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Old Posted Sep 20, 2006, 2:52 AM
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Still, residents were unconvinced. When James introduced a slide from his presentation titled "Where do we go from here?" one woman shouted, "Move out of state!"


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I HOPE SHE MOVES OUT OF STATE!
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I see the idiots are crawling out of the woodwork in Scottsdale now. Jane White is the same wizened old battleaxe that fights every transportation initiative.

Get a life!

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Alternative 7:

Light rail to the airpark. Why isn't this being discussed?

Why the hell are Scottsdaliens already selling this thing short?
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You have to think of it from their perspective...why do rich Scottsdale people who probably have multiple cars need the light rail for? Of course they don't want to pay for something they'll never use. It may be short sighted, but its another good reason that in a perfect world I'd hope transit would be private. When you make it a public project, it becomes a politcal football and people don't want their taxes taken for something theyll never see any benefit from.
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We should all write a letter to Jane White. Better yet, lets all chip in, and buy her a one-way ticket to Tucson.
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We should all write a letter to Jane White. Better yet, lets all chip in, and buy her a one-way ticket to Tucson.
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Builders seeking approval to raise Scottsdale heights
By Ari Cohn, Tribune
September 19, 2006
The tallest building at the $1.5 billion One Scottsdale complex could top out at 89 feet — or nearly 30 feet taller than an original agreement — if developers convince city officials to grant height exemptions.

The second-tallest building would stand 78 feet high — 18 feet taller than the development agreement allows, a representative of developer DMB Associates said Monday.

Both buildings would be in the southern half of One Scottsdale, a proposed 120-acre commercial, residential and office complex at Loop 101 and Scottsdale Road.

The public will get a chance to view and comment on the plans at a city-hosted open house at 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Scottsdale Water Campus, 8787 Hualapai Drive.

One Scottsdale is expected to include 1.8 million square feet of commercial, retail and office space, 400 resort and hotel rooms and 1,100 residential units including penthouses and urban estate homes.

“It’s a key project and we want to make sure people are informed,” said city planning spokeswoman Robin Meinhart.

On Oct. 11, the Planning Commission is expected to hold a public hearing on DMB’s request to amend a 2002 development agreement to allow buildings in the project to be built up to a maximum height of 90 feet.

Karrin Taylor, DMB’s vice president of entitlements, said the firm will not be asking for any amendments to height restrictions in the northern half of the project, north of Center Drive.

In the southern half of the site, the developers have asked for height exemptions to allow the so-called Flatiron Building, planned along Center Drive, to be built up to 78 feet, Taylor said.

Another building, tentatively called Building E, would sit centrally in the southern half of the site and would be the project’s tallest building at 89 feet, she said.

The City Council is scheduled to consider both the height exemption request and a proposal for the city to put $50 million toward infrastructure to serve One Scottsdale on Nov. 14.

The $50 million, to be paid back through sales taxes generated by the project, would be used for nearby public improvements, including road construction and widening, Scottsdale officials have said.
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Safari Drive slowwwwly making progress.

Waterfront getting closer! Now how about those canal improvements?


W Hotel with Safari Crane in background...


And Camelview continues to tear it up!
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Does anyone know when the W Scottsdale is going to open? I know they were originally to open in December 2006. On another note I heard a rumor from a Starwood employee that the W Phoenix might have to move its location. Is their any truth to that?

Also great pics loftlovr!!!

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W Hotel with Safari Crane in background...
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How I'd like to give some Scottsdale elitist NIMBY-CAVE's a good thwapping ...

SkySong spurs $100 mil project
Developer touts Los Arcos Crossing makeover

Casey Newton
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Oct. 6, 2006 12:00 AM

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SCOTTSDALE - A developer is preparing to spend up to $100 million transforming the strip center adjacent to the high-tech SkySong project, bringing the hope of revitalization to the struggling Los Arcos Crossing.

Phoenix-based PDG America, in partnership with Trillium Residential, wants to bring apartments, shops, restaurants and a remodeled Bashas' supermarket to the 23-acre center southeast of McDowell Road and 74th Street.

The strip center is east of Skysong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center under construction at McDowell and Scottsdale roads.

Rick Sodja, chief executive officer of PDG, showed about 70 residents a proposed site plan for the project this week at the Granite Reef Senior Center.

"The promise of SkySong is spreading," Sodja said. "Once our project comes online, you've got a total of almost $300 million invested in this intersection. And it will spread."

