The design of a new building that has been criticized for being too modern for downtown Scottsdale now rests in the hands of the City Council.
The council is set to vote Tuesday whether to uphold, modify or overturn the Development Review Board’s approval of the 4333 Building at the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Drinkwater Boulevard.
The design features floorto-ceiling glass windows and a wedge-shaped roof that will extend about 45 feet from the windows above a city plaza.
Court Rich, an attorney representing developer Tom Boyle, said minor changes have been made in the hope it will satisfy concerned council members.
“It’s mostly focused on shading and making it more pedestrian-friendly,” Rich said. “We think it’s the right design in the right place.”
The roof, in particular, has drawn the ire of those who have criticized the building, saying it looks like a spaceship and does not belong downtown.
The three-story, 18,194-square-foot building is expected to feature retail shops on the first floor, offices on the second floor and a single residence on the third-floor mezzanine. It will replace a vacant two-story office building on the roughly one-third of an acre triangular site.
In the past few days, design critic Michael Fernandez, owner of Pottery Paradise across the street, has contended the 4333 Building is violating 50-year-old city ordinances and agreements as it relates to an alley.
The city has not issued an opinion on the claims and is researching the issue.
Rich said none of the documents they are referring to has any impact on the property today.
The Development Review Board voted unanimously Aug. 23 to approve the project’s design.
The council voted 5-2 on Sept. 4 to initiate an appeal. Councilmen Wayne Ecton and Ron McCullagh voted not to appeal the design.
What: 4333 Building design appeal hearing When: 5 p.m. Tuesday Where: 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.