2014 was an exceptionally good year for Southern Scottsdale and the revitalization of the McDowell Road Corridor.

The year started with the city picking up where SGA left off with our McDowell Road Clean-Up Project at the end of last year. New trees and flora were planted and existing landscaping was spruced up along McDowell Road and south on Scottsdale Road.

In the spring, SGA sponsored the “McDowell Road Revitalization Progress Report” presented by City Manager Fritz Behring. The event gave business owners and neighborhood residents the opportunity to learn more about what the city is doing and the role it intends to play in the future of the McDowell Road Corridor. The city then launched a “McDowell Corridor Revitalization” website to help keep businesses and residents updated on progress.

Ambitious bridge projects are now underway on Thomas Road and McDowell Road.
Improvements are currently being made to the Thomas Road Bridge section of a nearly one-mile stretch between 73rd St. and Indian Bend Wash. It includes creating safety features for medians and turn lanes. Bicycle lanes are also being added and sidewalks are being improved. A colorful art sculpture called “Swale” already lines both sides of the bridge.

The McDowell Road Bridge is being widened to accommodate the addition of bike lanes and a protected pedestrian path that will allow direct access to the parks and all amenities in the green belt below.

Several weeks ago, SkySong opened its third building located on the west side of the property. In addition, the newly opened SkySong Apartments, with 325 units, is 80% occupied. Mark Taylor Apartments on McDowell Road also recently opened what will be a 572-unit complex.

So more people, who will be shopping at our stores and eating at our restaurants, are moving into the area.

This fall SGA produced the “Inspiration Home Tour 2014, Southern Scottsdale’s First Annual Home Tour.” The Inspiration Home Tour included some of our area’s most inspiring original mid-century homes. Most importantly, it showcased Southern Scottsdale and provided a vehicle for educating the 300 people who participated in the home tour about evolving demographic trends sweeping the area. Both single and married young professionals, retirees who are downsizing and people who want to live near urban and outdoor amenities are investing in Southern Scottsdale. And that’s not just a good thing…it’s a great thing.

Just two weeks ago, SGA was pleased to announce that Steve McFate will be opening a 10,000 square-foot brew pub on Scottsdale Road behind Papago Plaza in April. Steve, a Southern Scottsdale native and member of our organization, will continue operating Fate Brewery at his successful Shea Boulevard location.

SGA is planning to use our increasing momentum to make 2015 even more exciting than 2014. We will continue working with businesses, neighborhoods and the city to create an economic environment that attracts entrepreneurs and increases investment in Southern Scottsdale.

Our organization hopes to be collaborating with SkySong businesses and Southern Scottsdale schools to help inspire young students to perform at the highest academic level. SGA will also be sponsoring more neighborhood and business outreach events, revitalization progress reports – and, of course, our “Second Annual Home Tour.”

As the year winds down, Scottsdale Gateway Alliance thanks all of you who have helped make 2014 so successful in our community’s commitment to revitalize the McDowell Road Corridor. But it’s only the beginning. There is still plenty of work ahead to restore Southern Scottsdale to its place of prominence in our city.

SGA wishes you, your family and our Southern Scottsdale businesses a happy and prosperous new year.


Sometimes fate works in mysterious ways.

When Steve McFate decided to go into the microbrewery business three years ago, he intended to find a location in Southern Scottsdale to set up shop.  But it wasn’t to be.  The lack of an available location that was affordable caused him to begin looking elsewhere for a place to launch his new venture.

jpegSteve eventually settled for space on Shea Boulevard just east of Scottsdale Road.  He opened Fate Brewing Company in November 2012.  It was an instant success.  In fact almost from the beginning he sold every ounce of beer he was able to brew in his 2,300-square- foot brewery and restaurant.

