By Eric Jay Toll for The Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Infill. Adaptive reuse. Riverfront. Three big concepts in the growth of Old Town Scottsdale as the city council OKs Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale’s new $25M renovation at Highland Ave. and Scottsdale Rd. in the Riverfront neighborhood. The “boutique luxury dealership,” the second to open in this neighborhood – Tesla Motors is inside the adjacent Fashion Park Mall – adapts an under-utilized office building into a multi-story car dealership and service center.
The Irwin G. Pasternack AIA & Associates/DAVIS Experience design adapts the former Highland Park office building with the dealership’s showroom, sales floor and offices moving into the 80K SF building. A largely undeveloped back lot fronting the Arizona Canal will be developed into a service center and parking garage. Once constructed, the dealership will fully utilize the 4.8 acre site. The dealership is not ready to announce the contractor as of press time.
The Scottsdale City Council approved the conditional use permit allowing Phoenix Motor Company to make the move into its neighboring city. The project was not without controversy. Residential property owners to the north across Highland Ave. objected to the scale and potential impacts. Business leaders in the area supported the move. The project is expected to relocate and create 150 jobs into the area and generate $3M annually in tax revenue.
Original source: Phoenix Business Journal