Flagstaff: New municipal court could lead to restructured downtown

A rendering of the municipal courthouse viewed from across North Beaver Street next to the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. / Courtesy City of Flagstaff / Arizona Daily Sun

 

By Adrian Skabelund | Arizona Daily Sun

The need for a new municipal courthouse may be the catalyst for a completely restructured city block, or at least that was the message city staff gave to Flagstaff City Council at the Jan. 22 meeting.

The construction of the new municipal courthouse at 101 W. Cherry Ave, and scheduled opening by spring of 2020, leaves the future of the current municipal court land at 15 N Beaver St., and perhaps the whole block, up for debate.

The city only owns about half of the block with the other half owned privately by a number of businesses including the owners of the Marriott Hotel, which use their section as a parking lot, the Rodeway Inn Downtown and the Ponderosa Pawn & Trading Company. But the privately owned property may not stop redevelopment of the whole block.

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