[OPINION] Fifth Avenue referendum will not ‘save’ Old Town Scottsdale

Sandy Schenkat

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Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Spring Creek Development

By Sandy Schenkat | Scottsdale Independent

Southbridge 2 has caused a lot of concern for a lot of people in Scottsdale.

It is my belief that these people opposing SB2 are ill informed and do not understand the alternatives.

There is no saving Old Town. Old Town was expanded by the city marketing department about two years ago to encompass a larger part of downtown purely for marketing efforts.

Fifth Avenue has never really been part of Old Town. Fifth Avenue has been in decline for many years. Fred Unger planned to re-develop this area as far back as the early 1990s and he patiently acquired the properties, which are old construction and not built to current building codes.