First luxury eco-resort approved in Scottsdale, Arizona
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Despite its sensational natural environment neither the City of Scottsdale nor the State of Arizona have a luxury, “eco-resort.” That’s all about to change thanks to a unanimous approval from the Scottsdale City Council.
Planned close to Scottsdale ‘s 20,000-acre McDowell Sonoran Preserve, one of the largest natural parks and preserves in the county featuring the spectacular Sonoran Desert, the project is being promoted by renowned developer Lyle Anderson Co. A member of the Scottsdale Hall of Fame, Anderson was the pioneering developer behind Desert Highlands and Desert Mountain. Combined they offer seven Jack Nicklaus golf courses with Desert Highlands being the site of the annual “Skins” Golf Classic with links legends in the 1980s.
Scottsdale ‘s approval now allows up to 324 resort units on the 219-acre site. Besides the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert others nearby include the Tonto National Forest and The Golf Club Scottsdale, one of the most luxurious private golf clubs in the Southwest.
“I applaud Scottsdale leaders for sharing our vision. There is just no better piece of property in Arizona to do a spectacular resort and related residential than this site. In the long run the Eco Resort will help everyone appreciate what a wonderful Preserve Scottsdale, Arizona has,” Anderson said.
Anderson is now in talks with various hotel groups, operators and others to bring the project to life.
“People are attracted to Arizona for the wide open spaces, cowboy heritage and, in the case of Scottsdale, luxury. I have walked this land and there is just no better place to celebrate them all than at 118th Street and Dynamite Road,” said Arizona State Historian Marshall Trimble.
“While we have numerous awards for environmentally sensitive design in Scottsdale this will be our legacy project. We will not compromise the opportunity. And we will pursue not just the special but the spectacular,” Anderson said.
Also encouraging the Scottsdale City Council to approve the project were Trimble, the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, Arizona State Senator Carolyn Allen, Arizona State Representative Michelle Reagan, Liberty Wildlife, and key community leaders, among others.