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McDowell Corridor Revitalization

MCD MapThe McDowell Corridor is an 8-square mile area which spans McDowell Road from Pima Road west to Phoenix, and includes surrounding neighborhoods north to Osborn Road and south to the City limits. 

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Mcdowell  corridor  news

City Council Reduces Building Permit Fees for McDowell Corridor!
Home Improvement Center
Residents and businesses will pay less for building permit fees starting April 15th. The City Council approved a temporary program designed to jump-start revitalization of existing residential and commercial properties in the area. The program runs for two years. So now is the time to get going on that home improvement project or commercial remodel!

AZCentral takes a look at the McDowell Corridor: Regaining Former Glory

Mighty McDowell: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Scottsdale’s Southern Core

Mark Kia FireMark Kia to rebuild new showroom
Fire in June destroyed the new showroom just prior to completion of construction.  Keep your eye on the corner of Scottsdale Road and Roosevelt while the dealership remains open as it rebuilds a new showroom.

Platos Open
Plato's Closet Retail
Completes construction at Scottsdale and McDowell roads and is now open!


Transit expanded service began October 2014

The City’s Fiscal Year 2014-15 budget includes a $450,000 annual investment for improved transit service primarily within the McDowell Corridor to: 

  • Expand Route 56 to McDowell Road including stops at SkySong and 74th Street, with stops every 30 minutes on weekdays and 60 minutes on weekends. The route originates in Chandler and also stops at the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden.
  • Increase bus frequency on McDowell Road (Route 17) Thomas Road (Route 29) to every 16 to 20 minutes, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays (buses stop every 30 minutes after 6 p.m.)   

The city is widening the McDowell Road bridge over the Indian Bend Greenbelt
The project will add bike lanes and a protected pedestrian path, allowing people to directly access the parks and amenities in the greenbelt. Construction of the $2 million project commenced late 2014 and should take about one year.

The city will widen the sidewalk on the north side of McDowell between Scottsdale and Skysong TransitMiller roads
The sidewalk will be widened to 8 feet to meet accessibility standards, and separated where possible from the curb to improve pedestrian safety. Construction of the $95,000 project is scheduled to begin in 2015.

Salt River Project will improve the canal along 64th Street between Indian School and Thomas roads

Work will include fish removal, canal lining repair, tree removal, lower concrete path removal, bank stabilization and restoration. Construction is tentatively scheduled January through April 2015. For more information, contact Greg Bestgen, citizen liaison, at 480-312-4304.

A new retail building is planned for the SkySong campus

SkySong’s developers hope the new building (more than 10,000 square feet ) will attract new restaurants and stores to serve the employees and residents on the SkySong property, as well as southern Scottsdale residents. More information at www.SkySongCenter.com

Video: The history of the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt
Learn the story of devastating floods, a proposed 170-foot wide concrete channel, and Scottsdale citizens who demanded something better.

Thomas Streetscape
Thomas Road Streetscape

Thomas Road is reduced to one lane in each direction from 73rd Street to Miller Road 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through February 2015 as road construction occurs for the Thomas Road Streetscape Project.


programs  for residents

Great Neighborhood Outreach Feedback!
Throughout the Fall of 2014, a series of McDowell Corridor Neighborhood Outreach meetings were MC Outreachheld. City staff provided updated information on area programs & services, and asked neighbors for feedback regarding ideas for revitalizing our McDowell Road Corridor. We're happy to report the meetings were well attended, and you provided great feedback, especially regarding things you like about your neighborhood, as well as things you would change about your neighborhood.

Many of you told us you'd like ongoing communication with the City about the concerns you have for your surrounding neighborhoods. To that end, we are continuing the dialogue as we share with you the comments/concerns you voiced, and corresponding responses, updates and information provided by the various City staff members in charge of areas such as Recreation, Parks, Transportation, Code Enforcement, Neighborhood Services, Planning & Development, etc.

Future McDowell Corridor Revitalization Web Page & Newsletters will focus on your comments and feedback regarding the various topics. The focus of this edition is your feedback on Recreation.

