This is a place for discussions of historic preservation in Armory Park, and what benefits and challenges it presents. Local history is another subject addressed here and in web pages. I will publish articles here when it seems helpful; readers are invited to comment. To support the mission of this site, acceptable comments are those that contribute to reasonable historic preservation, better understanding of our history and serve the interests of Armory Park residents. Others may be invited to post here also. Please let me know if you want to do so.

Welcome & Background

 At the start of 2019, the Armory Park Historic Zone Advisory Board (APHZAB) began an effort to update its guidelines for project review. Over 30 months later there is still no approved update to the guidelines. The guidelines are important because they inform project applicants and give guidance to the board in its deliberations. 

The board formed a working group to draft the details of an updated guidelines document and I was designated as the editor to integrate the others' input. The result of that work has been presented twice to the Plans Review Subcommittee (PRS) of the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission. The guidelines seem no closer to adoption. Since it seems unlikely that guidelines will be approved in a reasonable time-frame, I have made a first try at providing a document as a stopgap source of information. 

The work of the APHZAB team was very thorough and reflects both regulatory requirements and the past practices of the board in applying the regulations. To be clear, the APHZAB approved the guidelines that are the basis for this document. Only a guidelines document officially adopted through the entire process can be directive.  Lacking that, more detailed information can certainly be helpful. The review process is not speedy but the more you know the quicker the process can work. 

This informational document is a part of this new blog site and the companion website. They work together to provide helpful information and platform for discussing historic preservation. These sites are a work in progress so changes are inevitable and your feedback is wanted. The menu at the left can take you to some subjects that may be useful for you. You can also to directly to the website by following this link: . Once there, detailed information is found by perusing the menu. It may not be visible on smaller screens so you may need to click the menu symbol (upper left corner). Either way, then select Detailed Information. You can scroll through the information but since it is a long one, you may want to download the PDF version. 

Please let me know how it works for you and suggest any improvements for easier use. 

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