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Fifth Avenue Specialty District Guidelines

(Downtown Scottsdale)

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What is it?

The Fifth Avenue Special District Guidelines are a subsection of the Downtown Urban Design and Architectural Guidelines. These special district guidelines provide the urban design objectives and delineate the desirable, conditionally acceptable, and unacceptable design guidelines for the Fifth Avenue Special District area.

City Council approved - July, 1986, rev. 2004.

Thumbnail_5thAveWhere does it apply?

The Fifth Avenue Special District area is generally bounded by Scottsdale Road to the east, the Arizona Canal to the north, Goldwater Boulevard to the west, and the properties located on the south side of Fifth Avenue.

Who needs to use it?

City staff, and applicants involved in new development, infill, or revitalization projects located in the Fifth Avenue Special District area.

Why was it developed?

Downtown's special districts are an important part of Scottsdale's history and a unique attraction to both residents and visitors. New development in these districts must respect the existing scale and character of neighboring buildings and must contribute to the urban design goals of its district location.

Key Points:

  1. Strengthen Fifth Avenue's specialty shopping environment by maintaining active street frontages with continuous shops and frequent building entrances.\
  2. Create and strengthen pedestrian and trolley connections to the Main Street District along Marshall Way.
  3. Encourage the potential of the Arizona Canal frontage as a walking promenade with shops, restaurants, and other activities carefully linked to the Fifth and Sixth Avenue and Stetson Drive areas.
  4. Improve the character and continuity of the district's street spaces.
  5. Require covered walkways on all new buildings on Fifth Avenue, Sixth Avenue, and Stetson Drive. Encourage them on all other building frontages in the district.
  6. Desirable building materials include: wood siding, stucco, mortar-washed concrete or slump block, adobe or burned block, and brick. Colors: light earth tones. Vivid colors may be used as accents in small areas.
  7. Desirable details: street furniture such as wood benches, courtyard fountains, planter boxes, earthen pots, and pedestrian-scale lighting.
  8. Desirable covered walkway form is flat roof with parapet.
  9. All exterior light sources and interior light sources visible from the street or sidewalk must have lamps shielded from view. Incandescent or halide lamps are preferred.
  10. Apparent building and storefront width maximum is 50 feet. Provide at least one storefront entrance for every 30 feet of building width.

References and related documents:

Download printable 5th Avenue Specialty District policy card  (pdf/532kb/1p/2004)