By Matthew Roy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
The city’s Development Review Board will consider a developer’s plan for a 123-unit residential project at Scottsdale and Dove Valley roads amidst the cluster of resorts and golf courses in far North Scottsdale.
The luxury community, Scottsdale Heights, would be situated on 14 acres of a parcel, which was once home to Carefree Studios. The studios had been built for the second Dick Van Dyke Show, which aired over four seasons in the early 70s. The studio’s Western town backlot was also a location for the movie, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
The site was annexed from Carefree in the 80s after decades of disuse, and razed in 1999 to make room for a 325KSF power retail center. The Scottsdale Heights project will be located just north of that property. Another 14-acre parcel just east of that was approved in 2006 for a 90-unit community called Paloma, but has laid vacant since that time. Paloma is slated to start development this year as well.
The project will encompass 24 two-story buildings with a maximum 30’ height; each building will include either four or seven three-room condominiums. The resort-style community will be ideal for residents who want a low-maintenance luxury lifestyle. Around and through the cluster of buildings will be a network of sidewalks and walking paths, as well as generous communal open space.
A multi-use path will commemorate the previous studio and its contributions and create a connection to wildlife corridors and recreation land uses nearby, such as hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and wildlife fun. The community will not be walled, allowing easy access for wildlife and people alike to the rest of neighborhood.
Landscaping will incorporate native Sonoran Desert vegetation throughout the site. Going further, they will rehabilitate a portion of the site, which had previously been graded and is currently scraped clean of plant life. This will conserve the site and enhance storm water flow.
The developer has engaged LVA Urban Design as the project architect. No GC or project timeline were identified.