By Councilmember Julie Pace
The Scottsdale Plaza resort in our Town is considering a significant investment of millions in a remodel by its new owner Highgate.
This is an early preview and items obviously can change through the Town’s SUP process, but currently, it includes an underground parking garage. Yes, you read that right, the new owners are investing in an underground parking garage that will free up the current parking lot for amenities and more hotel keys.
And the resort is not going up in height, is not seeking ownership units to sell, and would propose increasing resort keys by 47 keys. Currently the resort has 404 keys and if it moves forward it could propose up to 451 keys. The resort is approximately 37 acres.
The current parking spaces could provide room for exclusive spa experiences, three quality restaurant spaces, knocking down Remington’s, no amplified music, new lobby, and redoing the resort rooms with a vibrant and pizzazz look and feel. The initial images look refreshing and inviting.
The resort would create two different resort experiences on-site, with one section more exclusive and upscale. The meeting space size also will decrease some to allow for the other amenity spaces.