Bloch: Scottsdale dwellers didn’t move to the desert for multi-family housing scenery

I am working (volunteering) at the Phoenix Open this year for the third year — what fun.

On my way out today, I stopped at Mark Taylor booth (many, many booths of local businesses present). I spoke for quite awhile with a gal who manages one of the Mark Taylor properties (in Tempe) about their plans for their development on Hayden, just north of Princess (their trailer is now out there ready to break ground, and as she stated with trailer there, development has effectively started).

Jim Bloch

She told me the property is to be developed in four stages with several hundred-to-over-1,000 units+ over the next couple of years.

Can you please tell me how many units are to be built in this development?

This is crazy, this is reckless!

As I said to her it seems like 4,000 units coming online within a couple of miles of here (Hayden and Princess), she corrected me to say more like 8,000 units.

What, with well more than 1.000+ units on Mayo-Camden North End 6800 E. Mayo, completed and under construction just west of Scottsdale Road, plus another large project across the street on Mayo being built by another developer, several hundred units at Chauncey Ranch (Scottsdale Road and Mayo) under construction, Mark Taylor San Milan on Princess just west of Scottsdale Road several hundred units recently completed, District at Scottsdale Quarter at Greenway Hayden Loop by Kaplan — 644 units just now open.

And then of course we have Nationwide’s taking of the desert open spaces on Hayden just north of Mark Taylor project, with who knows how many units. Do you know? If so, I would like to know.

Is north Hayden Road on its way to becoming the next Scottsdale 101 Corridor? Seems like it is just a matter of time, and that time has begun.

This situation is way beyond reality and way beyond comprehension that the city of Scottsdale has allowed this to happen. Our open spaces are going, going, gone.

Jason, if you intend to be elected in 2020, you ought to think about this unabated reckless development of our open spaces, how it is being financed by the city of Scottsdale giveaways, how our cherished water will support what is happening.

In my opinion, you need to make it your most important priority in your campaign.

Am I mad? You bet I am.

We and thousands like me did not move from other parts of this country to Scottsdale to merely witness what we all came from. We want and demand open spaces, we demand our desert, we demand responsible building and development, where the developers pay their way, pay for infrastructure, water, police/fire, utilities, roads, schools, more traffic, roads being widened, and not subsidized by a government out of control!

And our city is facing $800 million of unfunded infrastructure costs?

It just does not add up, it is more than a disgrace what this City Council has ordained over the past several years.

We have to re-direct how we treat our wealthy developer (friends??!!), who want nothing more that the city to subsidize what they do for a living and how they are taking our land and desert.

And when I say we, I mean the elected officials we put into office, who are supposed to represent us.

Editor’s Note: Jim Bloch is a Scottsdale resident.

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