Sunday, May 26, 2013

Scottsdale Council takes no action on petition vs. Blue Sky development

The Scottsdale City Council on Tuesday voted to take no action on a citizen petition asking it to revisit the issue of whether Gray Development Group met a required deadline to start construction on its Blue Sky apartment complex.

However, questions remain as to whether the developer complied with city-imposed stipulations regarding construction of the complex east of Scottsdale Fashion Square. Acting City Manager Dan Worth said he will report back to the council after investigating whether the developer complied with all of the stipulations for council approval of the project.

Residents of Safari Drive, a condominium complex next to Blue Sky, petitioned the council to reconsider Worth’s determination that Blue Sky met the stipulation that it be under construction within 24 months of council approval, in April 2011.

John McLinden, a Safari Drive resident, said Worth usurped the council’s authority by making the determination that the project was under construction. He also said the project has a number of “fundamental flaws.”

 The city issued Gray Development a building permit for the underground parking garage, but the project hasn’t received any permits for the buildings. Brian Kearney, Gray Development’s chief operating officer, has said the firm does not have financing to complete the first phase. Gray Development is self-funding the project and construction until it can obtain a financial partner, Kearney said.

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