Sun, Jan. 19

Cottonwood ready to sell old rec center to brewpub

COTTONWOOD -- The transfer of Cottonwood's old Parks and Recreation building could occur after Tuesday's regular council meeting.

City staff has fine-tuned an agreement to the sale of the old building at an improved price for the city along with an agreement that any improvements to the building's exterior is approved by the state and city historic bodies.

The council will be presented with the new agreement at the 6 p.m. council meeting.

During the course of negotiations, BOTC, the holding company of the Cottonwood Brewing Company partners increased their original $100,000 offer to $150,000 with the caveat that the city will invest $50,000 in the improvement of the retained parking area adjacent to the future brewpub.

The building and property was originally appraised at $224,000, but the city intends to re-survey the property to retain an amount of land as public parking for the south end of Old Town.

The buyers have also agreed to submit any proposed design for the exterior of the building for review and comment by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the City's Historic Preservation Commission; and for approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council.

The partners have indicated their plan is "to restore and preserve the original architectural structure while enhancing the 1928-era building style, but adding a modern-rustic decor inside and out. We will enhance the building maintaining its historic character by highlighting the rough concrete exterior while reviving farm-like elements that characterized early Verde Valley agricultural construction. The facade elements will consist of stucco, wood, distressed-corrugated metal, and large glass exposures."

The council will meet at the Council Chambers building, 826 N. Main St., Cottonwood.

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