Good evening, COGS E-News Reader.
Here is a Quiz for you to ponder: Is the 42 year old Scottsdale’s
ArtWalk on Thursday nights one of the city’s Signature Events?
in the downtown Arts District: Following multiple meetings
with city officials, members of the Scottsdale Gallery Association
and other gallery and art-related business owners have crafted a
Petition to present to city council. It lists six specific
requests in support of the existing businesses in the downtown
Arts District. Attached is that petition. You may provide your
support by e-signing it and sending to
or stopping by at Pejman Gallery 7165 E Main Street or Carsten’s
Fine Art Studio and Gallery at 7077 E Main #5 to sign in person.
You may also print the attached petition and collect signatures
from other residents and supporters. With the loss of 61
galleries in recent times constructive actions must be taken or
Scottsdale’s 42 year tradition of an ArtWalk and fine art
galleries will be but a memory. (Please read the background on
this issue in the August 10th COGS E-Newsletter on our website)
....Quiz answer: No
City Council Agenda items of interest: Consent Agenda: (no public
comment and one council vote on all items unless removed by
request of a council member) 11 liquor license renewals;
Scottsdale Ranch wireless two flagpoles renewal at 10585 North 100
Street; new grade and high private school conditional use permit
at 9522 E San Salvador; final approval of the El Regalo
gated 25 lot single-family home subdivision at NE corner
Scottsdale Road and E.Westland 34155 N Scottsdale Rd details
; Outside law firm contract to the maximum of $150,000 for
District Court case Fuciarelli VS City of Scottsdale etal; and
ending Consent Agenda with the May 2015 city financial report.
Regular Agenda: (public may speak 3
minutes) Agenda #31. Council decision to allow McDowell Corridor
banner displays for public/government purposes within the city’s
right-of-way for a period of two years from 1 October 2015 to 30
September 2017. Agenda # 32. Rockbar
Outdoor city property rental lease termination: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Asset59736.aspx
Readers will recall that earlier this year, RockBar on Craftsman’s
Court was the focus of street merchants’ complaints regarding 18
feet of open service windows during live entertainment.
Council voted to have those closed. When the location was Acme
Grill, the city-owned alley on the northern side of the building
was rented as a dining patio. Today the RockBar pays the
meager sum of $1,278.20 per year with no dining. With the change
to RockBar, the interior kitchen was removed and the alley is used
exclusively for drinking patrons. Councilman Smith pointed out
that this undoubtedly is a violation of the agreed and specific
lease terms and not an appropriate use for city property.
The council is encouraged by area merchants and COGS to give 60
day notice and terminate the lease as the current use is clearly
in violation and has been for some time without enforcement.
Additionally, what is the vision of this sitting council for the
western side of downtown Scottsdale Road ?
meeting is August 31st with a presentation, discussion and
possible direction to staff concerning the results of a
solicitation for an operator/manager for the Desert Discovery
Center (DDC) There is currently no background information on
the city website. COGS will provide details when available. Also
during the 4 pm work study session, the council will be
giving the Special Events committee directions on the content of
that ordinance update and call for more public input.
This is a major concern of the Arts District—When is an approved
“special event” actually a regularly scheduled pop-up tent
New Museum of
the West seeks volunteers. Register for Docent Training
Classes by Friday, September 4th Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s
Museum of the West is recruiting volunteers who wish to help the
museum fulfill its role as the storyteller of the American West.
Those with previous museum volunteer experience, or a background
in education or Western studies, are especially encouraged to
volunteer. The museum, which opened in January of this year, is
located in downtown Scottsdale’s Arts District at 3830 N. Marshall
Way (one block west of Scottsdale Road, and one block south of
Main Street). The rotating exhibitions feature hundreds of Western
artworks, rare historic artifacts and cultural treasures on loan
from some of the world’s foremost collectors and institutions.
The museum’s docents lead tours of the
exhibitions and tell the stories of the American West, including
those of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The fall docent training
courses will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on six consecutive
Wednesdays, September 9 through October 14. Attendance at all six
sessions is required of prospective docents. Volunteers are also
needed to welcome museum visitors, answer general questions and
provide directions within the museum. Volunteers interested in
staffing information tables at community events or providing
administrative support are also encouraged to apply. A minimum of
two, three-hour sessions per month are required of volunteers.
Interested individuals should respond no
later than Friday, September 4 online at
or by contacting Education Manager Wade Weber at
or 480-686-9539, ext. 212
Projects that might be in your
neighborhood: 7575 East Earl Drive new 96 bed inpatient
building by Banner Behavioral Health...9011 E. Via Linda request
to change the exterior of the existing shopping center buildings
at Via Linda Crossroads....SE corner Paradise View St and Palo
Verde Lane request to rezone from R1-43 single family to smaller
lots of R1-18 and R1-35 single family...3126 N.71 Street request
to abandon 30 ft. of roadway along the west boundary of the
property for the Gallery...64th Street and McDowell Road -request
to rezone the Infinity autoplex to Planned Unit Development (PUD)
zoning that allows 48 feet height. Two neighborhood meetings were
held last week at the site. The Open Space on the northern
boundary would not be developed. 94th Street north of Cactus will
be a request to rezone existing horse acreage to single family
complex....96th St/Shea Blvd CVS pharmacy rezoning request will be
heard by the Planning Commissioners Sept. 16th.
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Scottsdale (COGS) Board of Directors,
Sonnie Kirtley, Chair e-mail
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