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Hilton Garden Inn rezoning up for review by Prescott Council
Granite Dells resolution vote expected

A new artist’s rendering of the planned Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Prescott will be a part of the presentation by developers to the Prescott City Council Tuesday, March 26. The hotel will be discussed at both a 1 p.m. Tuesday study session, and a 3 p.m. voting meeting. (WSH Hospitality/Courtesy)

A new artist’s rendering of the planned Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Prescott will be a part of the presentation by developers to the Prescott City Council Tuesday, March 26. The hotel will be discussed at both a 1 p.m. Tuesday study session, and a 3 p.m. voting meeting. (WSH Hospitality/Courtesy)

A breakdown of the costs to the city and the developers for the pending Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Prescott will be among the matters the City Council will consider this week.

The council will conduct three meetings on Tuesday, March 26: A 10 a.m. closed-door executive session; a 1 p.m. study session; and a 3 p.m. voting session. All of the meetings will take place at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St.

The 1 p.m. study session will begin with a presentation on the Hilton Garden Inn, the project that the council earlier approved on a 1.9-acre piece of city-owned land at the corner of Sheldon and Montezuma streets.

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A new artist’s rendering of the planned Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Prescott will be a part of the presentation by developers to the Prescott City Council Tuesday, March 26. The hotel will be discussed at both a 1 p.m. Tuesday study session, and a 3 p.m. voting meeting. (WSH Hospitality/Courtesy)

The study session presentation will precede the council’s 3 p.m. voting-session consideration of a zoning change for the hotel parcel from business regional/natural open space zoning to downtown business district and recreational space.

Prescott Community Outreach Manager John Heiney explained that the 1 p.m. presentation by developers Steven and Shane Shumway would include the “detailed monetary expectations” of the developers and the city.

According to a document included in the council’s informational packet, the city costs would include $50,000 for modifications to the traffic light and roads in the area, as well as $75,000 for work on the old railroad trestle that will be a part of the hotel project.

The document also shows that the development firm, WSH Hospitality, would be responsible for initial costs that include: $300,000 in purchase price; $650,000 for hotel/public parking; $120,000 for conference/public parking; $150,000 for work on the railroad trestle; $80,000 on the trail system; $550,000 in additional standards to comply with historic design requests; $175,000 for park improvements and construction management; and $250,000 for trestle public access.

The list also includes a number of “ongoing costs” to WSH, such as maintenance, insurance, property tax, impact fees, development fees, and construction taxes.

While the 1 p.m. study session will not include a vote, the council will consider voting on a requested zoning change during its 3 p.m. meeting.

As a part of that vote, the council also will consider a list of suggestions from the Planning and Zoning Commissioners who unanimously recommended a number of points that they “believe would improve or enhance the development,” according to the memo.

Among the recommendations from the commissioners were the reevaluation of: the parking needed for the hotel and park uses; the building height along Montezuma Street; the setback from Montezuma Street; the façade color scheme; possible accommodation of public transit along North Granite Street; and the need for a traffic impact analysis at the Montezuma/Sheldon intersection.

In other action, the council will:

• Consider a $474,747 contract with Asphalt Paving & Supply for improvements at the Willow Lake Road/Prescott Lakes Parkway intersection, including a new traffic signal.

• Consider recommendations from the Mayor’s Commission on Facility Optimization and Property Usage.

For several months, the commission has met to discuss better use of the city’s downtown property and possible relocation of city hall.

The commission’s short-term recommendations include: Consolidation and co-location of city departments to eliminate inefficiencies; and sale of city properties that are not associated with core city functions.

The long-term recommendations include: Seeking proposals this spring for the potential development of the current city hall and surrounding annex buildings; and finding a way to keep city hall downtown, along with the consolidation of departments, within three years.

• Consider a resolution that would support the “Save the Dells” group’s push for preservation of a 500-acre regional park near the Point of Rocks in the Granite Dells.

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

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