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2/21/2012 1:12:00 PM
'Rough Cut' to get new owner?

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

COTTONWOOD - A proposal to convert the Rough Cut athletic facility near Cottonwood's Riverfront Park into a city hall apparently will not proceed.

It appears the stately brick structure on Main Street at 10th will be used as a medical-related facility.

Cottonwood City Manager Doug Bartosh said the city was outbid by Verde Valley Medical Center during the recent trustee sale.

"Verde Valley Medical Center's Board of Directors has expressed interest in the possible purchase of the Riverfront Commons property located at 637 N. Main St., Cottonwood," said James Bleicher, M.D., president and CEO of Verde Valley Medical Center. "At this time, conversations are in the preliminary stage and no formal agreements or arrangements have been made."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: b trout

There are people of vision who look to the future and work toward consensus to make life better. I applaud the rec center, the old town area, the town library to name but a few places that provide for a better quality of life. Seven years ago when I moved to Arizona I met people in Cottonwood who believed in improving their community through better government infrastructure and services and today those same people are still at it. If I can sell my Camp Verde property I will relocate to Cottonwood and be one of those who sees possibilities and not limitations.

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012
Article comment by: i wonder how much longer the

hospital will keep the building empty?

will they now be at least taking responsibility for the upkeep of the site? Weeds etc?

Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012
Article comment by: What A Shame

Who ever got the building got the deal of the century. Too bad we tax payers did not benefit. It would have been a great city hall and the current buildings the city has could have been rented out to enhance the appeal of Old Town. Now I know there will be a howl from the cheap skates who hate government. But if we do not make progress, we slide into decay. It is a shame the hospital is so stuffed with our money that they have to monopolize while snubbing the cities request to keep them informed of their interest. If you want to get upset, get upset with the arrogance of the medical industry!

Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2012
Article comment by: Marty Nelson

" Just be thankfull we don't get ALL the government we pay for" Will Rogers

Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Article comment by: Jim durey

Sorry Coyote lane the people did not vote for the rec center they were asked to vote for bonding, nothing else, the whole brochure sent out was misleading and if anybody would have complained to the state it would have been stopped.

Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Article comment by: coyote lane

The facts are that the Rec Center was built based on a popular vote of the citizens of Cottonwood.

Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Article comment by: verde commentator

The City of Cottonwood has turned down the lights at the rec center...was told they are trying to you have to play basketball in semi-darkness! SMART!! But give the City Manager another raise! No worrying about economizing there!

Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Article comment by: Not surprised again

This should not surprise anyone. Cottonwood would rather build a new one at the expense of all the tax payers. Wake up people and get involved in what this City is doing with your money. Put one group out of business so they can build a $20 million dollar rec center and let the rough Cut sit for 5 years empty, now they can't have it. Really??

Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Article comment by: Jim West

Gee after the city of Cottonwood puts a company out of business before it can open they want to bid on the building? Think about it instead of a free enterprise business opening in Cottonwood the Cottonwood city council decided to build a rec. center. One they don't no how to run and can't afford to staff. Menwhile a private company is trying to open a rec center but gets put out of business because the city wants to be part of the free enterprise system. Bad Karma in here some where.

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