Clarkdale council approves 'entertainment district' zoning

Mingus, COCSD deliver override presentation

VVN file photo by Jon Pelletier<br>
Clarkdale officials hope having the entertainment district overlay, similar to one approved earlier in Camp Verde, will encourage more businesses to come to downtown.

VVN file photo by Jon Pelletier<br> Clarkdale officials hope having the entertainment district overlay, similar to one approved earlier in Camp Verde, will encourage more businesses to come to downtown.

CLARKDALE - Board members approved a new arts and entertainment overlay district Tuesday, removing obstacles for potential business owners who want to occupy space in the central Clarkdale area.

Business owners can apply for a liquor license exemption from the current zoning rule that states establishments cannot serve alcohol within 300 feet of upper Clarkdale churches, said Jodie Filardo, Clarkdale community and economic development director.

"One of upper Clarkdale's most visible vacant spaces is the building diagonally across the street from the Town Hall Complex, 901 Main Street featuring 10,000 square feet of space," Filardo said. "With the impending opening of the Copper Art Museum (mid-November) across the street and the new possibilities for this location, we're hoping this building will capture the imagination of new tenants."

Filardo said a new 4-8 Wineworks in October is expanding places where people can go for food, fun and drinks.

"We're happy to have these new places joining our Main Street anchor tenants of the 1012 Lounge, Main Street Café and Pizzeria, and Su Casa," she said.

Organized efforts to pass overrides for the Mingus Union High School and Cottonwood-Oak Creek school districts continued Tuesday, with superintendents appearing before Clarkdale's council.

MUHS Superintendent Paul Tighe made the overview presentation, urging everyone to register to vote by the Oct. 7 deadline, Filardo said.

"Dr. Tighe explained that both the Mingus Union High School District and the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District were asking voters for a 10 percent maintenance and operations override in this election cycle," Filardo said. "He also explained passage of the override would not increase current tax bills."

Tighe and COCSD Superintendent Barbara U'Ren answered council members' questions about the impact on class sizes and override-supported programs. This was not an action item on the agenda.

As members of the district, Tighe and U'Ren are allowed to provide information only, and cannot ask voters to support the overrides. Clarkdale resident Ruth Wicks represented Partners in Education and urged council members to vote yes in November.

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