By Peter Madrid for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
The City of Scottsdale has approved an ordinance to develop a 2.5-acre site at the SEC of Scottsdale Road and Shoeman Lane for the construction of a 204KSF mixed-use office and retail building. It has not yet been submitted to the Development Review Board.
The property is located at 4419 N. Scottsdale Road, just north of the Galleria Corporate Centre office complex and is positioned for Class A office use. The office component consists of 190KSF of leasable space placed above the retail and a level of parking. Roughly 3,000SF of ground floor office foyer and lobby space is also provided. The floor plates are 37KSF, ideally sized to attract quality tenants and major employers.
The retail component consists of 13.5KSF and is appropriately placed on the west edge of the site to continue the active, walkable streets scene along Scottsdale Road. Outdoor patio space is provided to connect the interior spaces with the exterior public realm. The retail also wraps the corner and continues east along the Shoeman Lane frontage. Storefront glass facade will be the primary material used to visually connect and further activate the street level and public pedestrian realm.
The design approach for the project is to create a mixed-use building with premier office space that will attract innovative, corporate tenants to Downtown Scottsdale. The proposed building is intended to create an iconic and functional design that also adheres to sustainable building practices new economy tenants are demanding. (The building will comply with Scottsdale’s Green Building Program requirements and potentially seek LEED Certification).
The east-west orientation and the abundance of high-performance glass on the north facade not only maximizes views, but also takes advantage of natural daylighting strategies to reduce energy use. The building will also enhance the context of the downtown area by providing ground level commercial activity and quality pedestrian links through the site and into the existing downtown mix. The architectural character of the building will be contemporary in detail and material with the classical composition of base-middle-top.
“The proposal will help strengthen the identity of Scottsdale by sustaining a viable economic base,” according to the narrative in the City Council Report. “In recent years, downtown, and especially the Galleria Corporate Centre, has been transformed into an economic center for the city and the region by quickly becoming a desired location for up-and-coming and innovative companies. However, the amount of available office space suitable to court these sought after tenants is highly limited. This proposal will directly address that issue by adding roughly 190,000SF of new office space to help ensure Scottsdale maintains a strong economic base for years to come.”
The general and downtown plan’s designations encourage higher density housing combined with office, retail, and other uses that are compatible in new developments, redevelopment and infill that strengthen the downtown’s mix of businesses and activities through mutually supportive land uses.