Like his brewery, Steve is a homegrown product of Scottsdale.  He attended Pueblo Elementary School and graduated from Saguaro High School.  Steve also has a degree in business administration from ASU.  Steve was a successful mortgage broker whose business was going great guns until 2009 when the economic downturn struck.  Steve recalled:  “Things got very ugly very fast.  The risks of remaining in that business were quickly becoming obvious.”

Even during the most lucrative periods of his career in the mortgage business, Steve had a hobby.  For 15 years he had been brewing beer at home.  After a while, he found himself not just involved in the art of brewing, but totally immersed in what he called “the craft beer culture.”

While Steve’s dream of starting a successful craft beer business in his hometown came true, he never lost sight of wanting to establish another location in Southern Scottsdale where he grew up.

“Some of my fondest memories were hanging out at Los Arcos Mall,” Steve said. “I remember my parents buying Chevys across the street at Ray Korte Chevrolet.  This is where I eventually wanted to open another brewery, because I’m so comfortable around McDowell and Scottsdale Road and these neighborhoods.”

Steve’s year-long quest for an additional location came to fruition earlier this year.  He learned that the new landowner of the parcel behind Papago Plaza, once the location of Hometown Buffet, was interested in helping facilitate Steve’s second brewery.

Fate Brewing Company’s new location on the west side of Scottsdale Road just south of McDowell Road is scheduled to open in April 2015.

The new family-friendly brewery and restaurant will be 10,000 square-feet, four times the size of Steve’s Shea Boulevard location, and will include a spacious patio. It will feature Fate’s diverse and award-winning craft beers and a small selection of spirits.  There will be root beer and sarsaparilla for kids.  There will also be tours for those interested in learning about the intricate brewing process of Fate’s beers.

Scottsdale Gateway Alliance welcomes Fate Brewery.  SGA appreciates that Steve reached out to our organization months ago and we were able to work with him to locate his brewery in Southern Scottsdale to help revitalize the McDowell Road Corridor.  


Phoenix New Times | By Lauren Saria

After two years of serving craft brews and bites to the north Scottsdale neighborhood, Fate Brewing Company is ready to expand. According to a post on the brewery’s Facebook page, Fate Brewing Company plans to open a an even larger second location in south Scottsdale sometime next year.

Owner and brewmaster Steve McFate opened the brewpub and pizzeria at 7337 East Shea Boulevard in fall of 2012. The brewery has made a name for itself with both limited-quantity (only five gallons on tap at a time) brews and solid standbys such as its flagship Irish Red.

 

The second location of Fate Brewery will be located at 1312 North Scottsdale Road, on the west side of Scottsdale road south of McDowell. The existing building, which used to be a buffet restaurant, will be gutted to make room for the brewery and restaurant.

There are plans for a “beer garden, outdoor pavilion, plus a super-cool (literally) 800 square foot barrel cellar,” according to the post. The second location will also be able to offer an expanded food menu.

Fate North (the original location) will “continue to focus on unique and funky small batch beers,” while the second location will allow the brewery to “expand brewing capacity of crowd favorites.”

Fate Brewing Company expects to open the second location in late spring.

For more information keep an eye on the Face Brewing Company Facebook and website.


jpegMore than 250 people attended our First Annual “Inspiration Home Tour” that showcased some of Southern Scottsdale’s original mid-century homes.

People from far and near and of all ages toured six different homes on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon.  Many rode trolleys generously provided by Dunn Transportation, some drove their own vehicles and several even peddled from house to house on their bicycles. View photos from the event on our Facebook Page.

jpeg-1Now it’s time to express our appreciation to all of those who made our Home Tour such a success.

Thank you to our homeowners: Kevin and Joan Callahan, Brian and Emily Krob, Phil and Cristen Dudiak, Robert and Angie Young, Roger and Emily Miret and Tom Witt.

We also want to extend our gratitude to our great sponsors: SkySong, Dunn Transportation, Clayton Companies, Ewing Irrigation, Valley Ho, Arcadia Farms, SRP, ATOMdesign, Aline Design Studio, Berghoff Design Group, Ellisa Nago of Keller-Williams Realty, Suzanne and Tim Klapp of FastFrame, Fate Brewery, Angela Young of HomeSmart and the Scottsdale Fire Fighters Association.

