HELP NOW: Say NO to 75 ft. at 44th St. & Camelback Rd. project
Want to make Camelback Mtn. disappear? Construct a building that's 75 feet tall and call it 44|Camelback.
The allowed height never seems to be good enough for developers Building heights for the property continue to increase: In 2010: a 36’ height for buildings on the property was increased to 56’ by city council (and against the wishes of neighbors). The current proposal is for 75’ max. height, that means it's a 108% height increase in the past several years.
No building drawings—You would think that a project of this size would include drawings of what the buildings look like, but they have not provided any of these ‘elevations’ in the document they’re required to present to the city. Have they neglected the renderings because of how huge the two 75’ buildings would look to neighbors?
RED development has an equity interest in the property If the rezoning of the property is approved as filed, RED will purchase a substantial portion of the property as an equity owner. Even though when we previously asked them they said they did not have an equity interest--nor did they give us any indication that they would control any portion of the property in the future.
6 months of meetings with neighbors, no mention of 75' position on height During a 6 month period from roughly December 2018 to May 2019, neighborhood leaders from the adjacent neighborhoods (about 18 people) met with the developer’s representatives. They never firmed up their position about height with us until after our meetings were over and they submitted their application to the city.
Nearest building 75’ or taller You have to go more than two and a half miles away to find another building at this height (24th St. and Camelback Rd.) . There is no reason to create a massive building at this height without other similarly tall buildings nearby. That is the very opposite of planning. Or is that how the city will allow other similar developments in the future at that corner?
Ask yourself: What are they doing to improve the neighborhood? A big, new building doesn't improve a neighborhood. What are they doing to positively impact property that is not theirs? Where are the partnerships? Why don't they care about anybody else?
They didn’t listen to neighbors: Keep it limited to 56’ Neighbors told the project representatives to keep the height to the 56’ height entitlement, granted in 2010. They never came in with a proposal at 56’ and they never told us why they couldn’t. And until the very last month, they didn’t tell us that they were thinking about two buildings at the 75’ height.
Biggest project in years; Shortest review period in years The scope of this proposed project is among the largest undertaken in our area yet the period of review by Camelback East Village Planning Committee (CEVPC) is only two weeks apart due to a CEVPC scheduling wrinkle (moving the original date for the first hearing from the Tuesday after Labor Day to September 17).
Neighbors asked for a more typical review period and have the case heard in November for the 2nd CEVPC review. The applicant refused, saying “all our people are already scheduled to be there.”
OUR ONLY CHANCE IS TO BAND TOGETHER AS NEIGHBORS.
HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:
1. Oct 1: Attend Camelback East Village Planning Committee hearing at Devonshire community Center (28th St & Devonshire) to voice your concern and to support the speakers in opposition to the height. Meeting starts at 6 pm.
2. Send email opposition by Sept 30 to: CamelbackEastVPC@phoenix.gov
3. Sign up with the email list NOto75feet@gmail.com for more information.
4. Be prepared to attend other hearings on this proposal during the next several weeks.
5. Tell your neighbors about this assault on the Arcadia neighborhood and our official Phoenix Point of Pride: Camelback Mountain. Get them involved!
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