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12/09/18 Newsletter

Hot issues on council agendas.

Holiday events

Citizens' survey - please send in your opinion!



  • Rock Bar new patio dining lease on city property
  • Request to cease all city actions related to the proposed Desert Edge
  • Papago Plaza teardown and rezoning

Tuesday, Dec 11th  5 pm.  Agenda Item #7  RockBar Lease Agreement to continue renting approximately 414 sq ft of the city alley on Craftsman’s Court south of 5th Avenue.  COGS concerns: (1) The Lease defines this space as a “dining patio” but since 2015 it has been bar stools for smoking and drinking—no sit down  restaurant use, and no qualifying kitchen or entree preparations. (2) The requested 15 year lease is too lengthy on a street that is predominately retail and service businesses and not bars—unless the city planners are promoting a transition to establish another entertainment/bar district west of Scottsdale Road (3) The $3,105 first year fee is too little revenue to the city for prime 5th Avenue area property.  At that rate, RockBar only needs to serve two drinks per night to be able to pay a month’s rent ($258.75). Details
Also, Agenda Item #8 Resolution No. 11339 directs the City Manager or his designees, with such assistance as may be needed from other City Charter Officers to take the following actions:
a. Cease further studies regarding alternative location of Desert Edge.
b. Cease further studies regarding the business plan for Desert Edge.
c. Terminate any allocation of bedtax funds that has been made in relation to Desert Edge.
d. Cease ail uses of City resources for the consideration or implementation of Desert Edge.

Background: The Desert Edge project was promoted by some residents and non-residents plus a couple of city council members to be built inside the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve and to use Preserve Funds. A simple majority of 4 city council votes could approve the construction.
In November 2018 Scottsdale voters approved by 71% to 29% a charter amendment that requires that any non-trail construction or use of the Preserve Funds for nontrail projects must go to the Scottsdale voter’s for approval.

Wednesday, Dec. 12th Agenda Item #24  Papago Plaza Rezoning (6-ZN-2018) Requests approval for a Zoning District Map Amendment adopting a development plan and
amended PRC development standards on approximately 11 acres on SW corner McDowell Road/Scottsdale Road.
This project removes the existing Papago Plaza buildings and includes a mixed-use plan with an Aldi grocery store, four restaurant pads, a 5-story  hotel and a 274 unit apartment/condo multi-family building. With “bonuses” from the city, they can build to 90 feet high . Unfortunately there is a drive-through fast food planned for that signature corner and with a reduction in the distance to the road rather than extensive landscaping. For detailed images go to page 70 (site plan), page 73 (existing neighborhoods near the new parking garage), and page 82 for artist’s building perspectives as viewed above the McDowell Road intersection..

Project supporter, the South Scottsdale Alliance is meeting at AZ88 at 4 pm then walking over to city hall for the 5 pm hearing. Contrary neighborhood opinions have been published in local newspapers citing building heights, increased traffic, 56 ft tall parking garage location behind their homes and safety concerns for pass-through speeding traffic on their streets.


Did you miss the city’s tree lighting?  Here is the video. Scottsdale's holiday tree boasts over 1.2 million customizable lighting options and glows nightly through December at the Soleri Bridge in Old Town Scottsdale. This is on the western side of Scottsdale Road and south of Camelback Road.
Scottsdazzle continues through the end of the month
    Gold Palette Artwalk will take place on Thursday, Dec. 13 with a special holiday theme, carolers and a visit from Santa. New festivities added to the Scottsdazzle line-up this year include the Ale Trail and the Java Jingle Crawl. As part of the Santa Wine Around on Dec. 15, the Ale Trail offers beer lovers an option to create their own path and visit some of the area’s local breweries for samples of one-of-a-kind “suds.” And on Saturday, Dec. 22, the Java Jingle Crawl offers coffee aficionados an opportunity to enjoy tasting and shopping experiences at some of Old Town’s finest local coffee houses. Businesses within these areas of Old Town can expect heavier foot traffic on these event days and are encouraged to remain open. For more information and to view site maps for each event, visit the Scottsdazzle website here
from 6:30 pm to 9 pm Holiday Lights until January 6th at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
Train rides $5 with special Holiday Lights ticket required…get the optional Fast Pass. Charros Carousel Ride $2  Don’t forget to visit the large train building with tracks, villages, toots and  awesome engines and railcars.. More...  Great family fun!!
Saturday, December 15th 9 am to 10:30 am Old-fashioned Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser The Little Red Schoolhouse was flooded on the lower floor and repairs need to be made. Please join the Scottsdale Historical Society at their annual Old-fashioned Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser The location is in the front courtyard near the Winfield Scott statute. $20 is a recommended donation but any amount will be appreciated. For more information and to register
Saturday, Dec 15th 1 pm to 2 pm Aspenglow: A John Denver Winter Wonderland Concert Free family event in Civic Center Library downstairs auditorium. Cottonwood Stone performs John Denver's holiday songs to More...
Friday, Dec 21st at 6 pm Holiday Art Show at via Linda Senior Center  It is free with one can of food donation that will go to the Visa Del Camino food bank. Check the new trolley route that goes to via Linda Senior Center—perhaps you won’t need to drive. Map it.

