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Tue, Oct. 22

Alternative to Summit building is scary indeed<BR>

The controversy drones on about the proposed five-story Summit Financial Center at the intersection of Sheldon and Montezuma streets.

Everyone knows some investors want to build a five-story office building on the site that would house Summit Bank, a number of other businesses and offices, and provide about 200 jobs.

Because the building would be 83 feet high, proponents of the building must receive a special use permit from the city to exceed the 50-foot building height limit.

One segment of the community thinks the building would spoil the view of Thumb Butte and other Prescott landmarks as well as striking a discordant architectural note among all of the historic buildings downtown.

Let's say the opponents are successful and they block the permit. Let's say the developer decides to go elsewhere and sells the land to someone else.

Depending on who the "someone else" is, one wonders if the arbiters of architectural correctness and historic harmony have given any thought to what a future owner could do with the property as a matter of right, with no chance for them to protest or influence city policy.

As a matter of right, the owner could put the land (which carries Business B zoning) to any of the following uses: auto garage, billiard hall, bus terminal, crematorium, feed store, auto body shop, service station, recreational vehicle park, bowling alley, mortuary, second-hand store, veterinary clinic, light manufacturing operation or adult day care.

Building opponents may get to live the old admonition, "Be careful what you pray for; you just might get it."

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