AZ Central – Third effort to develop former Rawhide land in Scottsdale

A third effort to develop a portion of the old Rawhide property in Scottsdale is in the works.

A proposal submitted to the city shows plans for a 218-townhome community called Via Bello at Silverstone. Silverstone is the name given by the developer to the entire 160-acre site formerly occupied by Rawhide.

Via Bello would take up almost 17 acres in the southwestern quadrant of the property, surrounding the Scottsdale Appaloosa Library.

According to documents accompanying the proposal, D.R. Horton, a homebuilder, owns the property. The previous owner, Villa Volterra Investments, defaulted on a loan and lost the property.

Larry Gabriele, a developer who put together Villa Volterra, tried with two separate projects to get something going on the site. He purchased the property in 2006 for $22.3 million. It was sold in a trustee’s sale last year.

If approved, the new project would be the fourth element approved on the site. Already open are the library and Vi at Silverstone, a senior living complex.

Rawhide closed in late 2005 and relocated to the Gila River Indian Community in 2006 after 35 years in Scottsdale.

The entire site, which companies associated with car-dealer magnate Larry Van Tuyl purchased in 2005 for $46 million, was rezoned after Rawhide moved out, but development has been slow. Part of the problem is the widening of Scottsdale Road near Pinnacle Peak Road, including a new bridge over Rawhide Wash. Construction continues on the road project, with new lanes being added on the east side.

Neighbors won promises that development would await completion of the road projects in order to accommodate any new traffic that might be generated. Originally scheduled to be complete by 2010, the Scottsdale Road widening was delayed as a result of the recession.

Silverstone developers already have finished work on widening Pinnacle Peak and Miller roads and Williams and Silverstone drives, as well as a new bridge over Rawhide Wash along Pinnacle Peak Road.

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