By Mathew Roy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
A developer wants to tear down an old car dealership to build a walkable residential community in downtown Scottsdale, arguably one of the Valley’s most pedestrian-friendly locales. The partially abandoned former Luxor Auto Group dealership building, along with an auto repair and body shop, will be razed to make way for the multifamily project.
According to a preliminary application submitted to the Development Review Board, Wood Partners would construct Alta Osborn, a 277-unit apartment complex located at 3220 N. Scottsdale Road, just north of the NWC of Scottsdale and Earll Drive. The complex will consist of 172 one-bedroom units, 92 two-bedroom units, and 13 three-bedroom units, with a 440-car parking garage.
“The redevelopment of this underutilized and partially vacant site will contribute towards the economic stability of Scottsdale by providing housing options in the heart of Downtown,” according to the applicant’s submittal.
The 4.84-acre site is surrounded by retail, residential, employment, entertainment and service related businesses and is close to two of the area’s largest employers, Honor Health and the City of Scottsdale. The layout consists of a “wrap-style” building design, with residential buildings oriented toward the perimeter around an above-ground parking garage.
Buildings range from two stories along the Scottsdale Road and 71st Street frontages, up to four stories with fifth-floor mezzanine in limited areas. The pedestrian-oriented design features ground level units with patios and front door stoops to define an urban neighborhood feel that integrates the complex into the surrounding community.
“A critical design quality that is considered in this building design is human scale,” Wood Partners says in its application. “Human scale provides for both a higher quality pedestrian environment, which is created with a variety of small-scale building elements rather than a single large unarticulated building, and a sense of ‘home’ for the residents.”
Communal amenities at the complex will be located at the ground level and oriented toward Scottsdale Road to create street frontages that mimic commercial storefronts. More than half of that frontage will be comprised of a 7KSF state-of-the-art clubhouse in a lifestyle center, with a social room, kitchen, business center, conference room, leasing office, and 3KSF fitness center with a separate yoga room.
Wood Partners is the developer behind a number of other recent multifamily projects, including Alta Fillmore in downtown Phoenix, Alta Paradise Ridge and Alta Camelback in Phoenix, Alta Steelyard Lofts in downtown Chandler, and Alta Scottsdale in Scottsdale, along with complexes in North Phoenix, Tempe and Peoria.
No project timeline was identified in the documents.
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