Originally Published: January 11, 2019 9:39 p.m.
In Senior News Editor Tim Wiederaenders’ Friday Catchall (Jan. 11) he appears to be misinformed. He claims that Arizona Eco Development’s (AED) proposed Granite Dells development is more than a mile from Highway 89. In fact, AED’s plan comes right up to Highway 89 just south of the Phippen roundabout and their land does indeed include rocky Dells land on both sides of the highway.
You can see AED’s plan on the City of Prescott website, or go to Save the Dells website where they have made it easy for the public to see this (https://www.savethedells.org/maps-prescott-az). AED’s property is huge, as they bought more than 16,000 acres of an old ranch out of a bankruptcy auction. So yes, some of their development is more than a mile from the highway, because their plan spreads so far into the Dells.
AED’s plan as proposed would be visible from Highway 89, from the Constellation trails, and from Watson Lake Park. And the 2,500 additional homes added would only increase pressure on the city to widen Highway 89 through the Dells, as reported in the Courier on Nov. 18.
Bearing in mind these facts, I think Mr. Wiederaenders is misinformed when he says we wouldn’t be looking at hillside scars. And, I don’t trust Wiederaenders’ “little birds” either.
Editor’s Note – I have clarified in the column online concerning the “subject property” to which I was referring to; that would be the Point of the Rocks portion of the Granite Dells. It has been the center of the debate. AED’s property does in fact extend to Highway 89, but Point of the Rocks is farther east. Thank you. – Tim Wiederaenders