City Council lays framework for 6-story, 75-foot Old Town Scottsdale hotel development

Scottsdale City Hall is in the Old Town area at 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. (Photo by Arianna Grainey)

Scottsdale City Council has approved a zoning district map amendment and three resolutions to begin the municipal process that will ultimately lead to the replacement of legacy steakhouse Don & Charlie’s with a six-story hotel.

The requests sought to redevelop the less-than-an-acre-site which Don & Charlie’s, 7501 E. Camelback Road, has called home since 1981.

On Oct. 16, the Scottsdale City Council unanimously approved on consent four requests:

  • A zoning district map amendment;
  • A resolution abandoning a 2,473 square foot portion of public street right-of-way;
  • A resolution declaring “Don & Charlie’s Hotel Development Plan” as a public record; and
  • A resolution authorizing development agreement 2018-168-COS.

Owned by DVDE Partners, and presented by prominent zoning attorney John Berry, of Berry Riddell, the application proposes a 75-foot building within the Old Town Scottsdale Character Area Plan. It is surrounded by commercial uses and low-scale, single-story commercial office, and most buildings in the area range in height from single-story to seven stories, the City Council report details.

The application includes one 6-story building and one level of sub-grade parking. As part of the proposal for bonus development standards, the applicant has agreed to realign north 75th Street, to bring it into alignment with the northern segment of east Camelback Road, among other reasons.

“Other highlights of the site design include replacement of outdated sidewalks on both street frontages with wider sidewalks detached from street curb, significant streetscape improvements on both street frontages and a second level amenity area for hotel guests, including a pool,” the staff report states.

The staff report outlines developer investments to provide public benefits, improve quality of life for the community and assist in achieving the goals and policies defined by city documents.

For the required contribution of $266,113, the applicant proposes the realignment of north 75th street from east Indian Plaza to east Camelback Road to align with the section on the north side of east Camelback Road, and a contribution to the Downtown Special Improvements fund.

Asking for approval of a Parking Master Plan, the applicant seeks a 37 percent reduction to the 227 required parking spaces for the site, proposing 145 spaces. The plan includes 114 spaces in the sub-grade garage, and 31 spaces provided remotely to the existing commercial center at the southwest corner for north Miller Road and east Camelback Road.

The 2,000-square-foot portion of right-of-way the applicant requests to abandon, would eliminate the existing 90-degree configuration, which is non-functional and obsolete. The proposed configuration would be more conducive to the existing street alignment, the report states.

In recent months, the Development Review Board recommended approval of the plan with a 7-0 vote; and Planning Commission recommended approval with a 5-0 vote.

Northeast Valley News Editor Melissa Rosequist can be e-mailed at mrosequist@newszap.com or can be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/mrosequist_.

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