The winner of the raffle drawing for a two-night stay at the Valley Ho Hotel was McCormick Ranch resident Alexandra Duemer.

Did you miss the tour or want to re-live it? Watch our recap video of the day!


Sure, you’ve heard of Marlen Grove and Al Beadle. You know the best spot to pick up a mint-condition Eames chair and the coolest Melrose District stores to stalk on Instagram. You also oughta know that the Midcentury Modern craze extends beyond the bounds of Phoenix.

Southern Scottsdale happens to be a hotbed of mid-century architecture. And Nonprofit organization Scottsdale Gateway Alliance is hosting a home tour to prove it. Its first-ever Inspiration Home Tour is happening Sunday, November 9.
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“It’s something we’re trying to celebrate and draw attention to,” says Dana Close, a board member and director of community outreach with the nonprofit, which is working to revitalize Southern Scottsdale.

The tour will feature properties that have been fully remodeled and others that keep to their mid-century roots, including homes designed by Ralph Haver and Charles Schreiber, among other architects.

Check-in will take place starting at 11:30 a.m. at Sky Song, where attendees will receive wristbands. They can also hop on a trolley to start the tour. Four trolleys will circulate along the tour route until 4 p.m., stopping at each home in 15-minute increments. Maps will be given out so that people also can drive themselves from place to place.

Tickets, which are $20, can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com. For more information, visit scottsdalegatewayalliance.com.


Meet Brian and Emily Krob

IMG_9098wNo home tour of mid-century houses in Southern Scottsdale would be complete without including a home located in the Hy-View neighborhood near Papago Park. And there is no better representative of this area than the home of newlyweds Brian and Emily Krob.

Brian, an architect, and Emily, an artist, have converted their 1961 E.J. Farmer-designed house into a blend of colorful aesthetics that create a friendly atmosphere reflective of their personalities. This is a very happy home.

Brian and Emily met through an online dating service last year, and Emily recalled her first visit to Brian’s house: “When I walked in and looked around at what he had done with the house, I thought to myself, ‘I can connect with this guy.’”

And connect they did. Brian and Emily were married in late September, took a weeklong honeymoon in Mexico and are now getting their home ready for Sunday’s “Inspiration Home Tour.” Most of the preparations are being focused on the backyard, which includes a fire pit area that can accommodate a particularly large group of people.

The Krob’s home is a 1,700-square-foot ranch model. Unlike so many owners of smallish mid-century homes, Brian and Emily have not expanded the three-bedroom home’s floor plan. Although when Brian moved in, he said, “It was definitely a ‘fixer-upper.’ But it already had character.”

Technically, Brian only removed a small section of one wall between the front room and kitchen-dining area. The rest of the house is pretty much the same as when Brian purchased it five years ago. It even has the original natural-wood kitchen cabinets. Brian sandblasted the exterior to reveal the sparkling cinders of the block construction.

Brian is the co-owner of Aline Design Studio in Scottsdale and Emily teaches art at Tesseract School in Paradise Valley. They admit they have strong individual opinions, however, they usually find a way to agree on most aspects of design. They both grinned at one another and said they have learned to compromise — an important quality of any successful marriage.

Emily’s lively paintings are prominently displayed throughout the common area of the home, adding splashes of bright colors to an already colorfully furnished front room, kitchen and dining area. She has also painted a unique mini-mural on the end of the kitchen island.

Brian and Emily have collaborated on creating a cheerful environment in which to begin a marriage – and maybe some day raise a family.


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More than 250 people attended our First Annual “Inspiration Home Tour” that showcased some of Southern Scottsdale’s original mid-century homes.

