Scottsdale Development Review Board OKs multi-family housing projects

The Scottsdale Development Review Board Thursday, June 16 unanimously approved the preliminary plat and site plan for a new townhome community at the southeast corner of Pinnacle Peak Road and North 74th Street.

The new townhouse community is planned to have 174 multi-family living units on about 21.8 acres of land, according to the June 16 development board agenda.

However a retirement living home, Vi at Silverstone, abuts the proposed townhome plot and many of the residents there say they walk to and from the shopping center across the street. The issue is once the townhomes are built, traffic will increase in the neighborhood, endangering the senior residents that live there, residents contend.

Larry Kush, Scottsdale Planning Commission member, expressed concern for the pedestrians if the new townhome was built.

“I’m concerned about the safety issue of pedestrian flow near the retirement home,” Kush said.
Scottsdale Councilwoman Virginia Korte said she would want to continue the case as long as there is a pedestrian plan before being built.

The council and applicant agreed to the pedestrian plan with the development review board unanimously approving for the site planning for the new townhome.

Scottsdale City Council will have the final say in the matter, but no firm date was available as of press time.

Site and landscape plan

The development review board also unanimously approved the site and landscape plan for a new apartment complex located near McDowell Road at its June 16 regular meeting.

The new apartment complex, Granite Reef Circle Lofts, consists of 20 units in a three-story design, according to the board report. Lance Baker, main architect and applicant for the project, said they are proposing changes to the materials and colors in an attempt to reach a more “modern design.”

Baker added the complex has high efficiency windows that use solar power for energy, noting, “Not only is this complex modernized, but it also is environmentally friendly.”

The development review board praised Baker for the project, saying it was happy that something was being done in the McDowell area.

“It is a unique design, these projects are exactly what we need in that area,” Korte said.
In an interview following the meeting, Korte commented on why McDowell was so sought after as a residential area.

“There are many multi-housing projects on McDowell that have been very successful and there’s always a waiting list of tenants to move near here,” Korte said.

Korte said McDowell was popular because it is five minutes from the Phoenix airport and both the Loop 101 and Loop 202 freeways.

“McDowell is the perfect location, it’s right in the middle of Scottsdale and Tempe,” Kush said.

Kush noted how this apartment complex was originally approved in 2005, but the approval expired, making the applicant to apply for another approval.

Editor’s note: Mr. Castro is a journalism student at Arizona State University

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