South Scottsdale has experienced wonderful growth in residential property over the last few years. Mark Taylor purchased the Los Arcos Mall land, demolished the old buildings and is now constructing their 500+ unit luxury complex. ASU's SkySong has completed buildings 1 and 2, and the residential apartments should be available for rent in 2014. On Scottsdale Rd south of McKellips, where the Burger King, One Stop Fitness and the Greek restaurant once were is now flattened so yet another apartment complex can be built. Frys On McDowell Rd has now completed their major renovation and reopened as a Frys Marketplace. Residents in South Scottsdale are overjoyed that their once tired, and people packed grocery store has larger aisles and more features. 

Yet with all these great improvements in the area there are still numerous tired store fronts and a lack of retail stores. There are no sit down restaurants or boutiques to speak of. In the next 3 years the area can anticipate to having thousands of new residents living in these new apartment complexes.

At this point South Scottsdale is positioned to become apartment city.  Something needs to be done to encourage retailers to rent/improve and set up shop along the McDowell corridor between Scottsdale Rd and Hayden Rd where the bulk of these new apartment complexes are being built. This will help to; preserve the value of single family homes in South Scottsdale, encourage aesthetic improvement of tired storefronts and create a better image for South Scottsdale. 

To encourage retailers to open in South Scottsdale (SS) the City of Scottsdale (COS) should provide the following:

  • Retail business must be open for business by February 2015 and be located on McDowell Rd between Scottsdale Rd east to Hayden Rd. 

  • Newly opened retail businesses shall receive a discounted tax rate of .07% compared to the COS 1.65% tax rate. The retail store shall charge the standard 7.95% combined tax to the customer but will benefit for the first 5 years of business and keep .95% as part of profit. 

  • The business must stay current on all taxes at all times. Any default in any tax payments shall result in the application of the standard 1.65% tax rate retroactively to the date of open. The owner would be personally liable.

  • Any serious code violations will result in the application of the full 1.65% tax to the next tax bill date, and void any future tax discounts under this program.

  • The business must apply at the COS for the special discount tax rate and be added to the public list. A review board must approve of the storefront look and decor and may have certain requirements of the retailers in order for the retailer to obtain the tax incentive. 

  • A maximum of 20 new storefronts with the incentive tax rate would be available. 

This would be an incredible incentive for upscale retail businesses to open up in South Scottsdale. Additionally, all of the residents of South Scottsdale can enjoy more retail, and an improved or maintained home value and a better neighborhood. The goal is for old abandoned storefronts to be redone and any crime that can result in the abandoned property forgone. 

This area has a wonderful location, 5 minutes to Old Town, 10 minutes to the airport, 10 minutes to Mill Ave and 20 minutes to downtown Phoenix. Thousands of Valley residents pass by this area as they use Scottsdale Rd to go North and South to work and school, and this could be a wonderful place to stop off. 

There's a huge desire to live in SS because of the location, now the COS needs to appeal to the retailers who can provide great shopping and dining to the SS of the future.

The improvements resulting from a tax incentive for retailers would have major impact, including a renovated SS which could become a great portrait of excellence for Scottsdale instead of that area we currently sweep under the rug. SS is Scottsdale too, but it is often neglected. 

Please vote for this idea so we can renew South Scottsdale and make it part of the luxury atmosphere Scottsdale is known for. 

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I would like to share results of my research about Wireless Towers:

