Julia Keen Elementary school in Tucson was closed in 2004 due to the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s flight path. Between 2005 and 2013 the school was occupied by the nonprofit organization World Care which left due to water pipe damage.
Today three proposals compete to occupy the school, including Julia Keen Property Association, Penske Truck Leasing and the Flowers and Bullets collective.
Julia Keen Property Association has partnered with Warehouse Arts Management Organization, Tucson Pima Arts Council and Peach Properties to create a green space or urban farm using a part of the property where the old school is located. They plan to offer an industrial community kitchen, storage space for personal use, workspace for artists and space for other uses.
Penske Truck Leasing, a truck company, was looking to purchase 4 acres of the abandoned school property for parking for their facility located nearby. It was opposed by the neighborhood association, as well as the Flowers and Bullets collective. The association was against any heavy commercial or industrial use of the property in question.
The Flowers and Bullets want to turn property into a midtown farm where they can grow vegetables and sell them at a farmers market they are also planning to start. The collective is also looking to offer education and art workshops.
The compromise can be reached if the neighborhood association and the collective agree to work together, as the former are focused on the building, while the latter need the land for farming.