While developers have met with city planning officials dozens of times, Sodja said, PDG has yet to file a formal application to rezone the property. The site would need to be rezoned to allow for residential units.

PDG hopes to build 400 to 450 luxury apartments on the site, with an average rent of about $1,200 a month.

Trillium is considering lofts and live/work units as well as studios and more traditional apartments, a representative said. The apartments will have underground parking.

Some residents said they would prefer condominiums on the site, arguing that rental properties would not bring the same feeling of community to the project.

Neighbors' reactions

Cathie Brown worried rentals would bring in "undesirable people," even if the apartments are luxury units.

"You can have crap for tenants that can afford higher-end (apartments)," Brown said.
"I don't want to live by Paris Hilton, and she's really high-end."

The property is still in escrow, Sodja said. Once the purchase is complete and PDG files its application, the zoning process will likely take about six months.

Residents were enthusiastic about the prospects for new restaurants on the site. Sodja said his company is in talks with Chili's, among other restaurants.

Would include a park

Plans also call for a 1-acre park.

Residents at Wednesday's meeting were largely enthusiastic about the project, which backers say would remake a struggling shopping center into a glittering urban playground.

"It's better than what's there right now," said Jim Heather, who lives nearby. "I think it's a good project. They've got to do something."

At the encouragement of city planners, PDG has added several pedestrian connections through the site, said Lynne Lagarde, a project attorney.

The existing Bashas' will be razed and replaced with a gleaming 48,000-square-foot facility, Sodja said. He said the apartments would help support the Bashas', which has struggled at its current location.
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Old Posted Oct 11, 2006, 9:24 AM
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http://zlofts.net/index.html

Z lofts was the 2nd Ave and Fillmore site Downtown- now called Solomon Tower- Grace sold it to another developer...
Now Z Lofts will happen on the lot next to X 10 Lofts...
(Eventually)
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The Duke -- Urban Condo Price Reduction!

The Builders of The Duke Scottsdale are ceasing Arizona development.

For one day only, Saturday, Oct. 14th, remaining units will be sold at or near builder cost. Homes originally priced at $499,000 will be offered from $358,000! Developer will accept the highest offers at or above listed prices for one day only!

Qualified Buyers must pre-register to attend this invitation only sale.

Event is one day only, Saturday October 14th, 9am to noon! Inspect units on-site Wed 10/11, Thurs 10/12 and Fri 10/13 from 1-6 pm at:

The Duke-Scottsdale - 7047 E. Earll Drive

Here’s your opportunity to buy with complete confidence. These stylish urban-home condos offer two bedrooms + den, private garage, café-style entry patios, and modern, hip design. Ready for immediate occupancy!

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Scottsdale planners OK center's height bid
Lesley Wright
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Oct. 12, 2006

SCOTTSDALE - City planning commissioners voted 6-0 to allow DMB Associates Inc. to break the city's height limit with One Scottsdale, a luxury shopping, work and living center at Scottsdale Road and the Loop 101.

The commissioners granted the developer a request to allow two of the buildings to reach 29 feet above the approved limit of 60 feet.Commissioners said they put their full trust in the reputation of DMB, which designed Scottsdale's upscale DC Ranch community.

"Quite frankly, if this wasn't DMB, this would be a dead fish on arrival for the height request," Commissioner David Barnett said.

The project still needs to be approved by the City Council, which is wary of both the height and the developer's request for a $50 million "investment" in the project's infrastructure.

DMB Associates first made plans for the 120-acre development in 2002. Council members, who were concerned about a regional mall planned for the Phoenix side of Scottsdale Road, agreed at that time that the buildings could range from 36 feet to 60 feet in height.

DMB executives said that competitive pressure from the Valley's booming retail market encouraged them to go very upscale and chic, with shops that might only be found in Milan, Rodeo Drive, and other exclusive spots.

The center will include the headquarters of Dial Corp and other offices, homes, hotels and a vast stretch of exclusive retail.

The developer employed eight architectural firms to ensure design diversity at the $1.5 billion project. Architects now want some of the buildings to rise to 89 feet to accommodate a slope in the ground.

The project has some important support, including neighbors in the adjacent housing development of Grayhawk.

But North Scottsdale's Coalition of Pinnacle Peak - a homeowner's group notorious for monitoring the area's low-height rules - said it does not want DMB to have another inch.

"We feel betrayed," said Bob Vairo, president of the coalition. "I don't understand what this is going to do for the character of Scottsdale."

Other residents, including some from DC Ranch, said that the variance should be allowed.

