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New purposes for old places: Prescott's Holiday Lodge nearing construction phase, neighboring American Motel going vertical

The Holiday Lodge has been gutted and will be renovated in the coming months to be transformed into a small apartment complex. (Photos by Max Efrein/The Daily Courier)<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

The Holiday Lodge has been gutted and will be renovated in the coming months to be transformed into a small apartment complex. (Photos by Max Efrein/The Daily Courier)<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

The new owners of the old Holiday Lodge plan to transform the dilapidated structure into a quaint apartment complex.

"It will be beautiful," said Randy Thomas, a long-time Prescott resident who went into partnership with two others to buy the property. "We're going with a Southwestern mining theme and calling it Eureka Apartments."

About a year ago, the city issued eviction notices to the occupants of the 18 or so rooms at the 1141 E. Gurley St. motel. The buildings were deteriorating, so the city deemed them unsafe to occupy, said Randy Pluimer, building official with the City of Prescott.

"There was just wires hanging out, plumbing not working, floors collapsing, roofs collapsing, mold; I mean, it was fairly disgusting," Pluimer said.

Once all the inhabitants vacated and the property went up for sale, Thomas and his partners ran the numbers and figured the property was worth purchasing and renovating.

"We just thought that it would be great to improve this part of the city, bring it back to life and we thought we could make a little money doing it," Thomas said.

Rather than completely demolishing the structures, they've decided to gut the buildings and replace everything except for the outside walls to avoid rezoning.

"Because of the grandfathering rights, if we tear the building down, we can't put a fair amount of buildings in there," Thomas said. "We'll be replacing everything on the inside, including the plumbing, electrical, etc."

Thomas said it's difficult to put a completion date on the project because they thought they'd be done with everything by January, but it has taken longer than expected to get the appropriate permits from the city.

"We've already done most of the demolition, so once we get the permits, we'll be able to start building right away," Thomas said.

Considering the property's convenient location, Thomas and his partners hope to either house Yavapai College students or work with the Veterans Affairs down the road to house veterans in need of affordable housing.

"Even if I don't get the college or the VA, there's housing needed in Prescott because there's not enough out there, especially for the smaller and lower income," Thomas said.

Thomas and his wife, Edie, have managed the Prescott Woodlands Apartments at 824 W. Gurley St. for about 10 years. He says the 130-unit complex has had a waiting list for almost two years now.

"It's been crazy and has been for a long time," Thomas said.

American Motel

Right next door to the Holiday Lodge is the equally in flux American Motel.

It took about four months to get all of the permits straightened out, but the project's architect, general contractor and developer Chris Browning , said they've just started to go vertical with the buildings.

"Construction is proceeding on a 17,000-squarefoot professional office complex," said Browning. "We look forward to completion late next summer and to enhancing the city's entry statement with a high-quality project."

The property is owned by PCAN Enterprises, LLC, which is comprised of Browning, his parents Paula and Norma, and his wife, Abbie Roses.

Roses said they've had a committed tenant for the entire property since day one.

"There's a company that's taking the whole thing," Roses said.

However, Roses and her partners are unwilling to disclose the name of the company.

During a City of Prescott Board of Adjustments meeting in April of this year, the group listed a couple possible tenants for the property, one of which was A Sober Way Home, a drug, alcohol and dual diagnosis treatment and recovery facility that already has one location in Prescott at 195 Plaza Drive.

Pluimer said PCAN is not required to tell them who the tenant will be, but he's heard, "the most consistent rumor is A Sober Way."

A Sober Way Home was unwilling to comment on the subject.

Follow Max Efrein on Twitter @mefrein. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 1105, or 928-642-7864.