‘Flex’ office space, multifamily residential project to sprout along McDowell Road

A site plan for the McDowell redevelopment. (submitted graphic)

Initial steps to make way for a new mixed-use development on a 12.3-acre site, including “flex” office space and multifamily residential units in south Scottsdale, has been approved by Scottsdale City Council.

On Jan. 15, City Council unanimously approved on consent a request to approve a zoning district map amendment changing the land use to Planned Use Development, and declare “The McDowell Rezoning and Development Plan” a public record.

The site is at 6601 E. McDowell Road, and owned by Chapman McDowell LLC. The project is under the guise of JLB Partners.

The proposal calls for redevelopment of a site occupied by an auto dealership into a new mixed-use development. The site plan consists of a three-story building adjacent to east McDowell Road, a four-story apartment building central to the site and single-story garage buildings.

According to a city staff report, the first floor of the building along east McDowell Road will be primarily comprised of 7,000 square feet of “flex” office space, but is planned to include some residential units. The upper floors of this building would be residential, the staff report states.

A central common area with a pool and a large community amenity area adjacent to the canal, which includes seating and shade structures offering views of Papago Park and Desert Botanical Gardens are also included in the site plan.

A total of 358 dwelling units are proposed.

The Development Review Board and the Planning Commission both considered this case in December 2018. The DRB recommended approval with a 6-0 vote, and Planning Commission recommend approval with a 5-0 vote.

According to an August 2018 project narrative included in the city staff report, the property was occupied by the Chapman Scottsdale Autoplex car dealership, however it was set to vacate the building and relocate in October 2018.

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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