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Prescott’s Hilton Garden Inn project back with amended agreement
New proposal would reduce maximum building height to 55 feet

Prescott Mayor Pro Tem Billie Orr, center, City Clerk Maureen Scott, right, and other city officials listen as WSH Hospitality, LLC, developers explain their plans for a Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Prescott during the Prescott City Council meeting Tuesday, Aug. 28, and included an artist’s rendering of how the new hotel will tie in with the historic railroad trestle that is located nearby. (Cindy Barks/Courier file)

Prescott Mayor Pro Tem Billie Orr, center, City Clerk Maureen Scott, right, and other city officials listen as WSH Hospitality, LLC, developers explain their plans for a Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Prescott during the Prescott City Council meeting Tuesday, Aug. 28, and included an artist’s rendering of how the new hotel will tie in with the historic railroad trestle that is located nearby. (Cindy Barks/Courier file)

A hotel deal that city officials say will help to transform the Granite Creek corridor in downtown Prescott will get a second look by the Prescott City Council this week.

The Hilton Garden Inn project that is planned for a 1.9-acre parcel of city-owned land at the corner of Sheldon and Montezuma streets is the topic of an update presentation during council’s study session at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8.

The study session is one of three meetings the council will conduct that day, including a closed-door executive session set for 10 a.m., and a voting meeting set for 3 p.m. All three meetings will take place at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St.

The initial council decision on the Hilton Garden Inn deal in August 2018 generated numerous questions and concerns from the community.

A number of residents spoke at the Aug. 28 meeting to urge the council to delay a decision on a development agreement that allowed for a 50-year lease of the property, with one 30-year renewal option, as well as an option to purchase after the first five years of the lease, for $300,000.

A city memo for the Jan. 8 meeting states that the presentation would explain subsequent updates to the agreement, through a draft amended development agreement.

That draft agreement includes several changes, such as a change of the total acreage amount from 2.161 acres to 1.911 acres. It also includes a reduction of the height limit for the building from the original 70 feet to 55 feet, and increases the number of hotel rooms from 95 to 100.

Much of the remainder of the 28-page development agreement remains the same, except for references to:

• Signage. The draft amended agreement states that the lessee may provide a comprehensive sign package, which may include at least: a freestanding monument sign of up to 50 square feet; a building wall sign of at least 1.5 square feet for each one linear foot of wall frontage along Montezuma; a “blade sign” on the northeast corner of the building along Montezuma of at least 40 square feet; and an entrance sign of at least 20 square feet.

• An easement for conference space. The draft amended agreement states: “In the event the developer incorporates any other building near the property for conference or meeting space which would be accessed by pedestrian or vehicular access across city property … the city will provide an easement to the developer for such pedestrian or vehicular access …”

• Parking: “City and developer agree to use reasonable efforts to enter into shared parking agreement with each other on the property and adjacent property and on adjacent or nearby properties owned by third parties in order to maximize public parking opportunities for the contemplated project uses.”

Since the last council discussion on the hotel, Prescott Community Outreach Manager John Heiney said, city officials have worked with other parties, such as Prescott College and Arizona Public Service (APS) to broaden the project to include the nearby Sam Hill Warehouse and APS property.

“The whole idea from the city’s standpoint is this project would be a catalyst for the whole area,” Heiney said, noting that plans are in the works for renovations to the nearby railroad trestle, a splash pad recreation area, and a conference center in the Sam Hill Warehouse.

In other action, the council will:

• Hear an update of its ongoing water and wastewater rate study.

• Consider an amended and restated development agreement for the Storm Land Co., LLC’s plans for a 227-lot subdivision, Storm Ranch.

According to a city memo, the agreement provides for city and developer obligations related to road improvements, water and wastewater mains, wastewater lift station upsizing, if needed, and water allocations.

Follow Cindy Barks on Twitter @Cindy_Barks. Reach her at 928-445-3333, ext. 2034, or cbarks@prescottaz.com.

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