SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Scottsdale City Council gave final approval on Tuesday night for major improvements to be made to the Scottsdale Fashion Square shopping center.
The meeting drew a crowd, with plenty of residents on both sides of the issue.
Those in favor of the improvements want to see Fashion Square progress and continue to be an economic driver. Right now, it's the biggest moneymaker and tourist attraction in downtown Scottsdale.
Many of those opposed live near the property, and don't like the plan of taller buildings and how close they may sit to the curb.
“I think we are changing what Scottsdale looks like when we start adding high rises," said one man in opposition.
The developer, Macerich, plans to expand the space to about three times larger than it is now. Additions will include residences, retail, restaurants and maybe even a hotel in the area.
"Five floors more than what is already permitted allows this community to protect and sustain an important tourism, attraction and economic engine," explained John Berry, an attorney for the developer.
Construction is set to begin in September with a new grand opening slated for November of 2018.