The last remnants of Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse in Scottsdale have remained solely on paper since its buildings were uprooted and moved late last year.
On Tuesday night, the Scottsdale City Council erased that as well, voting unanimously to rezone the 160-acre site.
A mixed-use development called Silverstone is to replace the Old West theme park, which has relocated to the Gila River Indian Community. Silverstone, at the southeast corner of Pinnacle Peak and Scottsdale roads, is planned to include town homes, retail space, offices and an assistedliving facility for seniors.
John Berry, Silverstone’s zoning attorney, dubbed the development an "intergenerational village" designed to attract several age groups.
A wash that runs through the site’s northwestern corner is to be converted into a greenbelt that provides a walking path attached to four acres of open space that will include a public library. Several people who spoke at the meeting favored the development. However, concern abounded over traffic congestion on the roads that frame Silverstone, though the barbs were directed at Phoenix, not Scottsdale.
Silverstone’s developers have already committed to expand Pinnacle Peak and Thompson Peak Parkway from two to four lanes before beginning construction of the site’s offices and retail shops. Berry said Silverstone will generate only 60 percent of the traffic that Rawhide did.
But on the west side of Scottsdale Road in Phoenix — north of Loop 101 and across the street from Silverstone — mall developer Westcor has announced plans for a major retail, office and residential center. It is envisioned to include multiple towers that could rise 17 stories.
"Traffic is unbearable now at rush hour. What’s going to happen during construction?" said Tony Nelssen, a Scottsdale City Council candidate.