By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter
Papago Plaza in south Scottsdale is headed towards demolition and redevelopment.
But the shopping center’s name will live on.
“We’re going to keep it as Papago Plaza,” said Lee Mashburn, principal with Pivot Development which is redeveloping the center at McDowell and Scottsdale roads.
Mashburn talked about the Scottsdale center at a Valley Partnership forum on adaptive reuse May 17 in Phoenix.
Pivot was to be renamed Papago Marketplace. An Aldi grocery store, Alliance Residential apartment complex and Springhill Suites hotel are all part redevelopment plans.
He said the new center, which will also have restaurants and some retail, will keep the old Papago Plaza name.
Papago Plaza was built in the late 1950s and has distinctive Pueblo style architecture. The center will be demolished to make way for the new center.
Mashburn said Papago Plaza’s name isn’t the only thing remaining. He said large redwood beams that are part of the center’s original construction will be incorporated into the new center.
The original Papago Plaza is slated to be demolished this summer.