By Eric Jay Toll for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
For years, planning professionals called for more infill development—and now innovative and cutting edge development groups are heeding the call. Condominiums are on the rise in central Scottsdale. Announced last year, Eldorado on 1st, a compact, 7-unit residential mixed use community is planned for six tenths of an acre in the shadow of the Valley Ho Resort (AZBEX, Oct. 29).
The Will Bruder Architects LLC-designed concept, 6901-6915 E. First St., puts residential units on the second and third floors and opens the first floor to 4.5KSF of commercial space and private garages. The first floor also features a lap pool and spa for residents.
The developer, North American Development Group, has the building situated to offer views of both McDowell and Camelback mountains from each apartment. Bruder’s form for the design is “functional fine art based on the site and user needs.”
NADG functions as its own GC, and hopes to break ground shortly after the city’s final approvals this summer. The infill project is across the street from The Standard at Valley Ho, being developed by Trinsic (AZBEX, May 5, 2013). Eldorado on 1st is in a neighborhood of redevelopment activity. To the south, Landmark Homes is going through final approvals with Scottsdale for the 28-unit Aerium condominium community (AZBEX, Feb. 7). A pair of midcentury apartments in the area have been renovated over the past few years.
Earlier this month, Deco Communities announced plans for Envy (AZBEX, Apr. 4), an eight-story contemporary condominium community near the Waterfront area east of Scottsdale Road. North of the Arizona Canal, two apartment communities and one condominium project are under construction. A second condominium project stalled after digging the land area for its parking garage.