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Stilo’s 40 acres Minus the Mule

August 24, 2012

The Tusayan Town Council has decided to get the ball rolling on Stilo’s plans to donate 40 acres at either Kotzin or Ten-X or a combination of both for affordable housing. In exchange for the donation, the Town basically gave Stilo want it wanted with respect to a massive land use plan that would add three million square feet of commercial space and thousands of new residents to the environmentally fragile area at the doorstep of the Grand Canyon.

The Town did dial back Stilo’s attempts to value the land at $10 million and instead changed the language of the deal to ‘fair market value.’  There was some confusion because Stilo didn’t bother to send the deed information until the DAY OF THE AUGUST 15 council meeting.

Despite the last minute filings, the council approved the initial steps which include surveying and studies. There is a catch. If for some reason the zoning reverts, Stilo takes back the land and the town is out thousands of dollars. It’s not such a far-fetched turn of events.  Remember, there is still no plan for an adequate water supply.

Mayor Greg Bryan, Vice Mayor Al Montoya, and Councilman Craig Sanderson voted for the deal. Councilman John Reuter recused himself because he works for Camper Village.  Councilman Bill Fitzgerald was absent.