Recently, we were introduced to the newest of three unattractive buildings in Payson. The proposed hotel, from the unclear rendering, is a four-story plain dark brown building with orange stripes. How does this fit in with Rim Country and ponderosa pines? Also, does the fire department have a ladder truck capable of handling a four-story building?
The new car wash is a bright blue trim, which also doesn’t fit in with the forest and it has a big, flashing billboard like Las Vegas right on one of our main corners. Was its noise pollution considered?
The new Gila County building is in the Green Valley Redevelopment area, which has historical regulations. This area was intended to be held to the early 1900s Payson look, i.e. wood looking buildings, which 405 E. Main exemplifies. Why were the town staff and the county board of supervisors not working together to create a building using the design guidelines for that area? The product is a huge dark brown warehouse that is an eyesore. Even the garbage area is of concrete block, which is ugly and is built so close to the stop sign you can’t see around it.
When I asked a board member about the building, I was told they could make it look better with paint, stonework and landscaping. The landscaping was apparently not done by a professional and not much money was budgeted for it as the plants are small, spread out in lots of decomposed granite. Why was not the town’s 28-page xeric landscape booklet used? It has many wonderful xeric plants, including native grasses that would greatly add to the aesthetics. And, flowering trees and trees that have fall color would add to our community.
Again, we are a mountain town, not Gilbert, where DG is prolific. It is a shame no more thought or consideration was put into that expensive, much needed endeavor.
A previous mayor disbanded the Design Review Committee, which is also a shame. Towns and cities with design review standards look better and more cohesive and are able to acquire grants more easily.
I wonder if one person can cancel a committee that a whole council had to approve? And, are the guidelines being enforced? Apparently not.