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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.


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 problem. 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 to pay. 

News Update: Remember the video of the RockBar security employee urinating 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 link:

 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. 

Shoeman Lane 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 with DRB.   COGS NOTE: 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 proposed projects.

Reminder: Mark your calendar now for the 2nd Annual Southern Scottsdale Home Tour from 11AM to 4PM on Sunday, January 10, 2016  Contact

For the COGS Board of Directors,

Sonnie Kirtley,Chair

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