1996 - McDowell Mountain Ranch is sold by Newhall Land & Farming Company to
a joint venture partnership of Haas & Haynie Corporation, San Francisco, Calif.,
and Sunbelt Holdings, based in Scottsdale.
1996 - A 70-acre campus is donated to the City of Scottsdale for the Desert Canyon
School and Arabian Library
1997 - McDowell Mountain Ranch is ranked among the top 10 master-planned communities
in the nation for sales volume
1998 - Construction begins on Thompson Peak Parkway Bridge
1998 - The Alltel Ice Den opens on Bell Road
1998 - The Desert Canyon elementary school opens
1998 - The Thompson Peak Parkway Bridge opens
1999 - The National Association of Home Builders honors McDowell Mountain Ranch
as one of the top five master-planned communities in the country.
1999 - The Desert Canyon Shopping Center opens
2000 - The McDowell Mountain Ranch Community Association takes over the management
of the community from the developer, Sunbelt Holdings.