By Matthew Roy for Arizona Builders Exchange
From the ashes of an abandoned South Scottsdale parking lot and a long-derelict nightclub may rise a new multi-family and retail mixed-use development.
The nightclub – formerly Polly Esther’s Culture Club, a 70s and 80s themed dance club, which opened around the turn of the century and has sat vacant since 2003 – will be razed to make way for a four-story, 170-unit, 160KSF apartment complex with retail and underground parking.
According to the rezoning application submitted by Tempe-based Synectic Design, Inc., the infill redevelopment – which combines two parcels considered too small for large developments and too large for others – will be among the first to utilize the Planned Unit Development (PUD) design standards. The project is envisioned to draw new residents and could inspire further revitalization of the area.
“The new development will be designed to offer more affordable options for those that look to live, work, play and shop right in their community,” according to the project narrative. “The site’s location is highly visible and the new development will assist in the effort to enhance and revitalize the South Scottsdale experience for both residents and visitors, turning what was formerly a dated building and unkempt lot into a new, high-quality mixed-use development.”
Fronting the west side of Scottsdale Road just south of Oak Street, the 6KSF retail storefront with covered parking behind for customers. The ground level of the residential tower will also contain 6KSF of amenities for residents, including the leasing office, mail room, lounge and business center and pool area. Beneath this area, an underground secured parking structure will provide elevator access to all four residence floors above.
The project aims to enhance affordability by incorporation green building strategies, such as passive cooling and solar design, natural daytime lighting and building orientation. Close by the booming Los Arcos area of South Scottsdale, the community will have easy access to public transit with ample access to commercial and cultural amenities within easy walking or biking distance.
The city’s Development Review Commission will consider the project submittal and make its recommendation to city council. The project’s owner was not identified nor was the construction timeline provided.