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Meeting Date: 09/20/2023  
From: Mark Reavis, Heritage Preservation Officer and Neighborhood Planner

McAllister Ranch (Forman's House & Barns) as Urban Farm Site
Heritage Preservation Commission to endorse the concept of using the McAllister Ranch Forman's site for Urban Farming, with any work meeting the US Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation and being done in consultation with the Historic Preservation Officer.
Executive Summary:
Flagstaff Sustainability Division has presented the "Concept" of utilizing the McAllister Rach Forman's site (eligible for the National Register) for Urban Farm production. Early discussions have lead to working with NAU Sustainability Class in evaluating the site for food production. This is a proposed expansion of current efforts located adjacent to the Sustainability Office. The use appears to be ideal as an adaptive reuse of the site. The former corrals for animals define various area for farm food production. The site has an existing water cistern and adjacent near by water service to a Public Works pump house facility. The current concept includes the 2 barns, cistern and corral areas and some areas north of the FUTS that includes historic fencing. It is further envisioned in a later phase that the Forman's house could be used as an educational classroom. It is critical that a use be found for the McAllister Ranch Forman's site to preserve this important component of Flagstaff history.
Financial Impact:
Funding will need to be secured.
Policy Impact:
Farming is an allowable use in a Public Facility (PF) zone
Connection to PBB Priorities/Objectives, Carbon Neutrality Plan & Regional Plan:
Meet priorities and objectives
Has There Been Previous Council Decision on This:
Action at this parcel relate to the relocation of the Public Work Facility on this large parcel. The historic portion of this parcel is the McAllister Ranch Forman's site West of the Public Works Facility and new pump house.
Ranch photo Urban Farm


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