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Scottsdale Council Approves Contentious Echo at Windgate Condos

By Edward Gately for The Arizona Republic

An artists rendering of the proposed Echo condominium project near Bell Road and Thompson Peak Parkway. Photo Credit: Todd & Associates

The Scottsdale City Council Tuesday cleared the way for a two-story condominium project that nearby homeowners say is too dense and intense, and will decrease their property values.

Deco Communities, formerly Starpointe Communities, plans to build Echo at Windgate, a 13-building complex with 104 condominiums on a nearly 11-acre site that wraps around the Windgate Crossing shopping center northwest of Bell Road and Thompson Peak Parkway. Residents of nearby Windgate Ranch remain opposed to the project.

After a lengthy hearing that included nearly 40 public comments, the council voted 5-2 to approve a non-major General Plan amendment, rezoning and the termination of a previous development agreement with the city for the site.

John Berry, a zoning attorney representing Deco, said the proposal is a “down zoning” from what would be allowed under the current zoning. He also said the complex would be “high-end” condominiums that would be larger and less dense than apartments, and that an appraiser hired by Deco concluded that the development would have a positive impact on nearby property values.

Project supporters included the North Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, McDowell Mountain Ranch Vendors,Bashas’ Vice President Johnny Basha, Ice Den President Mike O’Hearn, real estate agents and business owners.

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