Booze, dancing and…storage?
A vacant lot in the heart of downtown Scottsdale’s Entertainment District could become a storage facility for local businesses if the City Council approves a zoning amendment for it.
The lot, at the corner of Shoeman Lane and Buckboard Trail next to Joe’s New York Pizza, is currently an undeveloped and is occasionally used for parking.
The development, described as a 5,572-square-foot “boutique storage facility,” will be geared towards area businesses, which range from nightclubs and restaurants that cater to the late-night party crowd to the nearby Galleria Corporate Center, which houses high-profile tech companies like Yelp and Zillow.
According to documents filed with the city, “The goal of this project is to transform an underutilized vacant lot into an asset for nearby businesses and property owners.”
The application filed with the Development Review Board states the facility will be used by tenants at the Galleria and “possibly” local restaurants.
The lot backs up to the Galleria’s parking garage.
The owner of the lot and the Galleria are one and the same.
The site is owned by Stockdale Galleria Land Owner, LLC, an entity owned by Stockdale Capital Partners.
Los Angeles-based Stockdale purchased the Galleria Corporate Center in 2013.
The vacant lot is one of the few completely undeveloped parcels in downtown Scottsdale.
That could be because of its unique zoning situation.
The parcel is currently zoned with two different parking designations.
“The zoning of the site is a bit of an anomaly in that the (Central Business, Parking) P-2 portion of the zoning fronts onto Shoeman Lane while the remainder of the site contains the C-2, P-3 designation. Most P-2 zoning areas are located behind building and/or front onto alleyways, instead of fronting onto a street,” according to the property owner’s application on file with the city.
If the zoning is approved, the storage facility will provide no on-site parking, according to the DRB application.
The applicant is requesting that the portion of the site that is currently zoned P-2 be rezoned for commercial use to allow for the storage facility.
Though a storage facility may seem out of place in the Entertainment District, the applicant has stated an intention to use a building design consistent with the area’s character and scale.
The single-story building would be designed to look like a retail shop from the outside.
The application stated that the storage facility would be a boon for the area by creating a visual barrier between the street and the parking garage while also providing a needed service.
The owner wrote that currently tenants in the area have to go outside of the area for storage facilities and “As a vacant, dirt lot it encourages vagrants, refuse and unsightly temporary uses,” according to the application.
The owner does not anticipate an increase in traffic with the redevelopment because most users will likely come from the surrounding businesses.