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Development Timeline


2001 - Community Association purchases the former Information Center (later to be renamed "The McDowell Center") from Sunbelt Holdings

2002 - McDowell Mountain Marketplace shopping center opens with Bashas as the anchor tenant.

2003 – McDowell Mountain Ranch is officially Sold Out.

Feb, 2003 – Allstate Insurance office opens at McDowell Mountain Marketplace.

April, 2003 – Holland Boone opens at 90th St & Bell Rd. Status Salon & Spa opens at Desert Canyon Center. Mountainside Fitness Express opens near the Alltel Ice Den.

April, 2003 – Woodside Homes announces plans for their new community, Trails North.

May, 2003 – Amore Pizza, Curves, and The Front, a computer gaming venue, open at Desert Canyon Center. La Villa Caffe opens at McDowell Mountain Marketplace. The fire station opens.

July, 2003 – Community Bank of Arizona purchases Valley Bank at Desert Canyon Center.

July, 2003 – Karate USA opens at Desert Canyon Center

July, 2003 – Trails North begins construction

July, 2003 – The budget for McDowell Mountain Ranch Park & Aquatic Center is approved.

July, 2003 – WestWorld Trail Head opens.

Sep, 2003 – Desert Canyon Center is sold.

Sep, 2003 – DC Ranch receives approval for subdivision off of 94th St.

Sep, 2003 – McDowell Mountain Yankees are the Little League State Champions --10 years of age and under.

Nov, 2003 – Chicago Pizza Works and Chiropractor, David Sipes, open at the McDowell Mountain Marketplace

Nov, 2003 – Dr. Glenn Hanf purchases McDowell Mountain Dentistry.

Jan, 2004 – McDowell Mountain Alliance, a community watchdog group, is formed.

Jan, 2004 – Open House is held to introduce designs for McDowell Mountain Ranch Park & Aquatic Center.

Feb, 2004 – The McDowell Mountain Ranch Homeowners Association votes to proceed with improvements to the McDowell Center.

March, 2004 – Bar Stool Connection opens at the Desert Canyon Center. Pump It Up opens at Horseman’s Park.

April, 2004 – The 1st Annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival is held.

June, 2004 – The Preserve Initiative passes, securing funds for the Gateway Center Development.

July, 2004 – Artist, Norie Sato, is named the winner of national competition to design public art for the new Aquatic Center.

Sep, 2004 – Woodside Homes begins sales for Trails North community.

Sep, 2004 – Oggi’s Opens at 87th St & Bell Rd.

Sep, 2004 – Volunteers dismantle Toll fence that blocks access to The Preserve.

Nov, 2004 – The $217 Million school bond referendum passes. The referendum upgrades existing schools but makes no allowance for a 6th Scottsdale high school.

Jan, 2005 – The Arizona State Land Department announces plans to auction properties in and around West World.

Feb, 2005 – Rosemary Thyme Café opens at the Desert Canyon Center.

Feb, 2005 – McDowell Mountain Storage opens at Horseman’s Park.

Feb, 2005 – The newly renovated McDowell enter opens

March, 2005 – ALLTEL joins Sprint at the Desert Canyon cell tower.

March, 2005 – Byxbee Development begins seeking tenants for Windgate Crossing, its commercial center at the northwest corner of Thompson Peak Parkway & Bell Rd. Plans call for the center to be anchored by CVS and Bank of America.

May, 2005 – John Fern, proprietor of Caffe Portobello, announces that he’ll be opening Satori Sushi at the McDowell Mountain Marketplace.

May, 2005 – City breaks ground on the Aquatic Center.

Sep, 2005 – Circle K submits application to construct 2,500 square foot convenience store with ten fueling stations at the corner of Thompson Peak Parkway & Bell Rd in McDowell Mountain Ranch.

Sep, 2005 – Scottsdale City Council awards a contract to Weddle-Gilmore Architects to design and prepare construction plans for Gateway Center.

Sep, 2005 – City of Scottsdale outbids builders for the 80-acre parcel at the north side of 94th St & Bell Rd.

Nov, 2005 – The Family Zone is created.

Nov, 2005 – The Offices at McDowell Mountain welcome its first tenant, Edward Jones.



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