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Desert EDGE pondered at Taliesin West while signature effort gains support

Posted by   /  January 12, 2018  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Terrance Thorton | Scottsdale Indpenedent While the public discourse has retreated to a dull roar, Desert EDGE proponents and detractors are eagerly awaiting the results of a citizen referendum meant to force into the hand of the general public the decision of how the desert-appreciation venue will or will not emerge. But a new […]

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Line in the sand: Scottsdale Desert EDGE quandary shapes local perception

Posted by   /  September 28, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

Desert Discovery Center

By Terrance Thornton | Scottsdale Independent The simmering debate over whether or not to build a desert-appreciation venue near the Gateway to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve has finally reached city council chambers. During their first public study session to review the initial proposal, council members quickly moved the discussion to a new debate: should voters be […]

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[EDITORIAL] Our View: Desert Discovery Center in Scottsdale needs a public vote

Posted by   /  September 26, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.)  Editorial: Scottsdale residents have the greatest stake in Desert EGDE, the scaled-back version of an interpretive center. They deserve a vote on it. Editorial board | The Republic A vision to transform Scottsdale’s beloved McDowell Sonoran Preserve into a grand attraction and learning experience may […]

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[LETTER] EDGE supporters: Scottsdale City Council ought to render final word

Posted by   /  September 25, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only By Desert Edge Supports | Scottsdale Independent When our group of local community leaders, business executives, philanthropists and volunteers began work to fulfill the 30-year vision for a Desert Discovery Center in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, we expected passionate dialog. In fact, we signed up […]

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A tale of two perspectives: the Scottsdale Desert EDGE

Posted by   /  September 22, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Terrance Thornton | Scottsdale Independent A proposal to bring a desert-appreciation venue to the inside edge of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve appears to have created a rift in Scottsdale that has been felt in nearly every corner of the “The West’s Most Western Town.” The deep divide between preservationist, project proponents and local gadflys has […]

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Scottsdale Desert EDGE proposal begins municipal, community inquisition

Posted by   /  August 17, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Terrance Thornton | Scottsdale Independent The latest iteration of what was once deemed the desert discovery center but now realized as the Desert EDGE is making its way through the municipal rigor at the city of Scottsdale. The Scottsdale Tourism Development and McDowell Sonoran Preserve commissions hosted a joint work study discussion on the newly […]

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[OPINION] Korte: Desert EDGE will be a community amenity to Scottsdale

Posted by   /  August 4, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Real Estate  /  No Comments

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.) By Virginia Korte | Scottsdale Independent I am a long-time supporter of the Desert Discovery Center concept – which is now called the Desert EDGE. After attending two of the public presentations several days ago, I can truly say the project exceeds my expectations. I […]

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Desert Discovery Center unveils smaller size and cost before meetings

Posted by   /  August 1, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

Desert Discovery Center

The non-profit planning the center released its plans on Monday, the night before community meetings start. By Joshua Bowling | The Republic Plans for Scottsdale’s Desert Discovery Center released Monday show a smaller project, lower price tag and a new name. The new moniker is Desert EDGE. The 47,586 square-foot facility to educate visitors about desert living would cover 5.34 […]

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Scottsdale seeks changes to 2 Preserve trailheads

Posted by   /  July 24, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

Scottsdale Independent The city of Scottsdale is seeking the approval of a conditional use permit for the redevelopment of a pair of trailheads in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve both with single-family residential, environmentally sensitve lands zoning in two separate active projects. The city is looking to redevelop the Fraesfield Trailhead and the Granite Mountain Trailhead, […]

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Scottsdale’s proposed Desert Discovery Center won’t get a public vote

Posted by   /  September 21, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Parker Leavitt | The Republic Scottsdale’s proposed Desert Discovery Center — a controversial, multimillion-dollar attraction that has grown even more contentious as November’s city election approaches — will not require a vote by the public for approval, City Council members decided Monday evening. During a raucous two-hour meeting at Scottsdale City Hall, hundreds of […]

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