HISTORIC OVERLAY EXPANSION
There was a great turnout for the informal meeting on June 23. About 35 residents joined us.
This is the first project that is being undertaken by E-HOOD CORONADO
Barbara Stocklin for helping us understand the overlay and the process.
Bob Cannon president of Willo Association for filling us in on experience.
Audrie Garrison from the Phoenix Republic for the article Expansion of Coronado district posed http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/0625phx-coronado0627.htmland helping the e-hood get the printed word out…..
Steve Procaccini CNA board member and “flyer-passer-outer”.
Everyone else who spread the word and participated in person and online.
The Coronado Neighborhood is a large neighborhood MAP http://www.historicehood.com/the%20neighborhood/images/coronado%20map.html. Within that neighborhood are three presently designated Historic Districts http://www.historicehood.com/Coronado%20Expansion%20Project/expansion%20maps.html. It is the Coronado Historic district that is looking to expand. The district was formed in the mid 80's and expanded once in 2000. There are presently more homes that are now historically eligible, and residence believe that there are numerous in the area that are contributors to the historic character of the neighborhood.
This process is one where the Historic Preservation Department of Phoenix, HP, recommend to the Historic Preservation Commission http://phoenix.gov/HISTORIC/histcomm.html to fund a survey and make designation recommendations as to new expanded boundaries, this link can provide you a better understanding as to how the process would move forward and who is involved. Pierson Place Survey http://phoenix.gov/pub/HISTORIC/pierson.pdf conducted by the HP Department in January 2005 can give you an idea as to what the survey actually is; this link is a good way to better educate yourself as to the City process. Early in this fall the HP Department will then forward this to the City Council for approval. Keeping in mind this is funding for the survey and designation, not the actual survey or designation itself. If approved this is an 18 month process before all the final recommendation are made and designation approved. There will be plenty of opportunity to work with the HP Department during the survey and also provide input and neighborhood recommendations before the final presentation to City Council.
For more general information please visit the Historic Preservation Page http://www.historicehood.com/main%20pag ... npage.html on this E-Hood Coronado web site http://www.historicehood.com/index.html.
For information on the grant programs, guidelines, city contacts etc ....explore the City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Department web site http://phoenix.gov/NBHDPGMS/histpres.html. There are always many questions raised about this.
THE MEETING ON THE 23 UPDATE
At the meeting, the question and answer period lasted the full two hours and Barbara Stocklin was able to address all the questions raised and also explained in detail what is involved in the City process for expansion. The informal atmosphere gave the neighbors a relaxed beginning, offering a comfortable environment for everyone asking their specific questions, and all of us getting to know one another, a great beginning to what will be a formal city process.
It will be the Historic Preservation Commission at their July 16th, 2007 annual 3:00 work session that will be making a final decision on the “Coronado Survey and designation” that will be required for the further expansion of our current historic overlay. So in roughly a month after that meeting, we will have more direction to work from as a neighborhood. It looks like an early start was a good idea to let us get organized. If approved, on the 16th, then sometime in early Fall the Historic Preservation Department will forward the “survey and designation schedule” (keeping in mind this is the survey schedule not the actual results) on to the City Council for approval.
We will be drafting a “letter of support” for CNA membership approval at the July meeting, which will be presented to the HP Commission. We will also be encouraging all interested parties to attend the open Historic Preservation Commission meeting on the 16th to ensure “neighborhood interest” on the decision. We do not know the time and location at the moment but will post that when it is available. This expansion is something that only happens with neighbor support. I think we are off to a good start.
HOW TO REMAIN IN TOUCH AND INFORMED
This update as well as past, and future updates will always be available on line at the project page http://www.historicehood.com/Coronado%2 ... 0main.html, archived information will also be there linked on the right. Explore, join in, or just be informed on this project. Additional information about Historic Preservation with links to the City Historic Preservation office is on the site as well. You can be included on the e-mail list by e-mail me direct email@example.com. Out of respect, distribution to your e-mail will be in the form of BCC. If you are on the Discussion List Serve http://www.coronadoneighborhood.com/mai ... tpage.html then the same updates will be posted there. You can also access updates on the GCNA Forum and Coronado News. Understanding that not everyone is online, we will be depending on the Dispatch to offer print updates to those who cannot be reached by electronic means. It is important that your neighbors know about this exciting project that will improve our neighborhood, so past the word.
We certainly cannot begin to answer all of the questions in this posting. You are welcome to make comments and ask questions at the posting on the E-hood Coronado forum. Many questions were asked at the first meeting and many of us have the answers for you.
We are looking forward to an open process with as much neighbor participation as possible.
SUBMITTED WAYNE MURRAY