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Scottsdale Eyes ‘Live-Work-Play’ Mixed-Use

Courtesy of City of Scottsdale

By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

Scottsdale is reviewing a proposal from Kaplan Management Company to create a 622-unit multifamily mixed use live/work/play development on 10.29 acres at Greenway-Hayden Loop and North 73rd Street in the Scottsdale Airpark.

To be built in two phases, the plan calls for two four-story luxury residential buildings with five internal courtyards. The buildings will be accessible by a series of pedestrian passages throughout the site and to an outer sidewalk network. Units will be available in a variety of one- and two-bedroom layouts, some of which will include rooftop access. Planned amenities include a 7,855SF clubhouse and a 5,354SF fitness center, as well as an onsite business center with conference facilities.

The retail and commercial component includes more than 7KSF of planned restaurant space, 1,700SF of office space and seven live/work units.

The proposal cites the existing and proposed retail/commercial uses in the area as a driving motivation behind the project, stating, “An increase in residential density is important towards balancing and supporting these uses as well as (the) live, work, and play lifestyle concept.” The Scottsdale Airpark North area, which includes the proposed development, currently houses 116KSF of retail and 250KSF of office space.

Existing commercial developments within walking distance include Kierland Commons (437KSF), Scottsdale Quarter (400KSF), Scottsdale Promenade (700KSF) and Zocallo (100KSF). Given the developments and vacancy rates in the immediate area, Kaplan states the retail and commercial volume proposed for the project will adequately serve future residents and help balance the area’s residential, employment and retail bases.

Kaplan plans the development to serve as a transitional space to create a functional boundary between the Airpark’s employment zone retail/commercial uses. Scottsdale Airpark is the second largest employment center in the state, according to the submission narrative.

Design Elements

The conceptual plans created by Biltform Architecture call for a contemporary design with varied rooflines that alternated between flat parapets and roof overhangs. The buildings’ massing will change approximately every 100 feet to incorporate the bump out of the amenity areas, live/work units and other features.

Colors will be a mix of brown, off-white and tan, accented with other shades on a Sonoran Desert palette.

The native, low-use landscape theme features two corridors with tree- and shrub-lined sidewalks. The five interior courtyards will feature varied landscaping to accentuate amenities such as the swimming pool, fountains, a putting green, TV area, and barbeque and outdoor dining facilities.

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