Emergency clause in play for latest Scottsdale Mcdowell Sonoran Preserve acquisition

A view of a flag signifying the city of Scottsdale at the Scottsdale City Hall complex in downtown Scottsdale (Independent Newsmedia/Melissa Fittro)

A view of a flag signifying the city of Scottsdale at the Scottsdale City Hall complex in downtown Scottsdale (File photo)

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission is looking to add more land to its borders as it will attempt to convince the city of Scottsdale to bid on two parcels of land at in upcoming Arizona State Department of Land auction.

According to the staff proposal, the first parcel of land is 121 acres and sits east of Pima Road and west of the 104th Street alignment between the Dixileta Drive and Westland Road alignments. The second occupies land east of Pima Road and west of the 92nd Street alignment between the Dixileta Drive and Dynamite Boulevard alignments and covers 294 acres, according to the staff proposal.

Both are up for bids at the Wednesday, Sept. 21, auction. If the city council approves the proposal at its Sept. 13 regular meeting, Scottsdale would make bids on both pieces of land at the auction.

In order there is enough money to make bids on the land, the city would declare an emergency so that funds are readily available to make the payments within the 30-day window, according to the staff proposal.

For the first parcel of land, the opening bid is just under $2.2 million while the minimum opening bid for the second piece of land is just above $28.2 million, according to the staff proposal.

If the city is a successful bidder on either piece of land, there is a non-refundable deposit for each parcel.

However, the city would not have to pay those deposits if it is not successful in its bidding, according to the staff proposal.

In the case, the city is successful in bidding, the city treasurer would sign a reimbursement declaration, allowing the city to use existing cash flow to pay for the land and have tax-exempt obligations, such as the Preserve General Obligation bonds, reimburse the city at a later date, according to the proposal.

The plan for the city to obtain these pieces of land and what to do in order to pay for them are lined out in a proposed resolution.

According to the proposal, staff recommends the city adopts the resolution to bid on the two parcels of land and declare an emergency in order to pay for them if the city is successful in bidding.

Previously, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission recommended the pursuit of both pieces of land during Spring 2013. During the commission’s April 13, 2016 meeting, the commission decided unanimously to recommend its support in acquiring both pieces of land.

News Services Reporter Josh Martinez can be contacted at jmartinez@newszap.com or at 623-445-2738

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