Good morning, COGS E News Reader. Thank you for staying
informed and forwarding our news to friends and neighbors. Today
and tomorrow have some interesting events—Asian Festival, Pet
Festival, closing of Harkins Camelview Theater and a local
author’s library event. Please review the proposed downtown
construction projects toward the end of this newsletter. Your
comments are important.
EVENTS AND CALENDAR HAPPENINGS:
TODAY Civic Center Library is featuring local authors
10 am to 2 pm. Scottsdale City Councilman Guy Phillips will
be there with his book Of Courage and Character published
October 2015....Holiday Pet Festival FREE WestWorld
16601 N. Pima Road from 10 am to 5 pm. Pet contests, dog
activities, pictures with Santa, pet adoptions, raffle and silent
auction. Pet food donations welcomed.
Saturday and Sunday:
Arizona Asian Festival FREE 10 am to 5 pm in Civic Center.
People of Laotian, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese,
Filipino, Pakistani, Cambodian, Taiwanese, Malaysian and Korean
descent will share their backgrounds, stories and traditions......Harkins
Camelview movie theater will close tomorrow, December 6th. The
42-year-old theater, which shows independent, foreign and art
films on five screens, will show $5 classic movies. Anyone
attending the Camelview Classics Film Series, which include
"Amadeus," "Annie Hall" and "Monty Python and the Holy Grail,"
will receive a commemorative Camelview pin. The location is north
of Fashion Square on Goldwater Blvd
Downtown street and garage parking continues to be a major
What can a small business do when the Culinary students, Yelp and
other Galleria employees park on the city street in front of their
shops from early morning to late afternoon ? What can the
Wells Fargo/5th Avenue small offices do when their street and
employee parking is insufficient? What can the new Galleria tenant
provide when the building does not have enough private parking
spaces? There are no easy answers when the city only has the
area’s 3rd Avenue parking garage and the Galleria now has more
intense use that includes a couple thousand employees. The
city is suppose to be updating the parking study and to determine
some options. Third Ave garage new 3 hour limit on
some floors has helped but employees are reportedly shuffling cars
every 3 hours to avoid a parking ticket.
The city has leased 72 public parking spaces
in the former Rose Garden location (Goldwater Blvd at the south
end of the AZ Canal bridge) to McKesson for $35/space/month or
$2520 per month and payable quarterly at $7560 until October 2016.
That leaves approximately 42 public parking spaces for the
employees and customers in the west 5th Avenue area. The
Permit Area has signage and the employees are to display their
permits. Scottsdale government statement is that we have
“sufficient parking” in the city. Try to convince Downtown
businesses who are losing clients and customers for failure to
find a parking space from 10 am to 6 pm.
The 2009 Downtown Plan recommended to “
revise the valet parking ordinance
to clarify that valet operators are prohibited from using any
publicly owned parking facilities to park valet vehicles.”
Public surface street parking is used for valet parking with
written permission from adjacent businesses to the frequent
distress of evening diners who cannot find parking and don’t want
News Update: Remember the video of the RockBar security employee
through the mail slot in the business across the street on
Craftsman’s Court? Yesterday he accepted the plea deal and has
paid the Restitution Fee of $2,664.09 plus a fine reportedly over
$1,000 plus the business owner’s legal fees.
Special Events Ordinance update public input meetings
are next Tuesday 8 am to 10 am, noon to 2 pm and 5 to 7 pm in the
Design Center at 75th and Indian School Road. Sign up at this
Are you a CPA and want to do business with the city?
Check this out-- Request for Qualifications,
Request for Quotation 16RP021 The City of Scottsdale
invites sealed submittals for the services of a qualified
professional for a certified audit of the City's land use
assumptions, infrastructure improvements plan and development
impact fees; pursuant to Arizona Revised Statue (ARS 9-463.05) and
Scottsdale Revised Code (SRC) Sec. 49-87(b).
.NEW CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS TO FOLLOW:
Camelback Road and the AZ Canal Waterview hotel-residential
project replaces the formerly approved Solis project.
Check out the sketches that show a sky bridge between two
buildings and a 73rd Street drive under. The SRP substation on the
property will remain.
and Scottsdale Road 4419 N. Scottsdale Road
(SE corner-north of the Galleria) is a proposed Class A Office
building. They are requesting rezoning to a Planned Block
development and requesting additional height to 96 feet. Current
height by right is 66 feet but 81 ft would be allowed after
granting an additional 15 ft for being a part of the city’s Green
Building Program. Because of building massiveness on the approx.
2.5 acre site, the applicant is asking to move the existing
Shoeman Lane curb into the public right-of-way and remove the
toe-in parking to a reduced 18 parking spaces. This would provide
them the required distance from a city curb to a building face.
The parking garage is described as 3 levels below grade and 3
levels above to park 953 vehicles. COGS spoke at the
Development Review Board on Thursday requesting that the design
provide architectural offsets to the first rising flat, vertical
72 foot wall. We pointed out that a “canyon effect” is not
favored by pedestrians and it is not to existing Downtown
Character Area guidelines. The next hearing is December 17th
If this is rezoned to Planned Block
Development, there are 3 other developers waiting to use the same
additional 6 ft above rooftop to increase the height of their
Mark your calendar now for the 2nd
Annual Southern Scottsdale Home Tour from 11AM to 4PM on Sunday,
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