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7/14/2013 6:02:00 AM
Prescott Valley seeks 180 acres from commercial developer for open space
Les Stukenberg/The Daily CourierThe Town of Prescott Valley plans to add 180 acres of open space by acquiring 20 acres behind Sam's Club and 156 acres above the Liberty Kia dealership from shopping center developer Kitchell Development Co.
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier

The Town of Prescott Valley plans to add 180 acres of open space by acquiring 20 acres behind Sam's Club and 156 acres above the Liberty Kia dealership from shopping center developer Kitchell Development Co.

Ken Hedler
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT VALLEY - The town government plans to expand open space by acquiring about 180 acres from shopping center developer Kitchell Development Co. of Phoenix, Town Manager Larry Tarkowski announced Friday.

However, the town will not obtain the land through an outright purchase, Economic Development Manager Greg Fister said. Instead, the town will pay for the land by extending a development agreement for 38 months with Kitchell in which the town reimburses the developer from a penny on the 2.33 percent sales tax. Kitchell is developing the 100-acre Prescott Valley Crossroads shopping center on both sides of Highway 69 and Sundog Ranch Road.

The land will not be appraised, Fister said, adding, "Because we are not paying for it now. We are paying for it 13 years from now."

He said Kitchell sought an extension of a development agreement that dates to 2005, and the town wanted something in return.

Kitchell President Jeff Allen was out of town Friday and unavailable for comment.

Kitchell's land targeted for the acquisition includes about 20 acres behind the Sam's Club and 156 acres above the Liberty Kia dealership starting on the south side of Glassford Hill, Fister said.

The hillside land runs from the north side of Sundog Ranch Road past the Legacy apartment complex.

Fister said the Kitchell property is the last remaining private inholding on Glassford Hill, which towers 1,000 feet above the town. Glassford Hill also contains state trust lands.

The land is undeveloped and will be suitable for hiking, Tarkowski said. He said the land behind Sam's Club will be added to Fain Park - the town's largest park at 100 acres - and the land on Glassford Hill had been considered for residential development.

Kitchell owns about 460 acres altogether, including 100 undeveloped acres zoned for commercial use, Fister said.

Tarkowski said the Town Council, Planning and Zoning Commission and Parks and Recreation Commission plan a field trip to the Kitchell property at a work/study meeting Thursday.

Kitchell began building its Crossroads shopping center in 2006. Besides the Sam's Club, it contains Home Depot, a Carl's Jr., Hobby Lobby, Subway, Dollar Tree and numerous other businesses. Kitchell also is building a Dick's Sporting Goods store, and gained approval from the council June 27 for a final development plan for 165,758 square feet of new commercial space on approximately 17 acres at Crossroads.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Article comment by: @ Preskitt local

The original citizen-approved 1 cent tax was a combination OPEN SPACE/ROAD IMPROVEMENTS tax. The money was spent on both. The bulk of the money has been used on road improvements due to the citizens' complaints about the dirt roads in their neighborhoods. The 1 cent tax expired and the money has been spent. It is GONE!. A new 3/4 cent tax was approved by the voters and that tax was ONLY for road improvements. The City cannot spend this current tax on open spaces. The tax funds the Road Preservation Program so that citizens have smooth paved roads to drive on.

Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013
Article comment by: @@ oh Bother

You are missing the point, Your ignorance is showing. The land Prescott Valley is looking to purchase from the Kitchell Developers is a large Ditch which flood during rains. The Developer is witholding any more building on the south commercial pads until the deal with the town of finalized. The land is un-build-able. It is just a ploy to squeeze some tax dollars out of the folks in P.V. So before you go writing nonsense like you are an expert, go check out the land in question, talk to a few of the expert, I did both.

Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013
Article comment by: R J

A step in the right direction.

Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013
Article comment by: Joe Justice

Everything in PV seems to revolve around what is good for the Fain family, specifically Brad. Brad gets a DUI, no problem says the prosecutor we can just make it go away. Come on people does anyone else see or care what is going on in PV?

Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013
Article comment by: @ NO BOTHER

Quit showing you're ignorance at the 'value' of land is based on your short-sited view. It's sad that the lands around Prescott and Prescott Valley aren't protected more for the viability of more species other than human beings...I'm sure you'll get a chuckle out of that but your ignorance will continue to shine as more predator species chew up your pets as their habitat continues to be invaded by developers...

Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013
Article comment by: who cares what prescott thinks

To all the busy bodies in Prescott mind your own business. We want pv to stop giving away our tax dollars.

If you folks in Prescott did your homework you would see our town manager and mayor don't do anything really for the residents.

Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2013
Article comment by: oh No brother

It probably would be an OK deal , but the land behind Sam's club is nothing more than a ditch. What are they going to do with that anyway. The Town is being railroaded again by developers, Larry T. is selling used cars to the masses. We the People get to pay the tab. The developers are forcing us to buy their unusable property, we are being blackmailed as a community. Like I said if this was good land it would be a good deal. we are buying junk.

Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2013
Article comment by: Jim Edmiston

This is a great way to acquire open space--quid pro quo with the developer.
No need to spend millions of dollars for open space as has been suggested to the Prescott City Council .Maybe the new council candidates that are promoting open space in Prescott can learn from PV's methods.

Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2013
Article comment by: Prescott Valley resident

More corporate welfare paid for by your tax dollars. Drive by look at that unbuildable land behind Sam's club, what about the agreement not to build higher on Glassford Hill. We are being taken for a ride by Little Larry once again, and this is going to be approved by your lap dog Mayor and council.

Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2013
Article comment by: Oh sure

Let's be honest, you gave Kitchell an agreement for our tax dollars for 15 years originally.

But Fain only got one for 5 years. So to keep Fain happy mayor and council extended another 10 years.

Now Kitchell is asking for 38 months more so does that mean Fain will get another 38 months.

After all it's only our money. When does it end?

The land has not been appraised, so how do we know it has that much value.

What will it cost the town to improve it for use.

What will it cost the town to insure it.

Does our town manager need a wake up call?

Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2013
Article comment by: Preskitt local

Kudos, PV. It's a wonder that more of our leaders around these parts don't recognize the value of preserving open space within and surrounding our towns. Now if only the City of Prescott would follow through on the citizen-approved open space purchases instead of spending all the money on road projects.

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