FOR MORE DETAILS on Old Town Events for your January to April 2019 calendar, view city event calendar for a list of upcoming events.
Downtown cultural events & exhibitions for your calendar::
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Clean that closet and donate a toy at any Scottsdale fire station. Drop off toys at any fire station through Friday, Dec. 21. Collected items will be distributed to Paiute Neighborhood Center, HonorHealth, Cardon Children's Medical Center, Family Promise, Arizona Helping Hands and the Arizona Burn Foundation. Call 480-312-1817 for more information.  And a BIG THANK YOU.


  SURVEY OPPORTUNITY…..Marketing Program….Bridge Update….New traffic restrictions coming to a street near you?.....Did a Special Event get planned ?

Scottsdale launches citizen survey. Some Scottsdale residents have been randomly selected to participate in a survey to measure their views on the community, city programs and services. The city will use the feedback to prioritize initiatives, services and programs. After the randomly selected residents have an opportunity to respond, a web-based version will be available for all residents to provide feedback. Survey results will be available in February.
Apply for the city’s matching marketing program
The City of Scottsdale’s Tourism & Events Department (TED) is seeking applications for marketing initiatives that support the City’s resident engagement and leisure tourism marketing efforts in downtown Scottsdale--now all is called Old Town. Through collaborative partnerships, this program strives to encourage cooperative marketing initiatives, increased partnerships across tourism industry stakeholders, active marketing of the downtown’s assets to residents and leisure tourists, themed promotions, advertising, and public relations aimed at niche audiences. Using tourism development funds, TED will award up to $30,000 to each approved applicant, until 2018/2019 fiscal year funds are depleted, to support the success of the awarded marketing initiatives. Read the guidelines and review the application

Drinkwater underpass and bridge update
Two new pedestrian walkways have been constructed on Civic Center to provide access at the south and north ends of the Drinkwater Blvd bridge that allows pedestrians to cross from the East and West lawns into Historic Old Town. Construction work for the Drinkwater underpass will begin this month to build a new supporting wall below the structure and to fill in the open area of the bridge deck. The construction work will cost $6.6 million and is scheduled to be complete during the fall of 2019. Please use caution when traveling in the area and adhere to all barricades and restrictions. All restrictions will remain in place until the structure can be reinforced. You can  visit the project webpage for more information.

Smart parking now available in northeast Old Town
A new smartphone app will help visitors to northeast Old Town Scottsdale find parking faster. The app – called Parker – uses sensors installed from Scottsdale Road east to 75th Street between Indian School and Camelback roads to provide real-time street-by-street parking information to your smartphone. The system will not only help drivers find parking faster, but also enable businesses to provide real-time parking information on their websites and improve parking enforcement. Click here to learn to learn more


that might help you or a friend.


Get assistance using your new e-reader. The library offers free drop-in help on how to download library e-books, e-audiobooks, music, magazines and movies. Millions of digital titles are available online - all you need is your Scottsdale library card.

Scottsdale Parks n Recreation registration
began Dec. 3 for January to March 2019 Activities

Visit to browse all the Parks and Recreation classes available! From swimming to cake decorating, yoga to computer classes - there is something for everyone.
View the winter edition of Scottsdale Life online, or pick up a copy at any city facility.


City map center
View a map with information on active and completed Old Town development projects and locations. View additional maps for more information on amenities, services, zoning and traffic restrictions.
Traffic restrictions –Many new ones are being reported for late Dec. and Jan.View a map of city-wide traffic restrictions or subscribe to receive weekly notices. 
Special event permit applications—Preparing for increased traffic, extra outside music? View a list of special event applications received by the city.

Consumers’ Report magazine is promoting a technology that can help stop robocalls. It is being tested right now according to their latest magazine. To make sure this technology is successful, however, all the phone companies need to participate, and the Federal Communications Commission needs to police it and make sure consumers don’t foot the bill. Please sign the Consumer’s Report petition to the FCC requiring phone companies to implement this promising technology, at no charge, as soon as possible!


Sad News with the passing of Bob Vairo--a dynamic and effective community leader. Bob served as the President of the Coalition of Pinnacle Peak (COPP) for many years. His group was instrumental in the early expansion years in demanding quality growth in northern Scottsdale and special care with Environmentally Sensitive Land designations. COPP was a strong voice of northern residents and impacted citywide elections with candidate interviews, forums and producing a quality Know the Candidate booklet. Services are being held this week.


Thank you for taking your valuable time to read the COGS E-Newsletter and to be an informed resident. Feel free to forward to your HOA neighbors or friends. Our help and support are totally free--might charge you a smile and thank you though.   


Sonnie Kirtley, COGS Chair 



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