Mik called the meeting to order.
Candace, the property manager of the Junction, reported on the recent developments of the building. They are finishing the interiors of the apartment, and the landscaping and pavement construction started today. Some residents will be moving in July for early move in.
Eric and Mark Herman reported on their upcoming project, The Hermanos Wine Bar, which is set to open around this October. The brothers brought a sketch of a courtyard community amenity space they are planning to provide. The establishment will include a beer and wine bar, a kitchen, and a library in the back. They are currently waiting on their liquor license, and the hearing is scheduled for august 5th. Erika M. made a motion to draft a letter on behalf of the neighborhood in support of their liquor application. Rick C. seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously.
The neighborhood association honored John Sedwick, executive director of Fourth Avenue Merchant’s Association, who is retiring this year. Erika M. presented Mr. Sedwick with a card signed by members of the Iron Horse community, and a 1940 edition of the book “Canary Row.” Erika said, “FAMA has been a true partner. We are an economically viable, sustained neighborhood, thanks to them.” Debbie Chandler, the new executive director of FAMA also came to speak. She thanked Mr. Sedwick and said she is “very impressed with the changes John has made” and “John has made 4th Avenue what it is.”
There will be no Fourth of July party this year, due to a lack of volunteers. Last month, it was suggested by Mik that we transfer funds (2,000$) from the 4th of July party to a possible Block Party. This Block Party would take place on the street in front of Empire Market and the Buffet Bar. The party would be centered on the lighting of the Empire Market sign, which is set to be complete in late July. Andy M. raised the concern that the neighborhood would be spending a lot of money to promote a party that would be for the benefit of two merchants in the neighborhood. He also expressed concerns about noise, and said the event would be disruptive to him. He said that past events sponsored by the Buffet Bar have been disruptive. Mik W. brought up the fact that the Block Party was his idea, and that it wasn’t created by the Buffet Bar owners.Rick C. said that he never thought of the Block Party idea as a promotion of their business, but the historic element of the sign. Erika M. made a motion to plan the Block Party, and Marilyn seconded the motion. The motion passed, with 3 opposed. A committee was gathered to plan the party, including Rick C, Dante, Mik, and Erika. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us through the list serve: <www.yahoo.groups.com/groups/ihna>
The Street Car Celebration is an event that will be taking place starting on Saturday, July 6th. The event theme will be a summer in the city celebration. All of the downtown neighborhoods will be involved, and saver cards will be sold for 5$ to support local merchants. For more information, go to <tucsonsummer.com>
Erika M. reported that in recognition of National Independents Week, Local First Arizona will honor locally owned businesses in Tucson from Sunday June 29th, to Sunday, July 6th. The kickoff party will begin on July 29th from 4pm to 8pm in downtown Tucson. Erika M. will be gibing away 50 free saver cards!
Rick C. reported on the Broadway Widening Project. It has become a very controversial issue, because there isn’t a need to widen the street of Broadway like there was 20 years ago. Funding for this project has built up, but many people are feeling that not only is this project a waste of money, it would also demolish many historic buildings. Instead, the idea was brought up to do improvements on the street with bike stops, landscapes, ect. However, the RTA and the county are saying that they will no longer fund the project if the plan is changed.
In other news, Marilyn announced that the Buffet Bar’s 80th birthday party will be Saturday, November 1st!
Mik W. concluded the meeting.
There will be no meeting in July. See you at the next meeting, on August 21st!
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