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KINGMAN (Daily Miner Article) – Originally Published: June,22 2017 By Aaron Ricca
Downtown revitalization isn’t just for businesses.
Arnold Plaza on Oak Street is one step closer to becoming a central hub of help for homeless and unemployed veterans. The asbestos laden building has been vacant since 2005 when the Mohave County treasurer’s and assessor’s offices moved out.
In August 2016, The Mohave County Board of Supervisors approved the sale of Arnold Plaza to the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council for a price of $58,500. The idea to demolish the building was scrapped when bids to tear the building down came in at over $500,000. Since then, a formal sale is contingent upon abatement of all hazardous materials.
According to JAVC President Pat Farrell, a survey of the site has been completed and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has received a grant of an unspecified amount from the Environmental Protection Agency to remove all hazardous materials. Once ADEQ receives funding from the EPA, HAZMAT removal will begin.
The plaza project is dead center in ADEQ’s crosshairs.
“This is their first priority for the state,” Farrell said. “When is Mohave County first for the state in anything?”
“Operation 6: I Got Your Back” is a three phase program plan by the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council to buy the building, identify homeless veterans and help them find housing and gainful employment.
JAVC intends for the building and its staff to offer a “hand up,” not a hand out, to county veterans.
“This is a total makeover for the vet,” said JAVC President Pat Farrell. “They have to want to help themselves.
We’re not going to waste resources on people who just want to hang out and hold a sign.”
JAVC chose Arnold Plaza for its proximity to numerous resources to help the veterans.
The Arizona@Work offices inside the Arizona Department of Economic Security office on Pine Street and adjacent to the Mohave County administration building at 700 W. Beale St., the ADES office on Beale Street,
the Kingman Veterans Court, Kingman Area Regional Transit hub on Route 66 and numerous other city and county offices are all within a mile of the proposed veteran’s center.
As far as finding vets work, Farrell has reached out to Dot Foods, Inc. and briefly talked with the Kingman and Mohave Manufacturing Association in hopes of putting veterans to work. He’s also working with Kingman Regional Medical Center to find veterans kitchen work.
“If you can cook, you’ll always have a job,” Farrell said.
Farrell said JAVC intends to be good neighbors with the downtown community. The plaza redesign is expected to include 22 individual apartment style units, training and esource rooms and other service areas.
There will be rules for residents and those at the plaza seeking help. Alcohol, drugs and loitering will not be tolerated.
“This will not be a flophouse,” he said. “If (vets) are unable to work, we’ll find them a home.”
Accommodations will be coordinated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA
Supportive Housing Program.
Pending a few pen strokes on the part of the EPA, a start-date for HAZMAT removal is still months away, but JAVC will still need money to keep the plaza up and running once the doors open.
“Funding is always an issue,” Farrell said. “We’re working with city, county and state agencies for grants.
Individual donations are always welcome. We’ll also be looking for people are great at marketing and fundraising.”
There’s no exact number on the amount of homeless veterans in Mohave County, but Farrell reported 390 veterans attended the March “Stand Down” in Bullhead City, and about 40 of them were homeless. JAVC has high hopes for the center once it’s up and running.
For more information, to donate or volunteer, contact Farrell at 928-716-3001.
On Tuesday there was a meeting with ADEQ, Mohave County Planning&Zoning,and members of the JAVC Advisory committee that have an active interest in the environmental portion of this worthy project.
This meeting was called at the request of ADEQ and good news was the result.
Phase I identifying the issues has been completed and there was a review of the tasks remaining to complete the abatement of hazardous materials.
Phase II will be the solicitation of bids from those companies already on the Arizona list precertified in the completion of the tasks. ADEQ identified our project as the number one priority in the state to receive a grant. The amount of the award is flexible and dependent upon the bidding process. It is for an amount that ensures that all the work can be completed.
Once the contract is awarded the start-up date will be tentatively identified but will be given the green light when the EPA releases the fund to the states. The funding for the EPA is subject to the Continuing Resolution that will be coming before congress sometime in August.
We will be continuing all tasks that are not tied to the grant and we applaud the contributions of Mohave County staff and Supervisors..as we appreciate all of you for your ongoing support.
” The Arnold Plaza project continues to move forward. Many of the stakeholders will be meeting on Tuesday, May 30th. Expected to attend is ADEQ with the next phase in the abatement of the site, located at 301 Oak St. Kingman.
The Operation #6 Project is designed to provide transitional services to homeless and at-risk military veterans. It is a “Hands up” program planning to assist up to 20 residents at a time. Many resources and services will be on-site with others an easy walk away.”
If you are interested in assisting with this project please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many ways to help such as sweat equity, skilled or unskilled, and a monetary donation is always welcomed.”