North Scottsdale’s largest shopping destination is preparing to add more stores, restaurants and apartments in an eight-story tower at Scottsdale Quarter, according to development plans filed to the city last month.
The urban mixed-use complex near Scottsdale Road and Butherus Drive, across from Kierland Commons in Phoenix, could get more than 60,000 square feet of new retail space below 300 luxury apartments in what might be the last major expansion for Scottsdale Quarter.
The mall, owned by Ohio-based WP Glimcher, opened in March 2009 and has grown to more than 80 stores, including Arizona’s first H&M clothing store and the state’s only American Girl location.
The complex also includes office space for companies like JDA Software, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Maracay Homes. A 275-unit apartment complex opened at Scottsdale Quarter last year as one of the city’s most expensive, with a two-bedroom penthouse renting for nearly $3,900 a month.
Scottsdale Quarter’s newest building is planned for a dirt lot on the shopping center’s eastern end, where it would overlook the splash pad and central plaza known as “the Quad,” according to development plans. About 12,000 square feet is expected to house several new restaurants, with another 51,000 square feet dedicated to retail shops on the first and second floors.
Levels 3 through 8 are reserved for a mix of 55 studio apartments, 112 one-bedroom units and 131 two-bedroom units, according to construction plans. The building would also feature two three-bedroom apartments.
WP Glimcher officials declined to provide information about the project beyond what is included in plans filed to the city and would not say when construction could begin. The project will require City Council approval of a minor zoning amendment to allow a greater floor-area ratio, which refers to the amount of land covered by the building’s footprint.
Scottsdale Quarter is not waiting for its next expansion to add more shops and restaurants; several have opened this year, with more planned in the coming months.
Clothing stores Kinsley and Cheeky Chic Baby Boutique opened earlier this year, along with furniture store Brown Jordan. Restaurants expected to open soon include Breakfast Kitchen Bar, Creamistry and Kona Grill.
Scottsdale Quarter was the city’s seventh-largest source of property-tax revenue in fiscal year 2015, according to Scottsdale’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. The complex reported more than $13 million in taxable property value, a number that would likely increase with the new expansion.
Other development projects
In addition to Scottsdale Quarter’s expansion, developers have filed plans for several new projects across the city. Other proposals include: