By Terrance Thornton for Independent Newsmedia Inc.
The first step toward rebirth of the popular Mountain Shadows Golf Resort is underway as workers begin renovating a portion of 56th Street running alongside the central resort property.
Crown Realty and Development is making good on its promise of dedicating $1.6M to allow the Town of Paradise Valley to completely renovate a rundown stretch of road at 56th Street at Lincoln Drive.
Both Paradise Valley and Cullum Homes officials say 56th Street improvements will be the key toward keeping the entire Mountain Shadows site – residential components and all – on what will feel and look like a congruent piece of resort property.
Highlights of the project include:
- Lush desert landscaping offering lots of shade stretches along the road in two of the proposals. One proposal calls for a 12-foot wide landscaped median separating the two lanes of traffic;
- Pedestrian and bike paths are created along the western side of the street, the side of the street that would face the golf course and resort. Earth berms and concrete walls would be built as well to buffer noise and protect the privacy of those living at the resort;
- Shade structures and benches would be installed along the paths. The intersection at McDonald and 56th could also include some sort of monument;
- Roundabouts at Lincoln and 56th, McDonald and 56th and at Nauni Valley and 56th.
The nondescript two-lane roadway presently offers little in the way of recreation or panoramic views other than offering a glimpse of Camelback Mountain to the south and Mummy Mountain to the north.
Paradise Valley Councilman Paul Dembow says revitalization of the resort could become a centerpiece for the community.
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