A Scottsdale Airpark development will add a residential component to complement its office facilities after the City Council’s approval of some rezoning.
Earlier this summer, the Scottsdale City Council approved a non-major general plan amendment and a zoning district map amendment for a 9.6-acre lot at the corner of Raintree Drive and 87th Street.
These approvals, which include bonus development standards for height and floor area ratio, pave the way for a five-story, multifamily residential building to go along with the already-planned three-story office building.
The City Council also approved accepting the TCC — Raintree Development Plan into the public record as well as a development agreement for the property.
The non-major general plan amendment allows for the change from airpark mixed-use to airpark mixed-use residential of 3.4 acres of the property.
The zoning map amendment changes the property from planned community, industrial park zoning to planned community, planned airpark core development — airpark mixed-use with a planned shared development overlay for 6.24 acres of the property.
The other 3.4 acres will carry a planned community, planned airpark core development — airpark mixed-use residential with a planned shared development overlay.
The new zoning allows for a height of 62 feet, an increase of 10 feet from the previous zoning. With the bonus, however, the property can reach up to 104 feet in height though plans call for buildings to top out at 69 feet, which includes roof appurtenances.
Furthermore, the site’s new zoning allows for 287,310 square feet (0.8 floor area ratio) but with the bonus, the site will carry 396,983 square feet (1.11 floor area ratio). Floor area ratio includes the ratio of building’s total floor area with the size of the piece of land where it sits.
In exchange for the increases, developer PR III/Crow Raintree Office will pay about $1.54 million for special public improvements. Specifically, the developer will contribute the money to the Greater Airpark Special Public Improvement Trust Fund.
The residential building will featureup to 195 units and sit amid office and retail uses. The office building that will share the site is under construction.
The site sits next to two four-lane streets, and city staff believe the development will bring more foot traffic to the area. City staff say there is a concern there will be an increase in mid-block pedestrian crossings on both Raintree Drive and Northsight Boulevard as the controlled crosswalks are not near the main building entrance.
City staff estimate the development will bring an additional 2,100 vehicles daily to Raintree Drive and 700 vehicles daily to Northsight Boulevard. Staff say Northsight has adequate capacity to handle the increase, but Raintree will draw near to its capacity.
Independent of this project, the city has identified a project that will help improve circulation by installing a roundabout at the Northsight/Raintree intersection. Staff also said the Arizona Department of Transportation plans to do an interchange upgrade at Loop 101 and Raintree Drive within the coming years.