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12/11/2012 3:22:00 PM
Signs point to construction resurgence in Cottonwood
Cottonwood now has most of the appraisal paperwork for the council to make a decision on a possible exchange of the handful of city buildings for the 9-acre Nackard property between 5th and 9th Streets along Main. The exchange proposes to trade the finance building and adjacent parking, clerk’s office and council chambers as well as the City Hall building.
Cottonwood now has most of the appraisal paperwork for the council to make a decision on a possible exchange of the handful of city buildings for the 9-acre Nackard property between 5th and 9th Streets along Main. The exchange proposes to trade the finance building and adjacent parking, clerk’s office and council chambers as well as the City Hall building.

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter


COTTONWOOD -- Without any projects to consider, the Cottonwood Planning and Zoning Commission has not held a commission meeting for three months.

That is about to change.

Cottonwood's Development Services Manager Dan Leuder said, "The number of people talking about new projects is off the scale during the past couple months." While home construction continues to infill the three subdivisions -- Gray Fox, Mesquite Hills and Kindra Estates -- most of the proposals are commercial.

Development has been remarkable in Old Town during the recession, but it is growing even more.

Leuder said one project under consideration is a 40-unit apartment complex. There is also 20-acre property that is getting a lot of attention.

Microbreweries are suddenly the hot item with craft beers as opposed to wine tasting. Leuder said, "We have heard about four or five microbreweries that want to open in Cottonwood."

Now that Old Town's Main Street is near capacity, developers are looking to the adjacent streets. People have asked about the two lots that the city acquired when it bought out Gardner's Recycling. Most of the land near the jail will be parking, but an old house and barn have occupied two small properties on Yavapai Street. The barn has now been salvaged and the house will be torn down, eventually.

Leuder said the sides of the Main Street blocks facing residential zoning are also commercially-zoned and the city has upgraded the water lines and sidewalks in those areas. Last year it was 1st Street on the east side. Work is nearly complete this year on Cactus on the west side. The new parking area behind Orion's is now to be paved as well.

The City Council just approved a contract to rebuild the council chambers building. Like the adjacent clerk's office next door, the original structure was 'rock solid' construction. But, it's the additions in the back of the building that are failing. "They are not to code. The mortar is like baby powder," Leuder said.

The two additions will be removed and storage and an ADA-compliant restroom and will be rebuilt.

Speaking of city buildings, Leuder said Cottonwood now has most of the appraisal paperwork for the council to make a decision on a possible exchange of the handful of city buildings for the 9-acre Nackard property between 5th and 9th Streets along Main. The exchange proposes to trade the finance building and adjacent parking, clerk's office and council chambers as well as the City Hall building.

The city believes it can build a new comprehensive city hall and park on the Nackard land and have property remaining to sell for commercial development.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, December 17, 2012
Article comment by: itsy bitsy Spider

Stop and think for a minute, Mr. Smith. Did you really mean to imply enterprising individuals in Cottonwood, Yavapai County, and Arizona can't look around and proceed on their own? In my experience, the people who turn crises around are those who don't wait for politicians to get their act together.

However, old Gimme The Facts here does seem to be ignoring the fact Barrack Obama would also like to know what Romney could have told him if the President had included the House majority leader and Senate minority leader in their little chat.




Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2012
Article comment by: Danny Smith

Fear mongering class warfare? There is no such thing. It was a campaign made up during the campaign by the DNC to smear Romney. Anyone not blinded by liberal fantasy world propoganda would know that. How's that new strain of Hawaiin red or are your entitlement checks enough to cover it. As far as business and the economy let's compare Romney and Barry's experience... Romney very succesful in the business world and has helped create thousands of tax paying jobs in the U.S., Barry uummm ahh well ummm, geesh has he ever even held a regular job? He was not even a very effective Senator. It will be interesting to see how long you keep blaming Bush for Obumma's failures, Heck Bond is blaming stuff on George Washington and Thomas Jefferson still. By the way the businesses that were referred to as opening back up all closed under Barry's first term, but I guess that's old George's fault too.

Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2012
Article comment by: Mary Jane

@ Danny,

How's that fear-mongering, class-warfare working for ya?


Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: Gimme the facts

Please explain how Romney would have been better for the economy, Danny Smith?

Cause he NEVER really told us how he was going to do it.

I am sure Romney himself would like to know!

I certainly would like to know . . .


Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: 2 fine examples of the differing points of view.. .

from each side of the coin...

could things be better...sure...always.

is it as dire as mr. smith would have folks believe? far from it. while he only sees the closed businesses he mist be missing the following- KFC reopened and was packed, the old tattoo shop in old town is becoming a pizza place, the sundial is getting renovated... another tire shop opening, several folks looking at the old arbys... and the list goes on.

where you see failure we see opportunitym how odd is that... seems the shoe is on the other foot now and maybe it's just a little to big for the naysayers to fill?

glass half full or empty indeed...


Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: Danny Smith

Consumer confidence growing and growing? Barry is killing the commerce it may be growing but at a snails pace. Look around Cottonwood at the empty businesses and rumours of more closing. Romney would have been magnitudes better for our economy. But then your entitlement checks may get lowered and you can't have that.

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: Mary Jane

Without the threat of a Romney lead Corporate raid on the middle class, consumer confidence seems to be growing and growing!



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