I've written about Meadview AZ 86444 Real Estate before . . . in 2007.
Meadview was and is a unique, special area. I have a couple of properties there. One's an upcoming project for me--a nice commercial acre on Pierce Ferry Rd--the main highway thru town.
The other's for sale.
Located in Northwestern AZ, 90 miles north of Bullhead City, Meadview is the Arizona side of mighty but periodically problematic Lake Mead, south of the Hoover Dam.
Lake Mead's water levels (periodically an issue with low rainfall), coupled with the delay in completion of the Hoover Dam Bypass have caused interest in this area to wane and property values to stall--despite the glorious views, higher elevation/cooler temperatures and convenient proximity to the Lake's South Cove and the West Rim of the Grand Canyon.
It's always been a bit difficult for out of area buyers to FIND information on this area. The few real estate offices that operate in town are usually not MLS members and unless those of us 'down the hill' list the properties, chances are you WON'T SEE THEM. That's unfortunate.
Now I don't have a crystal ball, but I PREDICT the interest in Meadview, Dolan Springs, White Hills and Golden Valley areas of Mohave County will be revitalized--and the reason can be described in two words:
Yes. Here comes the Sun--a natural resource we have PLENTY OF in Northwestern Arizona!
The proposed Hualapai Valley Solar Project (HVS Project) is a 340MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant to be situated approximately 27 miles north of Kingman on approximately 4,000 acres of private land, using a proven technology that has been operational in the United States since the 1980's.
The HVS Project will use CSP technology to capture heat generated by sunlight and turn that heat into electricity. It will store excess heat using molten salts so that it can provide electricity when it is most needed during on-peak hours. And it will use 'gray (effluent) water' which we have in abundance too.
I've heard that 1.7 million mirrors will capture and generate the power. Pretty cool--ahem, pretty hot! :)
The HVS Project is in the early design and permitting stages, with a construction start anticipated in November 2010 and start of operations in June 2013. HVS is working with Fichtner Solar of Germany, the leading worldwide designer of concentrating solar trough projects, to design the project.
As of late July, 2009, the preliminary design of the project has been completed.
Meetings with the public, stakeholders, county officials, state permitting agencies, and federal permitting agencies have been taking place since Summer. And more meetings will be under way for those who wish to weigh in or get concerns addressed:
Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting (anticipated)
09.09.09 | 10:00 AM
Board of Supervisors Meeting (anticipated)
11.02.09 | 9:30 AM
This project will mean:
An alternative energy source for us Northwestern 'Zonians AND outerlying states! And if you've spent a Summer here, you know we can use THAT.
- Jobs and a boost to the local economy. The 1500 temporary and 100 permanent workers will need to eat, buy or rent homes and more!
- Tax revenues for Mohave County.
And . . . here comes the great news!
Since the project will be located just north of Chloride, AZ . . . the closest 'decent sized' communities are Dolan Springs/Meadview and Golden Valley, AZ . . . the two areas whose real estate values inflated, then deflated the most as the Bypass project hit delays . . .
- Property values may crank back up again!
If you have a property for sale in Meadview, keep your eye on the market there very closely. I bet we will see some increase in interest as the word gets out about this project.
And if you are interested in buying in the area . . . the coming 1-3 years may see some progress in values as these two big projects--the Bypass and the Solar Project--grow legs . . .
You can go to Hualapai Valley Solar and check out the info on the project.
Or for more information . . . give me a holler and I'll share my resources.
Candice A. Donofrio, Owner/Designated Broker