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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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Learn more about how the city is working to revitalize the McDowell Road corridor.

Mcdowell  corridor  news

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

Spirit Awards LogoSpirit Awards seek McDowell Corridor Nominations

Community members are invited to nominate McDowell Road Corridor properties for a Spirit of Scottsdale Award. To nominate a property visit 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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