People from far and near and of all ages toured six different homes on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon.  Many rode trolleys generously provided by Dunn Transportation, some drove their own vehicles and several even peddled from house to house on their bicycles. View photos from the event on our Facebook Page.

Now it’s time to express our appreciation to all of those who made our Home Tour such a success.

Thank you to our homeowners: Kevin and Joan Callahan, Brian and Emily Krob, Phil and Cristen Dudiak, Robert and Angie Young, Roger and Emily Miret and Tom Witt.

We also want to extend our gratitude to our great sponsors: SkySong, Dunn Transportation, Clayton Companies, Ewing Irrigation, Valley Ho, Arcadia Farms, SRP, ATOMdesign, Aline Design Studio, Berghoff Design Group, Ellisa Nago of Keller-Williams Realty, Suzanne and Tim Klapp of FastFrame, Fate Brewery, Angela Young of HomeSmart and the Scottsdale Fire Fighters Association.

The winner of the raffle drawing for a two-night stay at the Valley Ho Hotel was McCormick Ranch resident Alexandra Duemer.

 

Did you miss the tour or want to re-live it? Watch our recap video of the day!


Meet Architect Jennifer Lamoreaux

IMG_9082wAs a working mom, Jennifer Lamoreaux’s family and profession often seem inseparable.  Raising two young girls and running her own architectural business keeps Jennifer jumping.

That was never more true than when she was commissioned to consult on remodeling a house last year in the Cox Heights neighborhood near the Hayden Road Corridor between McDowell and Thomas Roads.  Jennifer was pregnant at the time.  As an architect who has been involved in working on more than 100 homes throughout the Valley, she was carrying her second child during the duration of the remodeling project.  “At times,” she laughed, “it was a little challenging.”

The home, built in 1959, was 1,251 square-feet – which was typical square footage for the time in Southern Scottsdale.  “It was a conventional structure,” Jennifer said.  She added that like so many homes in this area, “The house was built with ‘function’ in mind and, because of its size, was limited in what it offered.”  That, in architectural parlance, means “small” by today’s standards.

Jennifer encountered what others have confronted when wanting to remodel their homes in the neighborhood. Because half her business called “(fit)designs” focuses on the structural engineering aspects of architecture, Jennifer was the perfect person to help make the house more contemporary by adding 1,000 square-feet to the footprint. A large backyard made her job easier. But only slightly.

Entering the home through the gated patio and crossing the threshold into the front room, the visitor immediately views the wet bar that runs the length of a long wall. An inlay of black, grey and white tile creates the bar’s splashboard. The eye-catching pattern continues into the modern kitchen where a beautiful black custom-designed island extends at a perpendicular angle from the cooking area.

One of the most striking features of the “L-shaped” home is a huge master bedroom that opens to a patio tucked into a lushly landscaped backyard. The home was originally built with a standard carport, which has since been enclosed and hides the one-car garage.

Jennifer’s one-woman architectural business takes her all around the Valley, including different areas of Scottsdale. While she likes taking on a variety of projects in various locations, she said she likes working in Southern Scottsdale because she wants to help make “this special area of Scottsdale even better.”

The Lamoreaux family lives in Ahwatukee. Jennifer, who graduated from ASU with a degree in architecture, is the mother of Jade, 9, and Jetta, 1, and is married to Anthony, a correctional officer for the Salt River Indian Community.

 

You can view the home Jennifer helped design and other Mid-Century Southern Scottsdale homes during the SGA “Inspiration Home Tour” this Sunday, November 9th.
For tickets and other information, visit: ScottsdaleGatewayAlliance.com/HomeTour


Meet Roger and Emily

IMG_9072wFive years ago when Roger and Emily bought their home on a cul-de-sac in the Trail West neighborhood just east of Hayden Road, their goal was to create a sanctuary for their family.  They succeeded.

Roger describes himself as the “lead screamer in a New York City- based pioneer punk band” that tours all over the world.  So when he comes home from the road to spend time with Emily and their two young children, he said he wants “peace and quiet.”  Beaming with a huge smile, he added: “This house feels like paradise.”

