Scottsdale will unveil designs next week proposed to transform the city’s oldest golf course into a spring training facility for the San Francisco Giants, leaving little doubt as to whether the city can build in the nearby flood plain.
The city has selected three designs to convert the Coronado Golf Course into the proposed $18 million practice facility.
The designs were narrowed from more than a dozen prepared by Kansas City-based HOKSVE.
City officials said the designs they selected best preserve neighbors’ view corridors and maximize the open space proposed for the site.
The concept, originally announced in August, has upset many residents who live near the course, which was built in the mid-1960s.
The city and the design firm also studied hydrology issues related to the nearby Indian Bend Wash, and determined a project could be safely built there, said Lisa Collins, customer service and communications director.
"It’s not invisible, but we do think there are ways to configure the site and do landscaping, buffering and berming, and a lot of things that will make it a pleasant, open-space site," Collins said.
The plans on the 44-acre golf course and driving range at the southeast corner of Miller and Thomas roads include a clubhouse, two fullsize playing fields, a practice infield, an observation tower and specialized training areas.
Eight of those acres, mostly the driving range, belong to a private company, Odanoroc LLC., whose owners are not interested in selling.
"We’d like to see it stay a golf course. I haven’t changed my mind on that," principal partner Eric Planeta said Tuesday.
Planeta said his property constantly floods during heavy rains, leaving him to question whether the land is the best place for a professional practice facility.
"I was over there this last week with the rain we had and the whole property just floods big time," he said. "I don’t know how they are going to overcome all of that. I still think it’s ill-planned."
Two of the designs selected by the city include the privately owned property, while a third plan excludes it.
The total size of the facility would be roughly 13 acres, leaving a vast majority of the land as public open space.
The city will showcase the designs at a series of public open house meetings on April 13 and 14.
The City Council, which has been largely supportive of the plan, would select a design at a meeting tentatively scheduled for May 26.
If approved, the city would begin building the project in early to mid-2005.
Giants executives have told Scottsdale they would not renew their contract in 2007 if the team does not get updated training facilities.
What: Open houses on the proposed designs for the San Francisco Giants practice facilities at the Coronado Golf Course
When: Noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. April 13 and 14. Residents may stop by at any time between those hours.
Where: Eldorado Park Boys and Girls Club, 2311 N. Miller Road
Information: www.ScottsdaleAZ.gov or (480) 312-7616 or (480) 312-2336