By Peter Madrid for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
The City of Scottsdale Development Review Board will consider Skye on McDowell, a new gated subdivision which will comprise 55, fee-title lots with attached two-story, single family residences at the SWC of North 70th Street and East McDowell Road.
Property owner 777 Properties LLC seeks to rezone five contiguous parcels from C-3 and C-4 to R-5 to allow for a new gated subdivision, Skye on McDowell. K. Hovnanian Homes is the developer.
The property is an active auto dealer site adjacent to existing single-family to the south, with designated mixed-use neighborhoods to the east and west. The proposed development will complement the anticipated and established makeup of the area in terms of compatibility in use and physically through development features such as landscape buffers and an “enhanced pedestrian environment.”
Internal streets will be private, with primary access provided along McDowell Road and secondary access on 70th Street. A central amenity area is proposed for residents and open space areas accessible to the public are proposed at the NW and NE corners of the project.
“The McDowell Road Corridor has undergone dramatic redevelopment recently, starting with a Mark-Taylor project at the intersection of North Miller Road and East McDowell Road and the Las Aguas project on the north side of McDowell west of N. 68th Street,” according to the submitted project narrative. “Both were previously zoned commercial and also occupied by auto sales firms. Both were rezoned to accommodate high-density residential.”
Landscape and hardscape improvements along the McDowell Road frontage will be consistent with the “Traditional Resort Theme” as indicated in the McDowell Road Streetscape Design Guidelines. In addition to sidewalks and pathways, pedestrian amenities along the East McDowell Road frontage will include benches, shade structures and/or pedestrian-scale lighting. No building in Skye will exceed 26 feet in height.
LVA Urban Design Studio provided the conceptual site plan and the subdivision plan. No project timeline was identified.