255 Apartment Units Planned for Corner of Scottsdale and Bell

By Mark Carlisle | Scottsdale Independent A high-rise apartment building is planned for the southwest corner of Scottsdale and Bell roads, across the street from The Promenade shopping center. The project could face pushback, as two members of the local planning committee have already said they think the 157-foot, 14-story building is too tall. The …

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Scottsdale Passes The Kimsey Development in Old Town

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent Will The Kimsey give downtown Scottsdale proprietors a much-needed shot in the arm? Most of Scottsdale City Council thinks so. The Kimsey — with plans that include a 168-room hotel, 190-dwelling units, a restaurant and commercial space at 7110 E. Indian School Road — was opposed only by Councilwoman …

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Scottsdale Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Heads for Council Vote

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent It has been a long and winding road, but Scottsdale appears to have finally reached consensus that an anti-discrimination ordnance belongs embedded within city codes. According to city officials, as city ordinances are written now, residents can be denied service or housing in Scottsdale based on such factors as …

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Short-Term Rental Platforms Support New Arizona Bill

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent A new bill addressing short-term rental properties has garnered support from the two dominant rental platforms — but not the full support of Paradise Valley’s mayor — as it takes initial steps through the Arizona Legislature. “We and other municipalities registered in opposition to this bill primarily because there …

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67th Annual Scottsdale Parada del Sol Canceled

Scottsdale Independent The organizers of the Scottsdale Parada del Sol have announced the 2021 parade and Trail’s End Festival have been canceled. “After careful consideration the 2021 Scottsdale Parada del Sol Parade and Trail’s End Festival has been postponed,” said Parada del Sol Parade Chairman Jose Leon. The Parada board has been monitoring the COVID-19 …

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Arizona Real Estate Innovations That Will Stick After COVID-19

By Terrence Thornton | Scottsdale Independent “Virtual tours and online notaries will remain popular after the pandemic. Especially as remote workers from other states look for more affordable homes in Arizona.” – Rebecca Grossman Rebecca Grossman, CEO at Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS®, agrees technological advancements of the past few years make it possible for …

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Home Appreciation Climbs in Metro Phoenix Housing Market

By Terrence Thornton | Scottsdale Independent In a world turned upside by a global pandemic amid a quickly changing economic landscape where laws of yesterday no longer apply — one law of business a part of the Arizona real estate marketplace remains true. Real estate professionals, analysts and brokers agree the law of supply and …

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Mayor-Elect Ortega: Scottsdale ‘Shattered’ by Short-Term Rentals

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent Days have gone by since more than 30 Arizona mayors signed a letter urging short-term rental platform CEOs to end lobbying efforts against legislation change — a move that gained no more than crickets in response. Paradise Valley Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner, one of 33 officials to sign on to …

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Paradise Valley Eyes Best Practice for Building Pad Heights

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent The Paradise Valley Planning Commission will discuss building pad heights at its next meeting — a topic garnering residential heat. When vacant non-hillside lots are developed, or existing properties are redeveloped, building pad heights and overall allowable heights are often questioned by neighboring property owners, Paradise Valley town officials …

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Arizona Mayors Band Together in Fight Against Short-Term Rentals

By Melissa Rosequist | Scottsdale Independent Thirty of Arizona’s mayors banded together in an effort to confront Airbnb and Expedia CEOs about the short-term rental homes they believe are tearing their communities apart. Paradise Valley Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner and Scottsdale Mayor-elect Dave Ortega were among the group. The move illustrates the growing frustration felt across …

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