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Chino architecture? Send in your choices...

What would you like to see future commercial and industrial buildings in Chino Valley look like?

Town Manager Jerry Stricklin told the Mayor's Economic Development Committee members Jan. 5 that he wants to create a slide show for residents to pick which type of buildings they'd like to see built in the town in the future. This would be part of a proposed architectural design and review plan that also will include landscape design and the characteristics of the buildings.

"I want to involve the community from the start to learn where we're going architecturally," he said.

Stricklin added, "I have an image of what I think these (commercial and industrial) buildings should look like, but it may be different than what our residents want."

He said the town, in cooperation with the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, will hold meetings once a slide show is put together, to get residents comments on the designs and types of commercial and industrial buildings they want see built in town in the future.

Cecilia Watts, administrative assistant, urges residents to send their photographs of commercial and industrial buildings that resemble what they want built in Chino Valley to

Members of the Mayor's Economic Development Committee said they favor the town proceed with creating higher standards for commercial and industrial developments in town, but not for residential.

Committee member Dan Main said, "Commercial developments and higher standards are one thing, residential is another."

Charlie Arnold, Bright Star operations director, reminded those present that the price of the median home in Chino Valley is now $153,000, while the average house built in Bright Star now sells for $145,000.

He said the current town fees total about $10,000. "I like the way Bright Star II and III look with the newer standards. They are a good model to follow. However, I question if we can afford higher standards with the homes at the price they are at currently," Arnold said.

Stricklin said, "We've got to decide where we want to be. If the community doesn't feel the commercial district should have higher standards then rusty barbed wire will be the norm. However, if we want to attract higher users we've got to be able to assure them the rusted chain link fence won't be next door."

"If we have no standards we've got to accept what we get," he said.

The committee's members agreed with Main when he said, "On commercial I have no dispute on higher design standards."

Arnold said if the town sets higher design standards it's got to be able to attract industry that pays more than retail wages.

Stricklin said corporation relocators say if a firm's chief executive officer's wife sees no shopping in town they're not moving here.

Committee member Mike Tobey said, "We don't need a mall (like Gateway Mall) here."

Stricklin said with 65 square miles inside the town's boundaries "to presume there will not be another mall here you're not thinking very far out. There will be some community points that will be as valuable or more important than in Prescott or Prescott Valley."

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