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2:49 AM Sun, Nov. 18th

Editorial: Ambivalence plagues Young's Farm site

The fledgling town of Dewey-Humboldt finally has taken care of the easy part of the development of the former Young's Farm.

But given the difficulty involved in doing the easy part, the hard part really may be something to watch.

On Tuesday, the Town Council voted 4-3 to approve the rezoning of the 28-acre parcel on the southeast corner of the Highway 69-Highway 169 intersection that will be the commercial component of the Monogram development of the former farm.

The company plans to build retail stores and 50 residential units for what it calls the "Village Marketplace."

It should have been a no-brainer for the council members. As sad as it is, Young's Farm is gone and some development will take place on the property.

It would be fatuous at best to think anything other than commercial would go on a corner where the other four corners either already are commercial or are planned commercial.

That corner will become the center of town, as the Entertainment District has become the nucleus of Prescott Valley.

If the council is doing the obvious this haltingly, it will be interesting to watch the rest of the project unfold.