Frazee: Ritz-Carlton will make Paradise Valley residents proud

I’d like to take a moment and provide our perspective on what the approval of the new Ritz-Carlton project will mean for Paradise Valley, and what residents will see moving forward.

Richard Frazee

Richard Frazee

As described below, I also want to invite citizens to get involved with our project. We want and need more input now more than ever.

By way of background, my role on the team is to oversee the design and the construction of the entire project. I’ve lead this task in the past at a number of similar Ritz-Carlton resorts throughout North America.

So I can tell you first hand that we will be bringing to Paradise Valley the first Ritz-Carlton constructed in North America since the Great Recession, and what we intend to be one of the finest resorts in the United States.

The Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley Resort is the crown jewel of the overall project and will highlight the finest construction materials and practices. The hotel is going to be truly exceptional — and will generate millions of dollars each year for Paradise Valley.

The setbacks from Lincoln and Mockingbird drives are significant, and will enjoy lush landscaping and exceptionally designed walls and exterior features. This is the first construction residents will see. Not only is the visual impact of the hotel and surrounding residences minimized, but Lincoln, Mockingbird and Indian Bend will enjoy significant improvements that are consistent with the character of the community.

As for the surrounding residences, they will be built to compliment the exceptional quality of the Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley itself. We anticipate these residences will have a dramatically positive impact on nearby property values just as is occurring at Mountain Shadows, and be built with the kind of quality and style that will be complimentary to existing nearby residences in Paradise Valley.

From a construction standpoint, you’ll see the hotel and surrounding residences built at the same time and opening at approximately the same time. All construction will be done with the goal of minimizing impacts on the community from traffic, dust and noise. We will work diligently with the town and with Maricopa County to ensure all construction guidelines are followed to the letter.

We anticipate the opening of the vast majority of the project — including the Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley resort itself — taking place by 2018. We look forward to celebrating this grand opening with the community as a whole.

And finally, we will be convening a Citizens Review Committee consisting of residents from throughout the community — both those who supported the project, and those who opposed it — to provide input on the project as it evolves. If you are interested in joining us, please email us at We will soon start meeting on a range of issues and your candid feedback is appreciated and needed.

After being heavily involved in the entitlement process, I can tell you that the project is consistent with the town’s voter-approved General Plan and the town’s special-use permit guidelines. It is consistent with the Statement of Direction for the project passed unanimously by the town council. It was passed by the Planning Commission, then was subject to further significant cuts in density to make it the best project it can be.

This is Five Star Development’s legacy project. It’s the result of a process that started almost a decade ago, but that we have been committed to without wavering even through the toughest economic times of our lives. It’s a project we are, and will be, proud of. And I strongly believe it’s a project all of Paradise Valley will be proud of.

Editor’s note: Mr. Frazee is the project manager of the Paradise Valley Ritz-Carlton project

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