Bill's Newscast: New Downtown Development in Prescott?

22 February 2018  
It’s a building that dates back to 1894. Now being considered for condos.

New development in downtown Prescott?

The Prescott Planning and Zoning Commission meets at 9 this morning to discuss new development in the downtown area.  According to Community Development Director Tom Guice, the building at 130 North Cortez Street dates back to 1894 and has housed a hotel, apartments and various commercial uses.   It’s being proposed condominium units be placed in the 3 story building.  The proposal includes 6 residential dwelling units and 2 commercial units, as well as common areas.  Guice adds the renovation work will meet all code requirements for buildings containing a mix of residential and commercial uses.   The Commission meeting will be held in City Council chambers on South Cortez Street.  

Glassford Hill area zoning changes?

Share your comments on a Prescott Valley zoning map change.  At 5:30 tonight, Town Council will hold a public hearing on the change from Commercial and Residential uses to Public Lands use on 210 acres located on Glassford Hill.  According to Town Planner James Gardner, the Public Lands Zoning District provides for a wide variety of public services. The Glassford Hill Coordination Plan, which was prepared in 2001 by a citizens advisory committee, designates an 1800 acre area between Watson Lake in Prescott and Prescott Valley to be the Glassford Hill Preserve.  The Plan allows public access and uses in the Preserve that are compatible with the existing grazing and conservation activities, and protects Glassford Hill as a gateway attraction of natural beauty.  Town staff believes open space created through Public Lands usage and Glassford Hill Trail will create potential increases in tax dollars through tourism.  The Prescott Valley Town Council meeting will be held in the Library Auditorium, located on Civic Circle.  

Calling all P&Z volunteers in Dewey-Humboldt!

The Town of Dewey-Humboldt is looking for the 7th member of the Planning and Zoning Commission.  There’s a vacancy on the Commission due to a recent resignation.  The primary responsibilities of the Commission are to participate in the development and implementation of the General Plan, periodically review the Capital Improvement Program and perform such other planning functions as the Mayor and Council may direct.  Applications are available at Town Hall on Highway 69. Council will review the applications, select a number of candidates and decide on one of them to be appointed.  For more information, contact Community Planner Steven Brown at 632-7362.  

Do not steal the TVs.

A Clarkdale resident who stole 3 big screen TVs is in custody after he returned to the scene of the crime.  Cottonwood Police Sergeant Monica Kuhlt says 1 week ago, officers were called to the Wal-Mart store on Rodeo Drive regarding someone stealing alcohol. Kuhlt says Isaac had some help with the theft of the televisions. The value of the items taken is more than $1200.  

Trails in Prescott and Sedona

Prescott has more than 50 miles of non-motorized trails, and now the Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition is working on a 27 mile trail system in the Sedona area.  Coalition representatives say construction on the Western Gateway trail is scheduled to start this fall.  This multi-use trail system will be located on the Coconino National Forest.  The primary trailhead will be accessed from West Sedona Cultural Park.  The project will include 3 miles of reroutes of the Girdner Trail, 8 miles of social trails adopted into the system and 16 miles of new trail construction.  According to City of Sedona officials, the Western Gateway Trail will be open to hikers, equestrians, trail runners and mountain bikers.  The Coalition has a goal of raising $75,000 for this project.  Funds raised will only be used for trail construction.  More information on this project is available at westerngatewaytrails.org.   

IRS Scam

The Cottonwood Police Department is warning residents of an IRS scam.  The Department’s Communication Center has received several calls from residents regarding the scam.  The way it works is scammers generate a fake telephone number that originates in Washington, D.C.  This is referred to as spoofing.  The automated message informs the victim they have filed a fraudulent tax return and need to call a phone number provided in the message immediately or they could go to jail.  According to Cottonwood Police Sergeant Monica Kuhlt, many of the citizens who reported it knew it was a scam, but wanted to let police know.  If the IRS has business with you, they won’t call you.  

They will notify you by mail and won’t demand immediate payment using a specific method, threaten to bring police or demand you pay taxes without an opportunity to question or appeal the amount you owe.  For more information, visit irs.gov.   

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