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The Rebirth of the McDowell Corridor

While doing research on commercial real estate growth in the area, I came across the following fascinating information about the McDowell Corridor.

Great progress is taking place in the McDowell Corridor Area as revitalization efforts take effect.  Beginning April 15th, 2015 Businesses and residents will pay less for building permit fees in the McDowell Corridor area. The City Council approved a temporary program lowering building permit fees.  The program will run for approximately two years and designed to jump-start the revitalization efforts of the McDowell Corridor.  The McDowell Corridor is an approximate 8-square mile area which spans McDowell Road from Pima Road west to Phoenix. It includes the surrounding neighborhoods North to Osborn road and continues South to the city limits.

Once known as the Motor Mile, the McDowell Corridor had a high concentration of auto dealerships.  The intersection of McDowell and N. Scottsdale Rd was one of the busiest areas in the valley and accounted for a large portion of city retail sales taxes.  During hard economic times, many of the dealerships either closed or moved North.  Chapman Auto was of the few dealerships that thrived and actually expanded its presence.  The new revitalization plan will breathe life back into the area.  A host of restaurants and businesses will be emerging and business giants like Cox and Google have cited Scottsdale as one of the target communities for some of their latest technology. Construction will widen the McDowell Road Bridge, add bike and pedestrian lanes and increase the frequency of bus service along McDowell and Thomas Roads.

 

McDowell Road has seen its highs and lows of growth and recession during the last forty years.  With the economy steadily improving and the revitalization program in effect, the area is finally recovering.

 

Information gathered from various internet sources including:

  1. 1.        “Mighty McDowell: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Scottsdale’s Southern Core”@ScottsdaleAZ Gov
  2. 2.       “Scottsdale Eyes Fee Schedule to Spur McDowell Revitalization” @ Scottsdale Independent.com
  3. 3.       Wikipedia