Don & Charlie’s Hotel reduces proposed Old Town footprint

The Scottsdale City Council approved an amended Development Agreement for Don & Charlie’s Hotel. (Independent Newsmedia/Arianna Grainey)

A development agreement for Don & Charlie’s Hotel has been amended to reduce the bonus development standard for gross-floor-area ratio.

On May 14, Scottsdale City Council approved the amended agreement on consent at City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

The development agreement amendment reduces the bonus development standard for gross-floor-area ratio from 1.71 to 1.55, and reduces the bonus contribution accordingly from $266,113 to $156,768.

Don & Charlie’s Hotel, at 7501 E. Camelback Road, was previously a restaurant. In April, it closed after 38 years of business to begin its transition into a proposed 6-story hotel.

The parcel’s zoning was approved by City Council in October 2018; as part of the request for a Planned Block Development, the applicant proposed “bonus” development standards to accommodate the gross-floor-area ratio and building height of 75 feet.

An associated contribution for bonus development standards was memorialized in the development agreement, according to a city staff report.

Since that time, the applicant has reduced the overall square footage of the building, which results in the corresponding reduction in the bonus contribution, the staff report stated. No change to the building height is proposed.

Don & Charlie’s Hotel is owned by DVDE Partners, and presented by prominent zoning attorney John Berry, of Berry Riddell.

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