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06/30/19 Newsletter


Hot Issues to Fit a Hot Summer

HOT ISSUE : Main Street Plaza residents were surprised/shocked to learn that the city council will consider Agenda # 2 on Tuesday, July 2, to spend $3 million to purchase and to renovate condo G101 in the first floor of their complex and  it will be occupied by the Museum of the West staff offices. According this link https://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Asset78577.aspx , the proposal is to spend Capital Improvement Funds (CIP) to buy the condo. Normally these funds are used for infrastructure such as bridges, streets and major city projects that benefit the public as a whole.  It can be argued that this is a tourism-related expenditure and the Tourism Advisory Committee sits on millions of bed tax collected funds that would be more appropriate as the funding source.  Additionally, the city would pay the $500 per month HOA fees and other ongoing costs for the offices.  You might also note when reviewing this link that if approved by council, the height restriction on the Stagebrush Theater lot will be removed.

COGS e mails are evidencing increasing public opposition. Send your comments tocitycouncil@scottsdaleaz.gov
 

But wait, there is more.  The Museum Square development project (150 ft hotel, condo/apartment units, restaurant and public plaza at 2nd Street and Marshall Way) is also involved. The city receives approximately $28 million from the sale of the Loloma north and south parcels. Some funds will be used to renovate the interior of the Museum of the West and Stagebrush Theater. That development will replace the current Loloma Transit Station that is now the Museum of the West’s library and some offices. The use of that $28 million has not been announced.

 

HOT ISSUE:  New condo and apartment projects are being approved in the downtown area without sufficient parking for employees, guests and the expected number of vehicles per unit. The Main Street/Arts District merchants repeatedly plead at city council and commission hearings for a city commitment to a new public parking garage in the impacted area. They cite that the Museum Square project fails to provide hotel employee, restaurant and residential tower guest parking.   Agenda #6 at the Planning Commission hearing last Wednesday had a project Continued to a later hearing date. It proposed 31-- one bedroom units and  provides just one parking space per “luxury” unit. It is likely that two cars will belong to those owners. That projects also includes a first floor market with NO onsite parking.  The developer is following current parking requirements .Here is another proposed project 9-ZN-2019 with 199 units and no onsite guest parking included.
It is the city’s parking requirements that need updating.  Hear Commissioner Kush’s comments by clicking here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNvHCnlrhZw

 

New Proposed Land Cases

click on the blue case number to read the details
A CASE 4-UP-2019 - AEROHEAD AVIATION HELIPORT
15570 N. 83rd Way map it
Near 83rd Way and Hayden (Airpark). Request approval for Conditional Use Permit for a new heliport.
B
CASE 32-DR-2019 - RENAISSANCE FACADE RENOVATIONS
4545 N. Scottsdale Road map it
Near Scottsdale Road and Camelback Road (Old Town). Request approval of exterior renovations of the existing shopping center.
 
 
 UPDATES ON PROJECTS THAT YOU MAY BE FOLLOWING
C CASE 11-DR-2019 - TRAILWEST
3213 N. Hayden Road map it
Near Hayden Road and Earll Drive. Renovation of an existing shopping center.
D CASE 15-DR-2019 - PAPAGO MARKETPLACE PHASE ONE
7115 E. McDowell Road map it
Near Scottsdale Road and McDowell Road (McDowell Corridor). Phase one of a new mixed-use development on an 11.8-acre site.
E CASE 22-ZN-2018 - SOUTHBRIDGE TWO
7114 E. Stetson Drive map it
Near Stetson Drive and 6th Avenue (Old Town). Rezone for redevelopment of 10 acres for a mixture of office, hotel, commercial, and residential uses with buildings up to 150 feet in height.
 
REMINDER: Attend the public open house at DC Ranch on Wednesday, July 10th at 6:15 pm. Location is 20707 E Pima Road in suite 200. The applicant is requesting approval of a Conditional Use Permit toallow dancing and live entertainment inside a restaurant within Market Street. Applicant is Jason Bowles 480 397-1900
EVENTS TO ENJOY IN EARLY JULY
Scottsdale's Museum of the West is running a Summer Giveaway beginning July 2 through Sept. 1, 2019 – a contest for museum visitors to guess the number of pencil stubs in the bowl for a chance to win the giclee of his artwork entitled, In the Beginning Friends, which is also featured in the Paul Calle’s Life of Exploration exhibition. This giveaway giclee is valued at $550, signed by the artist and ready for framing!
If the correct number is guessed before the Sept. 1, the contest will conclude. If the correct number is not guessed by Sept. 1, the entry who has the closest number guessed wins the giclee.requires a retail store purchase to participateThis “Guess the Number of Pencil Stubs” contest will be held in SMoW’s Museum Store.

 ‘Summer Spectacular’ ArtWalk returns July 11th

The Scottsdale Gallery Association announces the return of the Summer Spectacular Scottsdale ArtWalk to the Scottsdale Arts District. Taking place along Main Street from Scottsdale Road to Goldwater Boulevard and north of Indian School on Marshall Way to 5th Avenue, art enthusiasts are invited to a virtual vacation to the tropics 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, […]Read the Whole Story >> 
 
JULY 4TH CITY CELEBRATION AND RESTRICTIONS
  • Scottsdale July 4th Celebration is at WestWorld (east off the 101 on Bell Road then south on 94th St.) family fun begins at 4 pm.
  • Fireworks are set off approximately 9 pm
  • ABSOLUTELY NO FIREWORKS within quarter mile of our Preserve. Our desert plants and ground covers are tinder dry!!
  • The McDowell Sonoran Preserve will be closed July 4th    Read the Whole Story >>
 
 

Scottsdale Video Network May program guide


Watch city programs on Cox channel 11/1011(HD) and Century Link channel 8001. Get all the details at ScottsdaleAZ.gov (search SVN). Be sure to check out videos on YouTube.           Streaming online  l  Daily program schedule  l   Program guide  l  Tell us how we're doing

Thank you for taking your valuable time to read the COGS E Newsletter and to be informed on what is happening in YOUR city.  There are several Hot Issues brewing such as (1) who is suiting up to run for city council and mayor in 2020?  (2) is the public ground swell to improve the current Noise Ordinance sufficient to result in city re-write actions that protect existing neighborhoods? (3) Will the Rural and large-lot areas of Scottsdale survive as optional lifestyles or will they continue to disappear? (4) Is the rumor true that ....(stay tuned)...

We are an all volunteer group ready to help you, your neighborhood, and/or your HOA with city research, procedures, and solutions on issues that affect your quality of Scottsdale life.  Our positions, previous newsletters and who we are will be found on our website.

Sonnie Kirtley, COGS Chair 

 

 

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