Scottsdale Fairmont Princess Hotel looks to add 102 rooms

The Scottsdale Fairmont Princess Hotel. (Submitted Photo)

The Scottsdale Fairmont Princess Hotel. (Submitted Photo)

The Fairmont Princess Hotel will remove a small outdoor event space and three tennis courts in order to build an additional 102 rooms.

Scottsdale City Council voted April 28 to amend the zoning map of the Fairmont Princess Hotel, allowing an additional 102 hotel rooms to be built where an outdoor event space and three tennis courts stand.

The hotel’s ground lease, approved by Scottsdale City Council in 1995, allows for 794 hotel rooms on the 66-acre property, states an April 28 staff report.

A total of 649 rooms exist. An extra 102 rooms will bring the tally up to 751, still below the maximum set by the ground lease.

Additional hotel rooms will require additional parking, the report continues. To keep in compliance with zoning ordinance requirements, Fairmont Princess must provide at least 1.25 parking spaces per guest room and 50 spaces per conference center.

The hotel provides 1,650 parking spaces, according to the report. This is 12 over the required limit.

The hotel will also make changes to the existing drainage system, states the report.

Approved in 2008, the Stormwater Storage Waiver required Fairmont Princess to construct a bridge under Princess Boulevard, just east of Scottsdale Road. Fairmont Princess has already requested changes to the Stormwater Storage Waiver and come to an agreement with city staff. Modifications to the waiver are in the midst of the approval process.

City staff also considered what extra rooms might mean for traffic along Princess Boulevard. In a January 2015 traffic count, there were approximately 5,341 vehicle trips along the road in a 24 hour time period.

An additional 102 guest rooms are expected to increase that number to 7,849 trips per day, the staff report states. This remains below the traffic levels major roadways are expected to experience: 15,000 to 30,000 trips per day.

Other considerations, such as open space requirements, and water and sewer lines, will not be affected by the additional rooms.

The Planning Commission approved modifications to Fairmont Princess’ zoning map in a 6-0 vote on March 25.

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