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Mon, Sept. 16

Opinions aplenty accompany Summit building proposal<BR>

Ah, yes, those cards and letters keep coming in about the proposed five-story Summit Financial Center building at the former York Motors site in downtown Prescott.

(Actually, that's misleading, because the comments have been fogging in by e-mail. Same difference, though.)

Taking them in no particular order:

• From David Passell of Prescott: "I completely agree with your comments in your last article in the Courier. Probably a three- or four-story building that fits in with the other architecture in the area would be acceptable, and there isn't that much view from any angle that would be blocked in any case. Springhill Suites and the building around the Depot Marketplace take care of that.

"However, if you want to imagine a 'modern' building there, just go to 122 S. Cortez and look at the Bulleri Professional Building (the current spot for the Summit Bank, incidentally) and imagine that on that corner. Even worse, imagine it (or any other large building) at the bottleneck of Sheldon and Gurley streets.

"Shortly after we moved to Prescott in 1996 (yes, from California, and we didn't want to change a thing!) to an existing home we purchased in 1984, I noticed that the building at the northwest corner of Montezuma and Gurley was being 'de-modernized.' All the phony siding was removed, the original walls were stuccoed, and nice green awnings were hung over the windows. On the other hand, the Bulleri Building always looked totally out of character with the rest of the buildings on Cortez. The entrance reminded me of something you would see on Wilshire Boulevard in L.A."

• From Ben Harper of Prescott Valley: "A few points to ponder: According to former Mayor Daiton Rutkowski on his radio show, the fire department has equipment to handle a five-story building. I also have been led to understand that a variance was held as part of the original deal on the land from York Motors.

"What would look better, a good-looking professional building or a gas pumper with a store attached? The people need to be careful what they wish for. The land is properly zoned and the people who put up their hard-earned money should put up what they can afford, be it a nice building or a big gas pumper.

"This is just like the city getting involved in the mess at the old mall; it is not the city's business to get involved in a scrap between two businesses. The city may incur a very large legal fee in that little deal."

• From Robert Morgan of Prescott: "Thank you for your column in the Courier on Aug. 19. Please keep it up, and if possible accelerate the campaign to stop what will be an architectural disaster.

"As I noted in a recent letter to the editor, I am also opposed to such an affront to our downtown. I indicated in my letter that shortly after being elected mayor of Prescott in 1989 I traveled to Santa Fe, N.M., to evaluate their methods of retaining the charm of their city. As you may be aware, no structure may be built within the city that does not mirror the architecture that is so unique to Santa Fe. Why can't we do the same?

"It is interesting that so many of our Planned Area Developments require new homes to pass a rigid architectural review. This is done to protect the value of surrounding property. Certainly we want to protect the value and unique nature of property surrounding Sheldon and Montezuma as well as the core downtown area.

"Please continue your writing to hopefully bring sense to those elected to protect us and the community."

• From Chip Moses of Prescott: "Thank you for your great column of Aug. 19! Marty Borgelt's quotes were right on."

• From Bruce Parker of Chino Valley: "I read your article in Tuesday's Courier about the five-story building. In the article you quoted LBJ as having said, 'Come, let us reason together.' In reality, this actually comes from the Bible – Isaiah 1:18."

I checked it out and sure enough, the King James Version of same reads: "Come now and let us reason together, saith the Lord."

(Sorry, Lyndon … I apologize for making you out as a plagiarist of sorts. So break out the wet noodle, hear?)

Contact the columnist at jjackson@prescottaz.com.

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