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Mixed-use garage design up for vote <BR>Prescott City Council to mull committee's recommendation

PRESCOTT – The downtown parking garage and the many details that a mixed-use proposal includes will top the Prescott City Council agenda this week.

At their 3 p.m. voting session, members of the City Council will hear a 20- to 30-minute presentation from M3 Companies on the company's parking garage proposal.

The meeting will take place at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St.

M3 proposes building the parking garage as a part of a five-story building on Granite Street that also would include luxury apartments and retail space.

Last week, a majority of council members indicated that they agreed with an advisory committee's recommendation that the M3 proposal best meets the city's objectives for the parking garage.

Most of the council members opposed hearing about the other proposal that the committee recommended, which involved a bare-bones parking deck.

The council members will make no decision on the parking garage this week, but City Manager Larry Asaro said he expects them to have a number of questions for M3 about the details of the plans for the garage and its management.

As M3 plans it, the parking garage portion of the building would cost about $4 million. The developers would spend about $6.5 million more on the apartments, retail space and private parking spaces for those tenants.

Last week, several council members had questions about whether the city should turn over ownership of about a quarter-acre portion of the one-acre lot to the developers for $1.

In other action, the council will:

• Conduct a private executive session at 2 p.m. to continue its discussion about the pending lawsuit over the Country Dells subdivision, which the council voted against late last year.

In recent weeks, the council has conducted a number of executive sessions to discuss the $12 million claim the developers later filed against the city.

Once again, the executive session will involve legal advice from attorneys who are not on the city payroll.

During two of the past executive sessions, the City Council has discussed the Country Dells matter with outside attorneys.

The attorney situation also will come up during the public por-

tion of the meeting, when council members will discuss entering

into new contracts with two attorneys – Don Moon and Michael Meehan.

The city previously had a contract with Meehan's firm for

an amount not to exceed $8,500

for legal services. Moon report-

edly worked for the city as well, under the contract with Meehan's firm.

The city also had a retainer agreement with another law firm for an amount not to exceed $10,000. Because both contracts were for less than $10,000, they did not have to go to the City Council for approval, but fell under the amount the city manager could approve.

Now, however, city officials say the amount for Moon's and Meehan's services may exceed $10,000, so the contracts must go the council for approval.

• Hear a presentation by Dan Mazur regarding the Heritage Park Zoo.

• Consider changing city law to give the Prescott Fire Department more authority in inspecting carnival rides.

• Consider buying nine acres of Willow Lake-area land from the Faith House of Glendale.

• Hear a presentation regarding the Prescott Active Management Area technical working group.

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