By Philip Haldiman for The Arizona Republic
The owners of Cottonwoods Resort in Paradise Valley are looking to improve the property, with the possibility of offering services typically available at assisted-living facilities.
Lynne Lagarde, a zoning attorney representing Cottonwoods, said the resort ownership plans to refurbish the existing 150 casitas located on about 17 acres adjacent to the Borgata, near Scottsdale Road and Lincoln Drive.
This would include reconfiguring the main part of the resort to make parking more accessible, upgrading the pool and open-space areas, as well as adding amenities to enhance the resort’s attractiveness.
Lagarde also said the resort owners, WSRH Scottsdale Cottonwoods LLC and WSRH Scottsdale Land LLC, are looking at the possibility of developing the southwestern five acres for potential assisted-living facilities.
Representatives of the owners submitted an application for a major General Plan amendment to change that parcel’s land-use designation from low-density residential to resort/country club, Aug. 1.
Officials say they will submit an amended special-use permit to the town this week.
Adding some sort of senior-living component to the resort is a real possibility, she said.
Vice Mayor Michael Collins said senior-living opportunities for town residents was a topic of serious discussion during last year’s General Plan update process.
He said getting a redevelopment plan for Cottonwoods that is sensitive to the residential context of adjacent neighborhoods and provides a service to the town’s aging resident population can be a benefit to Paradise Valley.
The major General Plan amendment must be approved by December, which would allow for a summer 2014 start time, Lagarde said.
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