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Residents Await Revised Saddle Mountain Plaza Plan

By Peter Corbett for The Arizona Republic

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Residents living near the Saddle Mountain Plaza at 136th Street and Via Linda are awaiting a revised plan to tear down the dormant shopping center and redevelop the site with condominiums. If the plans are approved, the development group would hope to start construction about a year from now, and it would take 18 to 24 months to build the condos, he said

The Concerned Citizens of Scottsdale Mountain opposed plans from Saddle 136 LLC that surfaced in January to build a 150-unit condo development on about 9.5 acres.

In reaction to [neighbor] objections, the Saddle 136 LLC withdrew its redevelopment plan Aug. 14. The shopping center had been anchored by a 40,000-square-foot Bashas’ supermarket.

A revised concept for the property should be ready by the end of September, said Jim Riggs, a representative of Saddle 136.

A key change involves reducing building heights for eight of the 10 planned condo buildings from three to two stories, Riggs said.

A pair of three-story buildings would be built on the southern edge of the property, taking advantage of a 40-foot decline in the slope of the site, he said.

Saddle 136 acquired the distressed property last year in three separate deals, he said.

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