Landowner, developer help sisters save an icon

Sisters Jennifer Hibbard, left, and Christie Lee Kinchen stand in front of the Polynesian Dairy Queen building as workers dismantle the frame. / Photo courtesy of Jennifer Hibbard / Scottsdale Progress

By Wayne Schutsky | Scottsdale Progress

The ever-changing face of McDowell Road in southern Scottsdale lost an iconic storefront last week when workers began disassembling the Polynesian Dairy Queen building that sat near 68th Street for decades.

The A-frame structure is not gone for good, though – thanks to the efforts of local residents, the property owner and a Scottsdale developer who will relocate parts of the building to a new redevelopment by Clayton Companies at Hayden Road and Earll Drive.

Still, the fate of a building that holds a special place in the hearts of many Scottsdale residents and people throughout the Valley has raised questions about what communities can do to protect historically-significant structures.

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