City Council members want to tweak a policy that allows building tall and dense buildings in Scottsdale.

Downtown Scottsdale could see more tall buildings and changing nightlife options in the next year.

Three projects are expected to break ground in the next year, although two of the residential developments still need the city’s OK to rise more than six stories.

Livewire to become restaurant, bowling alley

Livewire, which opened in2014 in Indian Plaza, closed in July and is expected to re-open in December as a Mexican restaurant and bowling alley.

Scottsdale-based Evening Entertainment Group still owns the venue, but wanted to switch gears. The venue has hosted smaller concerts, with a capacity of 1,100, ranging from hip-hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, to actor Jeff Bridges and reggae artist Shaggy.

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“There’s such a large live music scene in the Valley and it was harder than we thought,” said Jeff O’Neil, Evening Entertainment Group operations manager.

Evening Entertainment Group also owns The Mint, Hi Fi Kitchen and Cocktails and Bottled Blonde night clubs in downtown Scottsdale, according to city records.

Casa Amigos at the former Livewire will serve Mexican food on the bottom level with access to the second-floor Sky Lanes bowling alley, O’Neil said.

The project requires approval on tweaking the floor plan and adding an outdoor patio, which will go to the council in August.

Luxury apartments at Peacock Scottsdale

Scottsdale-based developer Deco Communities first submitted plans for Peacock Scottsdale in December 2016.

The proposed apartments at 7433 N. Scottsdale Road would be a stone’s throw from Scottsdale Fashion Square mall.

The project requires city approval for two 10-story apartment towers. Most buildings in Scottsdale must be under 60 feet or get special approval from the City Council.

In exchange for additional height, city policy requires developers to provide a “public benefit,” whether road improvements, parking or public art.

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Rob Lyles, Deco founder and senior partner, said he couldn’t discuss much of the project, which goes before the Development Review Board in August, and said he wasn’t sure which public benefit the project would provide.

Lyles said the project would include 160 units averaging 1,125 square-feet each and 2,000-square-foot penthouses.

Lyles said he’d like to break ground in the first quarter of 2018.

Deco Communities also developed Inspire Downtown Scottsdale and Edison Midtown in Phoenix, both luxury condo projects.

Winfield Hotel and Residences

The Winfield Hotel and Residences is proposed as a nine-story luxury hotel and condo project with a hydroponic farm and cafe.

The developer is Tempe-based Davis, which was the architectural design firm behind other projects such as Portland on the Park luxury condos in Phoenix and Marina Heights business park near Tempe Town Lake.

The project, proposed at 4221 N. Scottsdale Road, would include 246 hotel rooms and 16 luxury condos, said Mike Edwards, the principal and senior architectural designer for Davis.

The project requires special approval for its height. Plans were submitted with the city in April and a Planning Commission hearing is not yet scheduled.

Edwards said developers plan to provide improvements to Scottsdale Road as a public benefit, in exchange for the nine-story building height.

“I was on the planning commission for six years so I’m well aware of those concerns (surrounding tall buildings),” he said. “When you’re putting tall hotels downtown in a business district, though, they’re not near single-family homes and you’re getting bed tax from the hotels, (and) tourists are going and supporting the restaurants and the galleries.”

Edwards said he hopes to break ground next summer. 

Many of the project’s amenities will be hammered out once the proposal moves through the city process, he said.

However, the first floor is expected to have a hydroponic farm, growing crops indoors without soil, Edwards said.

“You can grow 24/7 and not have to depend on nature,” he said. “The cafe is going to be stocked with food from the hydroponic farm.”


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