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8/15/2013 2:55:00 PM
Old city parks building eyed as microbrewery
Located next to the Cottonwood Civic Center, the former Cottonwood Parks and Recreation office was originally built as a church. VVN/Jon Hutchinson
Located next to the Cottonwood Civic Center, the former Cottonwood Parks and Recreation office was originally built as a church. VVN/Jon Hutchinson

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter


Cottonwood has been approached to sell the old city Parks and Recreation building in the 700 block of North Main Street.

The building, located next to the Cottonwood Civic Center, was originally built as a church and was used for the Parks staff and weight room prior to the construction of the new Recreation Center.

Cottonwood's Development Services Manager Dan Lueder says two parties have approached the city with an interest in the old building; one party would be interested in establishing a microbrewery there.

City officials admit that the building is not in the best of shape, but the parties want the building for its location in the Old Town Main Street corridor.

Lueder says the building recently was appraised at a value of $224,000. That value is below the half-million dollar value threshold that would require that the property face a public vote for its sale.

Councilman Randy Garrison was worried the city not "give away" the buffer at the rear of the building. Lueder says he will look at the property lines.

The city is eager to move to a new city hall facility and return the Old Town municipal buildings to commercial use. Sale of the old building might be the first step. The only occupant of the building is the Thrift Store for the Adopt for Life shelter, which knows its lease is contingent upon future sale of the building.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: hooray team

Actually sounds like a fun idea. I would encourage all creative, entertaining, interesting businesses for old town.

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: Patrick Hernandez

Re: "As to residents in Old Town, you have my sympathies. This area is no longer considered anything but tourist row". I have to disagree, our family goes to old town for entertainment. We enjoy the Farmers Market in summer. We check out local and touring musical acts. We enjoy the many food establishments that grace old town cottonwood. I've been in Cottonwood off and on since the 1960's. I've seen old town in it's sleepy little town mode. I've seen it spiral downward into despair. And now in it's renaissance, we have a gem of a place to take family and friends for entertainment day or night.

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Lets bulldoze down some houses so we'll have more parking near the Micro -Brew.
Wino's and Beer freaks,that should be worth
your Two Bucks.Can't wait for St Paddys day.


Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Are you KIDDING???

Wait, never mind, I can answer my own question. No, they're NOT kidding. They seriously believe yet ANOTHER alcohol focused establishment is a good addition to Old Town's "new and improved, renovated up-and-coming community feeling*

Unbelievable. Talk about the lowest common denominator for bringing people together!


Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Da dum da de dum da dum dum...

TEQUILA!!!

(Agave is more SUSTAINABLE than grapes!)


Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: Old town needs a Head shop again.

I'll take marijuana over alcohol any day!

Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2013
Article comment by: The new Whisky Row?

Can you see the writing on the wall.... take a look at "Everybody's Hometown" on the other side of the mountain? The central feature is a perpetual string of arts and crap shows by day- and a beer swilling bar band festival by night. And did you hear the one about the rehab facility up the street?? Learn from your elders.

Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013
Article comment by: AT Least We Got Rid of the Druggie

Remember that "smoke shop" on a second floor in Old Town? At least we got rid of that. As to residents in Old Town, you have my sympathies. This area is no longer considered anything but tourist row.

Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Babbitt

Take your pick.

Yale,
Yale study: Alcohol’s gateway effect much larger than marijuana’s
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/08/22/yale-study-alcohols-gateway-effect-much-larger-than-marijuanas/

University of Florida,
UF study shows long-term drug abuse starts with alcohol
http://news.ufl.edu/2012/07/10/alcohol-gateway/

NIH, American School Health Association
Alcohol as a gateway drug: a study of US 12th graders.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22712674


Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013
Article comment by: old town resident

OK, I can understand returning some old buildings to a commercial opportunity for someone. But do we have to have yet another alcohol oriented business in our neighborhood?? Once again I have to state that people actually LIVE in Old Town. I'm happy people find it charming and so forth, but seriously why so MUCH booze in a such a small area of town? There are enough people aimlessly wandering down my very private street as it is.

Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013
Article comment by: Lessee, 5 wineries and now a brewery

Can you say 'sobriety check points at both ends of main St.?'



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