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2/6/2014 1:43:00 PM
Proposed Old Town microbrewery, brewpub delayed for two weeks
From left, Suehiko Ono and Richard Wrubel listens as Robert Conlin speaks to council. VVN/Jon Hutchinson
From left, Suehiko Ono and Richard Wrubel listens as Robert Conlin speaks to council. VVN/Jon Hutchinson

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

COTTONWOOD - The Cottonwood City Council delayed for two weeks consideration of the sale of the old Cottonwood Recreation building to a group that intends to build a microbrewery, restaurant and brewpub in the building.

The partnership that calls itself The Cottonwood Brewing Company LLC was the only one of 10 original applicants that followed up with a complete Request for Proposal submission. While the original appraisal put the value at $225,000, the city said the fair market value of the property would be $150,000 after the city re-surveyed the land to retain some of the property. The partners are also proposing to invest $1.2 million into the building, equipment and development. They have offered $100,000 for the property.

The three partners were on hand for the Tuesday meeting: Robert D. Conlin Jr., operator of Bobby D's Barbeque and the English Kitchen in Jerome, Suehiko Ono, and Richard Julian Wrubel. Both Ono and Wrubel are in real estate with links to Diamond Resorts in Sedona. Ono is an attorney and Wrubel a mortgage broker.

The three will invest capital in the operation and develop the plan. According to the proposal, Conlin will become the general manager. Scott Buckley of Clarkdale's Main Street Café and Pizzeria is proposed to operate the restaurant. The operation's beer consultant will be Mother Road Brewing Company of Flagstaff.

Wrubel opened by saying that "Cottonwood is much 'cooler' than Sedona for opportunity and excitement." He also brings an architectural background to the mix.

Ono told the council, he moved from the East Coast five years ago. He said the proposed development would meet the city standards. He noted that the architectural drawings were merely "representational."

Councilman Terence Pratt hailed the proposal, "I love the idea; it is an element that we have needed to add to the community ambiance."

Tom Pender, who operates the successful Rendezvous in Old Town next door, was cautions. He said that, while a supporter of Old Town development, parking is still a problem on the south end of Main. He said he would like to see the city get the maximum value and sustainability, not to be taken from other properties.

Wrubel said the brewpub would bring new consumers to the Old Town area.

City Attorney Steve Horton said the additional time would give the city the opportunity to talk with the partners to make sure that the plans conform to the city's RFP and the development is built as proposed.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Article comment by: Fact Check

@this changes everything you might want to actually research a subject before you pontificate incorrect accusations. The packet for proposals on the building (which is public information and was also on the city website) detailed the amount of property and appraised value for the smaller lot in great detail. Read before you incorrectly react.

Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014
Article comment by: SEDONA, LOVE IT OR LEAVE

Better yet, leave.

Cottonwood is much 'cooler' than Sedona for opportunity and excitement.

Sedona was also cool until it was inundated and permeated by, well, you know.

Mr. Wrubel and Ono: We here in the Verde Valley pay attention to our neighbors and we all want the best for all of us. We read this website, and these are very small towns and cities.

Comparing or talking down a place like Sedona that has been your paycheck for so long is not cool or appreciated.

Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014
Article comment by: This Changes Everything, ask your lawyers...

If you have resurveyed the land and changed the dynamic of the opportunity, you must start the proposal over to allow for those who could submit proposals for the lower amount of space and costs.
Simple, right?
It is that simple.

Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014
Article comment by: Beer Guzler

Looks like we're going to get over priced beer
after selling underpriced real estate. 100k for that prime corner location? I'd like to see that
appraisal. City of Cottonwood subsidizes yuppie brewpub. How about dropping our
water rates.

Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Article comment by: Bob O'Brien

Scott does a great job with Main Street. Hope everything goes thru.

Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Have a Brew and get on with the meeting.

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