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PV council reviews amphitheater expansion plans

PRESCOTT VALLEY - The Town Council reviewed plans Thursday for an amphitheater stage project for the Civic Center grounds.

Prescott architect Doug Stroh presented designs projected on an overhead screen during the work/study meeting.

"What we came up with are three schematic designs," Stroh said. He presented them during a meeting Feb. 27 of the Arts and Culture Commission.

The amphitheater project calls for expanding the existing stage area, and building an architecturally significant roof that protects people from the weather and provides audiovisual/screening support systems for people who use the space. The town will pay for the project from development impact fees.

Stroh said he will report back to the council when the design is chosen.

Councilwoman Mary Mallory said she likes the design with the flat top, while adding she wants to know the price range.

Stroh said acoustic bandstands "are becoming a thing of the past."

Capital Projects Coordinator Kim Moon, who is working with Stroh on the amphitheater project, said, "We are doing value engineering as we go through the design process."

She said the commission will meet March 20 and present its recommendation to the council the following evening.

Residents also may comment on the amphitheater project by calling the Parks and Recreation Department at 759-3090.

In addition to the amphitheater, the council received an update on plans to place the "Not So Gentle Tamer" statue on the Civic Center grounds. Boosters unveiled plans for the statue during Arizona centennial events in February 2012, and it is based on a painting by Bob Boze Bell.

The statue will begin casting at BronzeSmith in Prescott Valley as soon as backers reach the fundraising goal, said Kathy Reilly, who is married to BronzeSmith owner Ed Reilly.

To accommodate the statue, Stroh Architecture and Civiltec Engineering donated design services.

Site improvements will include sidewalk expansion, modifications to site walls, installation of a foundation to support the statue, irrigation, and moving and installing streetlights, according to a report to the council from Moon.

Moon started the discussion with an update of the interior remodeling of the Civic Center building that began this past July and concluded in January. The town budgeted $940,000 this fiscal year for the remodeling project from money collected from impact fees.

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