Homestead Parkway extension could be part of new VVAC development

Camp Verde Town council considers details of Simonton land agreement

CAMP VERDE - At the June 10 Town Council work session, Economic Development Director Steve Ayers and Verde Valley Archaeology Center Executive Director Kenneth J. Zoll updated council on Scott Simonton's agreement to donate and sell land to VVAC for its new center.

In the agreement, Simonton would donate a nine-acre parcel on Homestead Parkway to VVAC and sell a six-acre parcel to the VVAC for $250,000. Simonton would also give the Town of Camp Verde the title to a 2.68-acre parcel to be used to extend Homestead Parkway from Davison Drive to 80 acres of public land.

VVAC would also pay for the construction of a waterline along the extension of Homestead Parkway that would serve all the properties along the corridor by fiscal year 2018.

As a part of the agreement, the Town would agree to pave, curb and gutter the Homestead Parkway extension from Davison Drive to the Verde Ditch. This also includes the construction of a trailhead at the ditch end of the road by the end of fiscal year 2018.

This agreement would benefit the Town of Camp Verde in many ways. It would bring hiking and equestrian trail into town, which many people were excited about at the work session on June 10. It would also create a space where parents can take their children to the river, as well it would restore and protect a riparian corridor in an urban setting. Also Wednesday, council discussed finding a replacement for former Camp Verde Unified School District Superintendent Amber Marchant-Lee on the Yavapai College advisory committee. Interested parties were encouraged send a letter of interest to Yavapai College.

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