 " Cell phone companies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration assert that
cell phone towers don’t pose health risks to the public.  Some studies
support this assertion, but other studies suggest just the opposite.
Harvard-trained Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona’s medical
center recently observed, “In January 2008, the National Research Council
(NRC), an arm of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy
of Engineering, issued a report saying that we simply don't know enough about
the potential health risks of long-term exposure to RF energy from cell phones
themselves, cell towers, television towers, and other components of our communications
system. The scientists who prepared the report emphasized, in particular, the
unknown risks to the health of children, pregnant women, and fetuses as well
as of workers whose jobs entail high exposure to RF (radiofrequency) energy….Because
so much of cell phone technology is new and evolving, we don't have data on
the consequences of 10, 20 or 30 years worth of exposure to the RF energy they
emit,”  Weil concluded.  The report called for long-term safety
studies on all wireless devices including cell phones, computers, and cell
phone towers. A 2006  report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO)
offered some reassurance and found no scientific evidence that radiofrequency
signals from cell towers cause adverse health effects.  The report noted
that up to five times more of the RF signals from FM radio and television (than
from cell towers) are absorbed by the body with no known adverse effects on
health in the more than 50 years that radio and TV broadcast stations have
been operating. But an Australian study found that children living near TV and
FM broadcast towers, which emit similar radiation to cell towers, developed
leukemia at three times the rate of children living over seven miles away. If
you live within a quarter mile of a cell phone antenna or tower, you may be
at risk of serious harm to your health, according to a German study cited at,
a site devoted to exposing hazards associated with electromagnetic frequencies
from cell phone towers and other sources. Cancer rates more than tripled among people living within 400 meters of cell
phone towers or antennas, a German study found.  Those within 100 meters
were exposed to radiation at 100 times normal levels.  An Israeli study
found risk of cancer quadrupled among people living within 350 meters (1,148
feet) of a cell phone transmitter—and seven out of eight cancer victims
were women.  Both studies focused only on people who had lived at the
same address for many years. Other studies have found that levels of radiation emitted from cell phone
towers can damage cell tissues and DNA, causing miscarriage, suppressing immune
function, and causing other health problems. Astoundingly, the federal government does not allow rejection of a cell phone
tower based on health risks, according
to a 2005 article
. A
Google search found no evidence that this situation has changed. Yet over 1.9
million cell phone towers and antennae have been approved nationwide without
federal studies to assure safety of those living nearby. How many cell phone towers and antennas are in your neighborhood?  Find
out at  I
plugged in my address on Mt. Helix, hardly an urban stronghold, and was astounded
to discover that there are 96 cell phone towers, 286 antennas and 2 proposals
for new towers within four miles of my home!  So how about Mom’s neighborhood, where an Evangelical church insists
a new tower is needed? Mom gets perfectly fine cell phone reception, and so
do the neighbors she’s spoken with—not surprising since there are
already 113  towers and 335 antennas within a four-mile radius.  Churches, schools, fire stations, and other buildings are increasingly erecting
cell phone towers or antennas because cell phone companies are willing to pay
rental fees of hundreds or even thousands of dollars a month—welcome
infusions for cash-strapped budgets. But at what cost to the public’s
health?  There are young children in Mom’s neighborhood, less than
one block from the proposed cell phone antenna site. In Sweden, the government requires interventions to protect the public from
electromagnetic frequencies.  Why isn’t the U.S. government paying
attention to this potential risk to public safety? If you wish to share your views on the T-Mobile proposed cell phone tower
at 5777 Lake Murray Blvd. (near Marengo Avenue), the La Mesa City Council will
hold a public meeting on Wednesday, November 5th at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers
at the La Mesa City Hall, 8130 Allison Ave., La Mesa. » "

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Elevated Trail on McDowell Road – Bad Idea 

Building an elevated trail on or near McDowell Road is a terrible and costly idea. Using New York City’s unused elevated train tracks to create a landscaped path was a great idea because the track were already there and would have cost more to remove. The urban density of New York is twice that of Scottsdale.

I have lived here for over 30 years and urban sprawl is the reason that areas decline in use. Attempting to jumpstart and area with an elevated walkway, which is not a destination, is incomprehensible. Phoenix has been redeveloping its downtown for over 20 years with limited success. Unless there is an event at one of the large venues the streets are empty. The big department stores and grocery stores left in the 1970s and 80s and probably will never return.

People drive from place to place they do not walk like in New York. The Light Rail is nowhere near. Connecting Indian Bend Wash to a little used Papago Park would not be used as a walkway. People drive to the Zoo and the Desert Botanical Gardens they would not walk from McDowell Road, let alone, from Indian Bend Wash.

Finally, making comparisons with this walkway to the McDowell Mountains is not comparable. The mountains have been there for tens of thousands of years; Scottsdale chose to pay so they were not developed with homes and buildings. Trails were improved or built so people could enjoy the natural wonders of the desert. The Discovery Center in the Preserve would also be a bad idea. Transporting the desert to a concrete structure under a noisy polluted thoroughfare is beyond comprehension. Please drop this costly and pointless endeavor. 

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Revive South Scottsdale!

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We need more events in the community. For families to do on the weekends. Tempe has the Beach park and Mill Ave which they are constantly doing events on let's do more in Scottsdale! I will gladly help!

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