COTTONWOOD – The Planning and Zoning Commission met Monday to consider design approvals for Hippie Emporium, LeMain Development, and Epiphany on Pima, all located in Old Town Cottonwood.
Chairperson Ed Kiyler was absent from the meeting, while newly appointed commission member Robert Hart was present.
Epiphany on Pima
The meeting began with new business first, approving the design review for new signs for Epiphany on Pima, located at 102 E. Pima Street. Applicant Denise Kelly of Sedona was present.
The business will serve as a combination restaurant and bar, and arts and meeting venue. Kelly said she has preserved the status of the building, and is waiting for a historic designation plaque.
In August, the Commission approved the renovation request of the Old Town building to include outdoor seating and remodeling for an outdoor café/bar area. The Commission stipulated that any changes to the design of the signage would need to come back for approval. Kelly changed the design of some of the signage and requested approval at the meeting. The building colors and the logo change from a star to a martini glass and painter’s palate was well received.
The Commission unanimously approved Kelly’s design review.
In old business, approvals for design reviews for both the Hippie Emporium and the LeMain Development were discussed at length.
Applicant Marisa Gladen requested a design review approval of the Hippie Emporium. The request returned to the Commission after the previous request was tabled in May. Gladen resubmitted the design review after suggestions from the meeting. Façade upgrades, such as new finishes with corrugated metal and stucco, new marquee at existing entry, new signage, new window, new canopy at exiting deck, and stair/railing renovations at existing deck were in the new request.
The original request included a hippie theme mural. Some painting has already taken place, however no approval by the City was given and a stop order was issued and the painting has not been finished.
After clarification of the verbiage in the request, the Commission unanimously approved the design review that was presented (without the mural as stated incorrectly stated in the request).
Applicant Steve Biasini returned before the Commission to request design approval for the LeMain Development in Old Town Cottonwood.
The Commission tabled the design request at the previous meeting Sept. 19, asking Biasini to consider setting back the third story similar to the Main Street building. Biasini submitted a letter with reasons explaining why this request is not feasible, in his opinion, based on financial and structural concerns. Biasini did not submit any additional or different plans for review.
When asked by the commission if it were possible to set back the third story, Biasini said yes, but then illustrated his argument as to why choosing a different kind of construction wouldn’t be a better alternative.
After discussion among the Commission about the design, and comparing the structure to the nearby Tavern Hotel, the request was unanimously approved.