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Development Timeline


Feb, 2006 – Gateway Center plans are unveiled at a public presentation

March, 2006 – Voices, a music and arts studio opens at 91st St & Bell Road

March, 2006 – The 3rd annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival is held.

May, 2006 - City of Scottsdale completes the construction of an unpaved trail in the wash that runs north between Castle Chase, Trovas and 100 Hills communities, connecting to the existing Quartz Trail which begins at the edge of the Desert Canyon School.

August 2006 – The SUSD Math and Science Academy at Copper Ridge opens

August, 2006 – Formal groundbreaking for the Arabian Library is held. Nori Sato will design the entrance to the library to resemble a canyon.

October, 2006 – Retail Assistance Corporation opens at The Office at McDowell Mountain on Thompson Peak Parkway.

October, 2006 – The Grand Opening is held for the completion of Thompson Peak Parkway.

November, 2006 – BNC Bank opens its second Scottsdale branch in the Alltel Ice Den.

January, 2007 – McDowell Mountain Park and Aquatic Center opens

January, 2007 – McDowell Mountain Counseling opens at Aquila Office Center.

February, 2007 – City Council votes to approve a new marketing study for the Desert Discovery Center.

February, 2007 – Cena to Go and Classic Cooking open at Desert Canyon Center. Hart West Financial opens at Aquila Office Center. Smoothie King opens at McDowell Mountain Village. Quicken Loans opens in the McDowell Mountain Business Park located at Pima and Bell.

February, 2007 – Windgate Ranch introduces their model homes by hosting a benefit for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

April, 2007 – University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management offers the first degree program outside its Tucson home campus at McDowell Mountain Business Park.

April, 2007 – Just Juvenile Baby Store opens at Desert Canyon Center.

May, 2007 – US Postal Service opens a substation in the Paper Chase store located at 91st St and Bell Road. T’s Accessories opens in the McDowell Mountain Village.

July, 2007 - My Gym and Chef’s Academy open in the Horseman’s Park area.

August, 2007 – Chase Bank opens in the McDowell Mountain Marketplace.

September, 2007 – The Arabian Library opens.

September, 2007 – McDowell Mountain Little League 9-10 year old All Stars win Scottsdale District Championship.

September, 2007 – The 71 acre state of the art CAP Basin sports complex on Bell Road and 82nd Street is selected by the American Public Works Association as their Project of the Year.

October, 2007 – Bounce-U opens in the Horseman’s Park area.

November, 2007 – The Bison Museum opens in the Horseman’s Park area.

November, 2007 – Aquila Dental Design opens at Aquila Office Center.

January, 2008 – Toll Brothers versus City of Scottsdale case is decided. The ruling requires the City to pay Toll $82 million to acquire the 383 acre parcel that they bought at auction from the state for approximately $34 million…

January, 2008 – Bank of America, Temple Sports Grill and CVS Drugstore open at Windgate Crossing.

January, 2008 – Saguaro Sabercats of Saguaro High School win their second straight Class 4A Division 1 Championship, and the Saints of Notre Dame Preparatory win their first Class 4A Division Crown.

March, 2008 – Viking Cleaners opens at Windgate Crossing Shopping Center.

March, 2008 – Bagel Nosh opens on the SW corner of Pima & Bell Roads.

May, 2008 – Taylor’s Sports Cards opens at Desert Canyon Center.

May, 2008 – Classic Cooking Academy opens

June, 2008 - The 3,914 foot mountain peak over the Gateway Center is designated as “Drinkwater Peak”, named after the former mayor, Herb Drinkwater.

June, 2008 – Formal Groundbreaking Ceremony is held for the Gateway Center.

September, 2008 – Classic Cooking’s Wine and Coffee Café opens at Desert Canyon Center.

September, 2008 – The Arabian Horse Show, held at WestWorld, wins the 2008 award for Urban Special Events at the Governor’s Conference on tourism.

October, 2008 – Alltel Ice Den celebrates its 10 year anniversary

October, 2008 – The Hampton Group is granted a zoning change by the Planning Commission for the Scottsdale Epicenter (NE corner of Pima and Bell Roads) to construct two 5-story hotels.

January, 2009 – McDowell Mountain Animal Hospital opens at Windgate Crossing Center

May, 2009 – The Gateway Access Area to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve holds its grand opening on May 2nd.



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