Wanting their own piece of paradise, it’s no wonder that the Mirets chose to purchase a house designed by the Schreiber brothers who were known for their “Polynesian Pattern” which was inspired by their travels through Hawaii during the early 1960’s.

Roger and Emily bought their home at the end of 2009.  The house, built in 1961, needed work.  The yard had gone to seed and the interior of the house was a maze of hallways snaking their way to small rooms.  “Our challenge was to bring her (the house) into the now,” Emily explained.  “She really needed a makeover.”

Basically,” Roger recalled, “we just polished up the house.”  They did, however, install a new kitchen and expanded what was originally a small hobby room attached to the back of the house and converted it into guest quarters.  Whether they are staying or just visiting, the Mirets agreed that this area is one of their guests’ favorite features of the home.

Both Roger and Emily are especially proud that they have made the restoration of their home a family affair.  Their children not only had a lot to say about what their own bedrooms looked like, their parents let them have input on other areas of the house as well.  “Our home is a complete representation of us,” Emily said.

The Miret home is located on the first street of homes that the developer of Trail West built in 1961.  In fact they were told their house was the model home for the entire neighborhood development.

Roger and Emily’s home will be easy to recognize on the home tour.  It will be the house with the pristine 1963 restored GMC pickup truck parked out front.


This is the third in a series of interviews with the homeowners participating in SGA’s First Annual “Inspiration Home Tour” of Mid-Century homes in Southern Scottsdale on Sunday, November 9th.

 

Meet Phil and Cristen

IMG_9040Leaning up against a gorgeous 11 x 5-foot island that stretches through a spacious kitchen with a high-pitched ceiling, Phil Dudiak said in an understated tone: “We wanted to make our house a home.”

Phil and his soon-to-be wife, Cristen, have done exactly that … and much more. They have created a spectacular home for their family in the Southwest Village neighborhood.

Phil and Cristen have transformed their 1,450 square-foot house that was built in the early 1960’s into a home of 2,150 square feet with a dazzling interior. The couple has added a lot of bells and whistles that must be the envy of their millennial generation. There’s the wine cabinet with a built-in light show, the two-car garage with the 3-D epoxy floor and the huge walk-in shower with multi-directional shower heads that Cristen described as “like taking a shower in a drive-thru carwash.”

The three-bedroom house features two master bedrooms. Tucked in between the two big bedrooms is a small closet in which the home’s “central nervous system” is stored, including audio, video, lighting and security systems. Sweeping his hand over all the electronics, Phil held up his iPhone and proudly said, “I can control everything here with my phone.”

Notwithstanding all the contemporary features of Phil and Cristen’s home, they enjoy explaining their down-to-earth reasons for having moved to this neighborhood just west of the Valley Ho.

“We wanted the urban lifestyle,” Cristen said. “We wanted to be able to walk places and socialize with people.” Phil quickly added that they also wanted their 3-year-old son, Jaxson, to grow up in “a real neighborhood.” He continued, “This house is really for Jaxson.”

Phil and Cristen started work on their home in February while living in a rental house. They moved into their freshly remodeled home in August. What they have accomplished in just a little more than six months is amazing. But they’re not done yet. They’re still working to complete the fireplace in their front room as well as a front patio area that will include a fiery water feature.

Like so many houses that will be on the “Inspiration Home Tour,” Phil and Cristen’s home has an “open floor plan,” which allows their 130-pound female Great Dane, “Memphis,” to move about freely.

Phil describes himself as an “entrepreneur.” However, by trade he is a designer who owns his own construction company. He has just bought another house in Southwest Village and has his eye on one in a nearby neighborhood. Cristen is a hair stylist working on her real estate license that she expects to have soon.

Phil and Cristen represent the new younger demographic that’s moving into their Southwest Village neighborhood — the trend that’s taking place throughout Southern Scottsdale.