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CopperWynd Expansion Moves Forward

By Bob Burns for Fountain Hills Times

Fountain Hills’ Planning and Zoning Department took the first step March 9 that would allow the owner of the CopperWynd Resort to redevelop the property with 10 times the current room capacity.

The commission voted unanimously, 7-0, to recommend the Town Council approve the needed zoning adjustments to accommodate the major expansion.

The current resort is included within a mixed-use with residential villas. The new zoning is designed to create more flexibility in design and use than the current PUD, according to town Development Services Director Bob Rodgers.

The council is to consider the zoning request when it meets this week, along with a separate development agreement for the resort. The proposed changes would all take place on the 16.5-acre footprint of the existing resort. The clubhouse and restaurant area would remain intact and remain open during redevelopment.

The proposed plan calls for 300 guest rooms, 10 times the existing 32, with construction to take place in three phases over 10 years.

Phase I replaces the existing hotel rooms with a guest wing that includes 128 rooms. It would also add a 10KSF banquet and conference facility.

Phase II will be the construction of a new building at the south end of the clubhouse, which is to include 60 new guest rooms in a five-story structure. There will also be pool area renovations with a poolside lounge/restaurant and parking expansion.

Phase III will include the construction of the final 122 rooms. The final phase also includes additional outdoor activity spaces with additional pool areas, another restaurant and a parking garage with roof-top tennis courts.

Jordan Rose of Rose Law Group represented the project before the commission and noted that CopperWynd owner Bill Hinz has already invested $6M in property improvements since taking over. She also projects that when all three phases of the project are complete it will generate $1.65M in total sales tax receipts, a ten-fold increase over the numbers for 2016.

Read more at Fountain Hills Times.

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