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from street view. The application states there will be 934 parking spots, which is greater than the 906 spots required by the city. “We have to have that parking,” Morris said. It is unclear exactly when Stockdale plans to begin work on Marquee, but available information suggests it will be sooner rather than later. The updated Marquee zoning case was approved by the city’s Development Review Board on June 20 and will reach the Planning Commission on July 10. It is scheduled to go before the City Council on August 27. Though the project has already been approved by the City Council once before, it could still face opposition. A number of residents submitted comments to the city both for and against the project ahead of the 2016 zoning case. Several supporters praised the project for its ability to attract more high-end businesses to downtown. “I love the design of this building and think it would be a great addition to the area,” Scottsdale resident Brianne Brown wrote to the city in 2015. “Old Town

The last time the Galleria Corporate Center was before City Council for zoning changes, members Kathy Littlefield, center, and Guy Phillips voted against them. New member Solange Whitehead, though running for office at the time, expressed views sympathetic to theirs. (Special to the Progress)

Scottsdale has �lourished over the past couple of years and I feel that this building will continue to bring the right kind of commerce and interest to the area…” Still others expressed concerns over the building's mass and the effect it would have on parking in the area. The Coalition of Greater Scottsdale wrote a letter to the city articulating a number of those concerns, including that

the building is too massive for the site’s square footage and that it would further cannibalized scarce street parking in the area. The last time around, the zoning changes were approved on a 4-3 vote. Two of the three dissenting votes were cast by current council members Kathy Little�ield and Guy Phillips. The third no vote came from former Councilman David

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