Veterans have plan for Arnold Plaza

JAVC sees building as transition site

File photo: Veterans and their friends and family stand in line for services at a past year’s Tri-State Veterans Stand Down sponsored by the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council.

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File photo: Veterans and their friends and family stand in line for services at a past year’s Tri-State Veterans Stand Down sponsored by the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council.

KINGMAN – The Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council is prepared to take a white elephant off the hands of the Mohave County Board of Supervisors this morning.

The agenda also includes tax levies and recognition of the National Park Service.

The board must vote unanimously to authorize the sale of Arnold Plaza in downtown Kingman to the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council for a cost of $58,500.

The supervisors have been struggling for years to try to determine what to do with the property.

JAVC President Pat Farrell said purchasing the plaza is part of the groups’ Operation Six project.

“Military people understand that as ‘I got your back,’” he said.

The veterans organization wants to turn the plaza – which hasn’t been used in more than 10 years – into a transition site for homeless and at-risk veterans to help find jobs and homes.

“It’s just sitting there doing nothing,” Farrell said. “It’s our way to help revitalize downtown Kingman.”

The group has been working on the project for nearly two years.

“It’s a hand-up program, not a hand-out program,” Farrell said.

The board of supervisors meeting is open to the public. It starts at 9:30 a.m. in the county administration building at 700 W. Beale St.