doesn't work for smaller endeavors."
Lanning hopes to keep this conversation alive and show how small business can be the catalyst for attracting residents and other businesses to an area. For the effort to gain greater success, a community vision must occur with support from the city government. "Vision is about hard choices," says Goddard. "It can't be everything to everyone. Citizens need to be engaged and determine what the standards should be. Then the city needs to implement those standards and stick to it. The process shouldn't get in the way of the vision."
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
"We're a city built on the ruins of our own recent past," sighed Vince Murray, president of the foundation's board of directors, when I called him the other day. "We know that the issue of property rights is important to a developing community, but can we stop taking away our history during that development? We lose a piece of ourselves, and our history, every time we blow up another building." [Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo: White Gates House, a Phoenix property on APF's 2007 Most Endangered Places List.]
The lawsuit was filed in Coconino County Superior Court in Flagstaff on behalf of Flagstaff residents Jon Regner, Paul Turner, Bob Richards and Margaret Allen. Richards and Allen are married. The group will be represented by the Sacramento, Calif.-based Pacific Legal Foundation. The lawsuit is said to be the first filed in connection with Proposition 207. Along with imposing new restraints on use of eminent domain, Proposition 207 mandates that state and local governments generally provide compensation for people whose property lost value due to government action. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
Al Palmieri, town clerk, said that Beverly Browning, who Palmieri describes as one of the most successful grant writers in the country, has offered to write a grant proposal to help the town acquire money to restore the historic hotel into affordable housing apartments. Browning came to Jerome several years ago, and again in September, to conduct grant-writing workshops. Palmieri said she fell in love with Jerome and wants to live there. She has proposed that instead of taking the usual 10 percent fee of the estimated $2 million in grants, the money be put toward an apartment for her. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
Monday, October 08, 2007
- An amendment to Arizona Land Group's application to request a height waiver, instead of a mid-rise rezoning;
- Transitional heights, through design stipulations, that would encourage compatibility with adjacent structures, and the neighborhood as a whole; and
- Conditional support for increases in density, and variances, to allow for more open space, improved pedestrian flow, and better connectivity to existing historic building profiles.
The above changes would allow Arizona Land Group to build up to 48' (residential) or 56' (mixed use) and would create an integrated project that steps down to adjacent, existing historic properties, helping to maintain the vintage context of this unique corridor into downtown. By collectively working on density, setbacks, open space, and interconnectivity, we feel Arizona Land Group could achieve a successful, and truly stellar design, that complements and positively contributes to, the existing arts, small business and residential uses already in the neighborhood.
In addition, our recommendation recognizes that the corner at Grand and 15th Avenue is a unique site on historic Grand Avenue and as such, any alterations to existing development conditions should be considered site specific for this particular corner, and not assumed to be appropriate for other parcels on Lower Grand Avenue (from McDowell to Van Buren).
To download and read the "Keep Grand Avenue Grand" information sheet, click here.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano's eagerly anticipated economic-development revamp was announced last week -- specifically the creation of a new umbrella organization (AERO) that would encompass the Arizona Department of Commerce (including the Arizona Main Street Program), Community and Economic Development Corporation, Science Foundation Arizona, Greater Arizona Development Authority, and Arizona Global Network. Below is additional detail from the Governor's website:
Friday, October 05, 2007
Begin your day with coffee and muffins available in the morning and lunch sold in the Community Center. The Holiday Market will feature a wide array of crafts, cookbooks, bakery, jewelry, books, unique boutique and more. Las Senoras de Socorro has selected the L.J. Ranch - “Horses of Different Colors” as the starting point home (pictured). This 2006 home is located on the far west side of U.S. Highway 60, in the pristine Black Mountain Ranches. Visitors will be welcomed to “the most unusual 18-acre ranch” and greeted by four life-size metal horses and five live horses in a nearby pasture. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
"The stories and struggles around national security and the protection of civil liberties associated with these confinement sites continue to resonate today," said Mary A. Bomar, Director of the National Park Service. "This is a great opportunity for people across the country to provide their thoughts about this new program and what criteria should be used to evaluate future grant proposals." [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Movies at the Museum admission is free; first come, first seated. As the Museum is cool, you may wish to bring a sweater for your comfort. The Phoenix Art Museum is located at the NE Corner of Central Avenue and McDowell Road. 1625 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004. Sunday, October 7. 1 p.m.
Discussion dates and locations:
- 10/06/07 Saturday - Elementary school, 9am-12pm - Huachuca City
- 10/17/07 Wednesday - Faras Elementary, 6-9pm - Pirtleville
- 10/30/07 Tuesday - Coronado Vineyards, 6-9pm - Willcox
- 11/07/07 Wednesday - Portal Rescue, 6-9pm - Portal
- 11/17/07 Saturday - Cochise College, 9am-12pm - Benson
- 11/28/07 Wednesday - Valley View School, 6-9pm - Palominas
- 12/05/07 Wednesday - Coronado School, 6-9pm - Hereford
- 12/15/07 Saturday - Tombstone High School, 9am-12pm - Tombstone
- 1/16/08 Wednesday - Pomerene School, 6-9pm
- 1/24/08 Thursday - Sunsites Community Ctr., 9am-12pm
- 2/06/08 Wednesday - Elfrida Community Ctr., 6-9pm
- 2/20/08 Wednesday - San Simon Elementary, 6-9pm
- 3/05/08 Wednesday - Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 6-9pm
Here are some points you might consider making at the sessions: the County should strive to protect and preserve the area's heritage resources, including historic places and archaeological sites; take water adequacy into account in land use decisions; go for sustainability in water, not just adequacy; evaluate developing in a sustainable manner focusing on better not bigger; be mindful of existing residents and protecting their quality of life rather than the current structures which favor future residents at the expense of those living here now; take care of and strengthen local small businesses, including food production.
Please encourage Cochise County to emulate what Pima County did with its Comprehensive Plan, which was to utilize biological significance when determining where growth should be directed. This should include mapping regional biological habitat and historic resources; using biological information to determine land use; ensuring landscape connectivity; identifying development standards to be utilized in biologically sensitive areas. [Note: For more information, click here.]
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Biodesign Institute.]
Monday, October 01, 2007
From 1949 to 1995 the building housed a succession of various churches, a radio station and a little theatre. The building became part of the national landmark district Barrio Libre in 1983. In 1995 the non-profit Stone Avenue Temple Project purchased the building and started the much needed restoration. In 2005 the Jewish Historical Society of Southern Arizona merged with the Stone Avenue Temple Project to form The Jewish Heritage Center. The mission of the Jewish Heritage Center is the collection, preservation and teaching of the early Jewish experience in the American Southwest and the preservation of the first synagogue building in the Arizona Territory. The 2 p.m. event will feature the noted Jewish historian and author Harriet Rochlin of Los Angeles.