"I think I know the character of Scottsdale," resident Doug Zimmerman said. "Will this be a showplace? You bet."

Company executives said the city will see a return on its investments, estimating that about $12 million in sales taxes will go into Scottsdale coffers each year.

Commissioner Kevin O'Neill recused himself from the discussion and the vote.
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Here are pictures of the Valley Ho condo interiors.
The Sales model was just recently completed.
Catherine Hays is the architect. (Her Office is behind Postino)
They're amazing.... These are some of the first Urban "Condotels" (The Valley Ho will throw it into their own rental pool for a 20% management fee.) The Sanctuary on Camelback has this same program and it works extremely well...























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^ Great to see more of the interiors. Thanks for the tour.
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The Valley "Ho?"
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Scottsdale Waterfront to get ecofriendly hotel
By Donna Hogan, Tribune
October 19, 2006
Hotel mogul Barry Sternlicht said Wednesday he has created a brand of ecofriendly, luxury hotels and will build one of the first versions at the Scottsdale Waterfront.

Sternlicht unveiled plans for 1 Hotels and Residences, a hip, five-star, boutique hotel brand that will be built on ecologically focused principles and operated to conform to environmentally sensitive consumption of natural resources.

The first five 1 hotel sites will be in Scottsdale, Paris, Seattle, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., he said.

The Scottsdale 1 is slotted for 4 acres at Marshall Way and Via Soleri and should break ground in about six months. It will be welcoming rich, ecoconscious guests in about two years, Sternlicht said.

“Scottsdale is a great city for what we are trying to do,” he said. “And because of the climate, we can do things in Scottsdale we can’t do in other cities.”

He expects the Scottsdale version of the brand to be like “staying in a living garden.”

Sternlicht is chairman and CEO of privately owned Starwood Capital Group, not to be confused with publicly traded Starwood Hotels & Resorts, the company he grew from an advantageous financial structure and a handful of hotels into the largest hotel company in the world.

Sternlicht passed on the day-to-day leadership of Starwood Hotels & Resorts a year ago to concentrate on his own company’s developments. Among them, is the Scottsdale Waterfront, now a bustling, burgeoning, live-work-play complex in downtown Scottsdale and an obvious choice for his new hotel brand.

As chairman of Scottsdale Hotels & Resorts, Sternlicht created the W, the first of the trendy, urban, minimalist brands. Arizona’s first W is under construction less than a mile from the 1 site. Sternlicht, who said he was involved in the site and design of the Scottsdale W, said his new hotel brand will be “a different product, a different experience.”

It will be a luxury level above the four-star W, he said, “and it will be lighter, brighter, more glass.” And, of course, it will be “green,” built to standards of the LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System, and monitored by the NRDC, the Natural Resources Defense Council.

“While some hotel brands pay lip service to the environment by asking guests to reuse towels, and adding plants to a lobby, 1 is not using ecofriendly jargon simply as a marketing tool,” Sternlicht said. “Our intention with 1 is to build hotels and residences that are truly green and minimize their impact on their environment.”

Each property also will donate 1 percent of its revenue to local environmental organizations guided by a steering committee with NRDC representation, he said. The 1 won’t compete directly with the W, he said, since it will be pricier and more luxurious, attracting “independent, sophisticated travelers who care about the environment and will pay a premium for a product that is good ecologically.”

Another W alum, New York restaurateur Stephen Hanson who designed the W’s original eateries and later founded the James Hotel chain in Scottsdale, is on board with 1. Hanson is pegged to design the dining and banquet aspect of the new brand.

Rachel Sacco, president of the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the choice of Scottsdale for one of the brand’s debut sites will enhance the city’s reputation as a key travel destination and one committed to preservation values.

“I think this is a wonderful business decision,” she said. “Scottsdale is a target market for boutique, cutting-edge brands, And with this, we will have just about every one.” Sternlicht said he is committed to proving properties can be luxurious and environmentally sensitive. “You don’t have to sleep in a burlap bag,” he said
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^ Good news. This new hotel chain is supposed to be THE next big thing in the hospitality business. The fact that they're choosing downtown Scottsdale as one of their first outposts bodes well for not only downtown Scottsdale, but the entire Phoenix market in general as well.
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Cool deal, now if they could get some water in the waterfront, it would be pretty sweet.
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C'mon now. With all of the development along this portion of that canal (Waterfront, Safari, Southbank, etc.), it can easily be considered a "waterfront". When all is said and done, I'm sure it'll be something of worth.

Ask Soleri. The architect named Paolo, that is .
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