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Need2Know: Land development allowed adjacent to ERAU; Dutch Bros opens in Prescott; PV pizza place; Talking Glass

Dianna Siegfried, owner of Home Slice Pizza in Prescott Valley. (George Lurie/Courier)

Dianna Siegfried, owner of Home Slice Pizza in Prescott Valley. (George Lurie/Courier)

Bill introduced to allow land development adjacent to ERAU

Congressman Paul Gosar unveiled a bipartisan bill in Washington, D.C., last week that, if successful, will allow Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to develop a 16-acre vacant parcel adjacent to the northeast corner of Willow Creek Road and Heritage Park Road in Prescott.

The Embry-Riddle Tri-City Land Exchange Completion Act — also known as HR 6739 — was introduced Sept. 7 and seeks to remove what Gosar called “the antiquated restriction” on the vacant land, allowing ERAU to “leverage the property for economic development,” which Gosar said could include the creation of offices, retail and other similar uses in line with the current zoning.

ERAU President Dr. Barry Butler said removal of the restriction would allow ERAU “to work with community stakeholders … to promote economic development within the region.”

Prescott Dutch Bros grand opening Monday

Dutch Bros is officially open in Prescott and will be hosting a grand-opening celebration Monday, Sept. 17.

Located at 3169 Willow Creek Road, the national coffee shop chain will be serving up free 16-ounce drinks all day for the celebration, according to a news release.

This is now the third national retailer to build and open at Lakeview Plaza, a commercial development at the intersection of Willow Creek Road and Willow Lake Road.

Prescott Valley pizza place recognized by Money magazine

Prescott Valley’s Home Slice Pizza Company was recently named the “best pizza joint in Arizona” by Money magazine in its 2018 survey of America’s best pizza establishments.

Home Slice, 2992 N. Park Ave., next to Harkins Theatre in the Entertainment District, is owned by Dianna Siegfried, who started the business in January in the former location of Mama’s Pizza.

“I’m really surprised Money noticed us,” said Siegfried. “It’s really a great honor.”

Money partnered with Yelp in its search for the country’s best pizza pies. Winners were calculated using an algorithm that took into account the number of reviews and star rating for a business as well as the price of a cheese pie.

Siegfried said representatives of the magazine made several unannounced visits to the pizza parlor but gave no advance warning of the award.

“After the magazine came out, customers just started coming in and telling us about it,” said Siegfried, who can now expect to sell a lot more margharita pizzas, Home Slice’s most popular pie.

Talking Glass taking shape in PV’s Entertainment District

Fain Signature Group’s Homestead Talking Glass development in Prescott Valley’s evolving Entertainment District is already about 6 to 7 percent pre-leased, according to Sandy McKee, community manager at the much-anticipated luxury apartment project. McKee expects tenants to start moving in beginning in early December.

“The interest so far has been really high,” McKee said. “We’re getting a lot of inquiries from out-of-state.”

Rents at the apartment complex, which will include 214 one-, two- and three-bedroom units, range from $1,105 to $1,675.

“Rents are subject to market conditions but haven’t changed since construction started,” McKee said. Scottsdale-based PB Bell will be managing the development.

Reporter Max Efrein contributed to this article.

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