A proposed downtown Scottsdale building featuring a wedged-shaped roof and floor-to-ceiling glass windows will have its design scrutinized by the City Council next month.
The 4333 Building at the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Drinkwater Boulevard had its design unanimously approved by the city’s Development Review Board in August. But the council voted 5-2 last week to initiate an appeal, citing concerns with the design, the pedestrian environment and amount of available shade.
“I’m shocked,” said landowner and developer Tom Boyle. “We did exactly what the city asked us to do, designwise and style-wise.”
The council’s vote on the design itself is scheduled for Oct. 2.
Councilman Bob Littlefield said he placed the item on last week’s agenda to have the council vote whether to hear an appeal after business owners came to him with complaints.
“It’s completely out of context for downtown,” Littlefield said. “It might look good in Disneyland, but it doesn’t look good here.”
Michael Fernandez, owner of Pottery Paradise across the street, said the developer did not do the necessary outreach to solicit opinions from his neighbors.
“We all want to see something there and it’s his right to develop the property, but let’s just do it the right way,” Fernandez said. “I’d like it to mesh with the community.”
The new building will replace a vacant, Western-style building on the roughly one-third-acre triangular site. The new three-story, 18,194-square-foot building will feature retail on the first floor, offices on the second floor and a single residence on the third-floor mezzanine.
The wedge-shaped roof, which detractors have compared to a spaceship, will extend about 45 feet from the glass line, architect Patrick Hayes said, and provide shade above a city plaza at the building’s intersection. The building’s glass will be transparent and allow views both in and out of the building, Hayes said.
“It’s a very elegant, sophisticated building,” Hayes said.
Boyle said he is willing to meet with every council member, but does not have any plans at this point to alter the proposed design.
Councilmen Wayne Ecton and Ron McCullagh voted not to pursue an appeal.