Vista del Camino Community CenterFocus on Recreation: What You Like About Your Neighborhood
"Vista del Camino Community Center "- a great resource for job training, financial assistance, food & clothing bank. Vista's holiday programs provided 373 households with Thanksgiving meals last year, and 398 more households were sponsored by charitable foundations. Last December, 714 children and 78 seniors received gifts. There were 116 volunteers serving nearly 470 hours, including 30 members of the Mayor's Youth Council. Scottsdale Firefighter Charities also made a generous food bank donation. Vista del Camino has numerous volunteer opportunities. Contact Jan Cameron, Parks, Recreation and Human Services Director, 480-312-1011. 

Focus on Recreation: What You Would Change About Your Neighborhood
"Bring back Park Police" - Our Parks Police still exist and cover all of our parks, the Downtown and Preserve. The small unit has been downsized due to funding; however, they maintain a presence at Granite Reef Senior Center and Vista del Camino with desks at both locations.

"YMCA" - although it is no longer located at the Paiute Neighborhood Center, the City partners with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale (Scottsdale Prevention Institute) to provide  recreational programing for youth, in addition to the myriad of recreational programs provideRecreation Brochure Coverd by the City. Now is a great time to sign up to participate. The Spring 2015 Recreation Brochure is now available!

"Need more opportunities for high school aged youth" - Youth & Family Services provides training, development and educational workshops, such as skills for interviewing. Contact Sheila Williams, Human Services Specialist, 480-312-0105.  

Youth Corps is a summer volunteer program for teens 13 - 17 years old. Volunteers can explore career opportunities, give back to the community, and receive school credit (with prior school aproval). Applications are available online April 1 - 30, 2015.  

The Paiute Neighborhood Center also provides outreach services, including assessment and referral for families seeking behavioral health services.

Neighborhood TrolleyThe City's Neighborhood Trolley provides free transportation to the Paiute Neighborhood Center, linking various locations, including Vista del Camino.

The Mayor's Youth Council welcomes high school students to learn about how local governmentMayor Youth Council works, how services are provided, and to share ideas with city staff and elected officials. Each year the youth gather for Youth Town Hall to discuss topics related to their city government. Contact Dan Morgan, Human Services Specialist, 480-312-0106.

The Boys & Girls Club's Hartley & Ruth Barker Branch is located at El Dorado Park and partners with the City to provide a host of services for youth, including After School and tutoring programs.

Did you know...
A master plan for community services is being developed, and public outreach meetings will be conducted so that you can provide valuable input. Watch the City web site for updates on how to participate in these upcoming meetings!

Spirit Awards LogoSpirit Awards seek McDowell Corridor Nominations

Community members are invited to nominate McDowell Road Corridor residential and commercial properties for a Spirit of Scottsdale Award. The awards will recognize beautification efforts within the Corridor. Properties will be judged on use of textures, colors, plants, and neighborhood context. The March 31st nomination deadline is fast approaching! To nominate your own or someone else's property, please visit the Spirit Awards.

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Water Softener Rebate Details Available
A unique, two-year pilot program is set to begin in Scottsdale, offering residents a rebate for removing or upgrading their water softening devices.


Good news for Eldorado Park
The City Council approved an agreement on July 1st with Arizona Game & Fishthis site is not part of the City of Scottsdale web siteYear-Round Fishing is now available at Eldorado Park!

Exterior Rehabilitation money available in historic districts
Homeowners within Historic Districts can apply for funding to protect the unique character of their properites through the city's Historic Residential Exterior Rehabilitation Program.

Mature neighborhoods may qualify for Improvement money
The Neighborhood Enhancement Partnership (NEP) program may provide financial assistance for neighborhood-based improvement projects.

Borrow free yard tools and a roll off for neighborhood projects
The Neighborhood Clean Up Program loans out a trailer with landscape tools and a roll off dumpster to groups of 5 or more neighbors or volunteers who are cleaning up yards, alleys, easements or neighborhoods.

Scottsdale Library creates ‘Read on Scottsdale’ to help third graders advance.
This new program is a creative partnership with the Scottsdale Unified School District that uses a variety of outreach and activities to improve reading achievement, primarily among at-risk children. The program is inspired by a national movement of local leaders, nonprofits and foundations that recognize the importance of reading by third grade. For more information, contact Carol Damaso, library director, at 480-312-2691.

Periodically, the city distributes an electronic "McDowell Corridor Revitalization" newsletter that includes information about key projects, new submittals and services designed for planning and development customers.

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Kim Chafin, Senior Planner
Current Planning
Email: kchafin@scottsdaleaz.gov

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