Developer Plans To Demolish Papago Plaza

In favor of a more contemporary project, one developer is working to demolish Scottsdale’s oldest shopping plaza known for its pink Pueblo-inspired design. 

Pivot Development plans to remove Papago Plaza, located on the corner of Scottsdale and McDowell.

The mixed-use project includes an Aldi’s grocery store, hotel, four-story apartment building above one level of parking, four-story parking garage, along with restaurants and retail shops. 

While no concerns were voiced regarding the tear down of the 60-year-old plaza that has recently been vacant, some are concerned about the potential for additional south Scottsdale apartments.

In support of the plan is the South Scottsdale Alliance, a group of neighbors and business owners dedicated to revitalization in the area. The group says the high-profile corner has long been in need of redevelopment. 

“Is the project perfect? Maybe not,” said Jeff Berghoff, a founding member of the South Scottsdale Alliance. “But I’m sick of looking out my window every day and seeing it. We’re seeing what the future could be and I’m excited about that.”

Prior to the project moving forward, the developer is required to meet with residents in order to address project concerns following a Dec. 12 Scottsdale City Council rezoning request. 

The Scottsdale City Council approved a rezoning request Dec. 12 but called on the developer to meet with residents to address concerns before the project moves further along.