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6/20/2013 12:54:00 PM
Letter: Downtown Cottonwood doesn't need modernizing


I posted this on Facebook after being in my Valley for the MUHS reunion. I was class of '72.

WHY did someone turn the jail into a tearoom? I was told they gutted it and filled it up with frou-frou and now it has lost any semblance of what it was! I hope this is not the case!

I also noticed the building directly across the street from it has been 'modernized' and totally changed from what it formally was also.

If we sit idly by and don't speak up, each and every building will slowly be changed to look like any other modern building in downtown LA or NY! I know some of them need work, and can still be maintained in their original style and keep their "faces."

TALK to the City Council, and any of the committees involved in the decision making, go to the meetings, tell them we don't want any more "modernizing" of the downtown area. I know it will make a difference if they know we care. They need our input.

Raise the roof, Marauders! Don't let people make our valley look like the towns they came from.

We can make a difference!

Detta Cavanagh-Marshall

Garden Grove (temporarily)

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Article comment by: Let's do a good/ bad change comparison

Pave the streets? Good change

Add curbs and gutter? Good change

Add street lights? Good change

Plant trees? Good change

Change the dilapidated 'historic' Old Jail building? Ooooo, Bad change.

I could make a million dollars if I could just sell a "life' to all who need to get one.

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Article comment by: Sasha Payne-Diaz

Lighten up already. There are still bums napping in the park at the corner of Main and Willard. That should make anyone feel right at home in Old Town.

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Article comment by: Monika Cate

My husband and I have lived in Old Town since 2004 and before that have supported business here for many years, almost daily, driving in from Cornville. We moved here because we loved the history and over the last 9 years watched the changes both with delight
and trepidation. In reading the responses to the letter writer I am surprised by the black & white views many have on bringing business to Old Town and historic preservation. Why would one preclude the other? Both can happen at the same time and will insure future business more than shortsighted introduction of non historic facades. As to the new Tea Room: I almost fainted when I saw it, it could have been done so much better staying true to the context and I am sure, as a tea drinker, I would have checked it out...but no. It makes a difference to me how well a business is integrated into the history and only those that do I support.

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Article comment by: Sammi Arden

We are thrilled with the renovations of this old town! We also love and appreciate having these fantastic, great quality restaurants to enjoy with our friends and family!

It is a great feeling to have our good friends from Phoenix to look forward to coming here to join us for a great meal, and great time- as they look forward to the wonderful dining experience, etc.

In my opinion, we currently have the best restaurants around for miles!!! Our thanks to Eric and all the others who are involved and enthusiastic about making such wonderful improvements.

As a long time resident from Clardale, we are so thankful for all they have contributed! Keep up the great work, it doesn't go unappreciated! We LOVE it!~

The Arden's

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Article comment by: Karen Leff

Thank you “Appropriate Use” for reading the Cottonwood Hotel webSite. I appreciate all who share an interest in preserving Cottonwood’s Cultural Heritage & Historic Properties.

From the ground floor of the Main Street Program through twenty years of resilience, there are still some of us around from the early 90’s and some still in business. Reviving our Main Street didn’t just happen in the last three years. And might I ask, was it the historic district that brought you to Old Town?

Old timers, merchants and Main Street Project Managers worked diligently to get the Cottonwood Commercial Historic District added to the National Register of Historic Places in the year 2000---#00000497. This historic district is a group of buildings, properties, and sites located from 712 to 1124 N. Main St. and divided into two categories: contributing and non-contributing. Contributing properties in the district have irreplaceable unique historical, architectural and cultural character. Cottonwood is a rare 1-one-a-kind Commercial Historic District and one to be proud of.

If a property owner has no interest in their properties historic integrity, they pretty much have the right to do what they want with their property, possibly removing yet another contributing property from the National Register listing. If the contributing group falls below 51%, our district will be removed from the National Register. The Cottonwood Commercial Historic District is already threatened, due to new construction and removal of important historical features in the last few years.

If you are interested in educating yourself about the importance of a historic district or land-marking the Secretary of the Interior's Standards offer four distinct approaches to the treatment of historic properties—preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction with guidelines. http://www.nps.gov/tps/standards.htm

There are also TAX INCENTIVES for Preserving Historic Properties:

For those that have an interest in:

1.Safeguarding our historic, aesthetic, and cultural heritage
2. Helping to stabilize and improve property values in historic districts
3. Encouraging civic pride in the beauty and accomplishments of the past
4. Protecting and enhancing the city's attractions for tourists, thereby benefitting business and industry
5. Strengthening the city's economy and
6. Promoting the use of landmarks for the education, pleasure, and welfare of the people of the city.

We need your help…

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Article comment by: To Detta Cavanagh-Marshall

Read the book, "Who Moved My Cheese?"

Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013
Article comment by: Civilizing the Stugis of the SW...

Lock up the rowdy riders in the teahouse!

Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013
Article comment by: Kenny Mollohan

Old Town is so much better than is was. I really look forward to bringing visitors especially,during special events. I don't think the charm of Old Town has been lost but only made more inviting.

Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Article comment by: It seems to me:

One man's clever adaption is another man's absurd travesty. Personally, I'd have given the jail house visitors' center a chance after it had a parking lot next to it. But pricey tea shoppes just aren't my thing. And I wouldn't knock the great job business investors have done in Old Town just over the last three years. I'm sure they have the smarts not to make old town Cottonwood indistinguishable from downtown Phoenix.

Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Article comment by: Christina Williams

As one of the owners of the Wild Rose of Historic Old Town, I invite any of the citizens of our community to come to our shop and see for yourselves what our business is all about. We welcome visitors to come and tour the jail, including one of the original jail cells. Please judge our work for yourselves. We put enormous thought, sweat, blood, and tears into this business and will continue to due so. We have received wonderful support from our fellow shop owners as well as the city and its many employees. We can't thank all of you enough! The community has honestly seemed to be very excited to see some new changes, including us, to Old Town. And we as a community look forward to seeing more inspirational changes that also embrace the spirit and heart of the Verde Valley.

Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Article comment by: Ghost towns ROCK! DUH

Just look at JEROME!!

Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Article comment by: Ghost towns ROCK! DUH

Just look at Jerome!! Durrrrrrrrrrrrrr....

Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Article comment by: PRESERVE HISTORY or go home

I am a 3 generation native of Cottonwood. I am appalled at some of these comments. "Go back to where you came from"????? I am pretty certain that the author would be back in Cottonwood if she returned from whence she came.

I am all for growth, but agree 100% with the author. Growth does not have to involve changing historic buildings. They can be utilized without that. A great example is the Clemenceau Museum (my old grade school). It stands as always, but serves a new purpose.
Buildings can be built, but historic preservation is needed.
I do not care WHEN the old jail was "modernized" or who did it or what it became. It should have been PRESERVED. If new business want to spring up, they should not be allowed to modify historic buildings.

Sounds to me like SOME of you need midol. Perhaps "Old Town Revived!" should go back where they came from. I'll help them pack. Don't let the door hit ya in the arse on the way out.

Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Article comment by: Larry Mosher

I think old town is cool. Big parking spaces
Lots of things to see and do.I do miss ladies night at Kate's, but it is vastly improve over th dump it used to be.
I reccomend it to passengers on my tour bus every trip. Outhouses used tone cool but their time has passed

Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Not to mention the (Sturgis of the Southwest).

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