Paradise Valley Ritz-Carlton SOD needs careful scrutiny

I have fielded several calls today from neighbors very concerned about the statement of direction. Most, like me, are not fully aware of the impact that makes.

Gordon McGuire

Gordon McGuire

In the little time I spent out raising awareness there is not one who has said they are with Five Star and want whatever Five Star sees fit. There also seems to be a general lack of trust toward the attitude of town leaders in office then that I have assured them no longer is there. Memories of how this all came about and the different groups that all had opinions to express have been brought up time after time.

Please do not rush toward anything. Why cannot take time to do a traffic study and form some educated suggestions. The people who took over the Pavilions were happy to announce the pride they felt and with reason made the statement that Scottsdale Road and Indian Bend is to become the busiest intersection in the Valley; yet we hear that type of impact doe’s not exist.

We owe nothing to Five Star including any shorting of the residents input. Have they shown up with a list of folks standing behind them in any way? Have they shown some sort of support for this perversion of Paradise Valley safeguards and regulations they now are trying to get pass? Allow more time for this statement of direction to be completed and properly addressed please. There are now facts known that were not a week ago.

Don’t just “kick the tires” please knock Five Star back to reality with having nothing more than originally planned seen as acceptable. Although I do like the idea of a grocer so close to me my neighbors do not. Definitely do not. I can stand with them on that. I can stand with the vice mayor’s disbelief that proper parking is within the plans, I can stand with one-house-per-acre along the streets within Paradise Valley boundaries. These other matters that shouldn’t be at question are ridiculous.

Is there no way to keep separate the lots and have Five Star comply with Scottsdale regulations for lots as small as they actually have? We saw what happened so many years ago. I had to listen to everyone tell me “your crazy, 90-foot buildings” and now finally someone brought up the fact of that is exactly what can happen.

We need to all pull together and see this through to the end we want regardless of what Five Star wants. Let them sell off the property as Jerry so easily stated he could have done time after time.

Make him prove it was a downturn in the economy and not his mishandling funds from the first backer that caused this long waiting period for action to begin again. Does anyone else find it strange that after being ordered by a judge to settle the suit he lost he was able to get Bob Parsons to back him and get going again.

Do you really think his economic reasons are that valid? I do not but, then I am the crazy one that said 90-foot buildings are possible so long ago.

Gordon McGuire
Paradise Valley

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