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2/1/2014 1:07:00 PM
City to decide on sale of former parks building as Old Town brewpub
The former Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Center is beng proposed as a microbrewery and restaurant brewpub.
The former Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Center is beng proposed as a microbrewery and restaurant brewpub.

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

The Cottonwood City Council Tuesday will be asked to approve the sale of the former Cottonwood Parks and Recreation building in Old Town to become a microbrewery and restaurant brewpub.

The council will meet Feb. 4, 6 p.m., in the Old Town Council Chambers, 826 N. Main St.

Three local partners, calling their business Cottonwood Brewing Company, LLC, are proposing the city sell the building for $100,000.

They have proposed a timeline of one year to get permitting, restore and update the building, and install the needed equipment.

The plan is to restore and preserve the original architectural structure, while enhancing the 1928-era building style, but adding a modern-rustic décor. The partners intend to maintain its historic character by highlighting the rough concrete exterior while reviving farm-like elements that characterized early Verde Valley agricultural construction.

Ten packets were picked up for Cottonwood's request for proposal, but the only one returned was for Cottonwood Brewing at the deadline.

The structure was appraised by the city at $225,000, but the city intends to limit the property to the building structure and keep parking public.

The staff memo also recognizes the building needs significant repair.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014
Article comment by: Auction off the building and let the highest binder win!

Advertise the building, then put it up for auction.

Bob, I'll raise your bid to $115000. I'd like to buy it too for $100,000!!!!

How about turning the building into Dinner House Theater so you can dine and watch a play?

Have there been any other proposals or offers to buy the building?

Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014
Article comment by: Ignorance is bliss in Cottonwood

When the building was appraised at $225k don't you think the appraisers could see all the problems with it. Therefore it was appraised at $225k considering all the problems. If if was in good repair, it would have gone much higher in a historical district.

Cottonwood Brain Trust, is there not one brain among you?

Or you do you conservatives just love to enrich the rich at your own expense?

Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014
Article comment by: Jeff Christian

No name, Nay Saying person, have you ever stepped foot into the club and or tried to help the club or children in any way? If yes, thank you. If not, shame on you. Accusations you say? Just truth I say. The $1 a month rent was put into place over 15 years ago so your point is not valid and yes the city was very generous with the $10K gift and slated $25K for 2014 on a $70+ million budget. Renovations you say? The city is the landlord and therefore tenant improvements have been needed over the years. Time has not been spent on improving the building and the areas surroundings the club unless it has to do with promoting Old Town agenda. The point is: The City has to and should promote economic development however with their $70+ million budget they should look at assisting in relocating the Boys & Girls Club out of Old Town because the bars, pubs and so called future smoke dens is not a conducive environment for the children and their families of Cottonwood.

Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014
Article comment by: @ who is... -

Well a google search pulls up a possible option but who know how accurate that is.

As far as any 'special deals'- that is a loaded supposition... that indicates your predetermined position.

As far as answering questions 'publicly', perhaps you could answer why you are asking them anonymously first?

In fact the item is on the agenda for the public meeting held tomorrow evening, so please attend and ask all the questions you like, publicly of course.

From a citizen tired of seeing people making false and uninformed statements.

The info. as it sits on the 'public' website... if you care to look.

Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014
Article comment by: More Than Meets the Eye

I have seen this building and have actually been inside. There is black mold everywhere, asbestos, and one wall is rotting away. I was afraid to be in the building. So, if the microbrewery wants to buy the building with all these problems then they should get the discount because it will cost what they are saving to repair the building. That is what the city is wanting to do. They know that the building is in need of repair and they do not want to spend tax payers money to fix all this up. Sell the building and let the new owners take care of the problems. If the microbrewery is willing to fix the problems then let them. Until then no one should be allowed in the building. It is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014
Article comment by: Who is Suehiko Ono?

Why does his Sedona Brewing Company deserve a special deal from the City of Cottonwood?

And why do city representatives never answer questions publicly?

Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2014
Article comment by: Bob Loblaw

Put the building for sale with a bidding process. I'll give them $110K, sight unseen! It looks like a great place for a Hash Den!

Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2014
Article comment by: here come the nay saying know it alls -

let the accusations fly...

but heaven forbid you actually attend a meeting, read any minutes, or actually call city staff.

i guess the city giving the B&G club basically free rent and that $10,000.00 last year.

or all the help with budgets and renovations.

flame on but consider what you really say.

Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2014
Article comment by: Pay back!

If the city sells this $225K building for $100K, shouldn't the first $125K worth of beer be free to Cottonwood residents?

Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2014
Article comment by: Smokin' deal

I think this is a great idea and stands to be a terrific addition to Old Town.

And if they get it for $100K, man you are looking at one smokin' deal right there.

More power to those who put this proposal together. Go get it.

Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2014
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Build baby Build.Develope and re-develop
till the dawns early light.Do not stop till it's all

Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2014
Article comment by: Jeff Christian

Great, isn't this just ducky. I knew this was coming. Another brewery built in old town and so close to the Boys & Girls Club? The city government has lost their way.
When is a brewery more important than children? When it's in Old Town Cottonwood, AZ.
What will be their next move?? I foresee the park in old town becoming a parking lot.
And whats really crazy, selling the building $125K below it's appraisal. I wonder how many closed door / side pocket meetings was held before this decision was made? I understand progression but at what cost to the citizens of Cottonwood.

Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2014
Article comment by: Can it be licensed for a Budpub & Brewpub too?

There could be a separate room for Medical Marijuana Card holders so they can smoke and have dinner. Think of all the munchies they would buy!

Posted: Saturday, February 1, 2014
Article comment by: Cottonwood Resident

Do we really need another place for people to drink and get drunk? There's enough of these places already. Why doesn't somebody turn this historical building into a museum depicting Cottonwoods' past. I recently watched "Desert Fury" filmed in Cottonwood in 1947, and the town has a lot of history. Forget the liquor hangouts, let's preserve history!

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