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Hedge fund president selling Scottsdale 4BD - Blockshopper
by Diana Davis, published May 14, 2009 · Ernest and Jennifer Vogel have listed for sale their four-bedroom, five-bath home at 8506 E. Gilded Perch Dr. in Scottsdale for $789000. The 2596-square-foot house in the North Scottsdale neighborhood was built...
Last Night: Dan Aykroyd Signs Skulls in Scottsdale - Phoenix New Times
Over 500 fans flooded the parking lot outside Sportsman's Fine Wines in Scottsdale last night just for a chance to get their heads signed by legendary actor, musician, winemaker and former Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd -- their Crystal Heads, that is....
Stein Mart to open 2nd store in Scottsdale - AZ
14, 2009 10:45 AM Discount retailer Stein Mart plans to open a second Scottsdale store this fall, in the Promenade shopping center southeast of Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. The new store will occupy about 35000 square feet of space...
Scottsdale/Northeast Valley news briefs - AZ
SCOTTSDALE - Hospice of the Valley will hold orientation and training sessions for volunteers on Mondays and Fridays, 1 to 4 pm, from June 1 through June 26 at its Northeast Clinical Office, 5111 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 108, Scottsdale....
The taste of Brazil is alive in Scottsdale - (KNXV-TV)
Perfectly seasoned meats, authentic gaucho chefs and impeccable service, Fogo de Chão (pronounced fo-go dée shown) is quickly becoming a Scottsdale landmark with flames from its signature churrasqueira grill visible to passers-by....
Resort kids programs adding value for families - CNN
What's even more amazing than seeing these creatures strut their stuff "up close," as the kids say, is where we are seeing them -- in a free show on the lawn at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort at Gainey Ranch. This expansive resort, like others in...
Airport panel mulls hike in weight limit - AZ
14, 2009 01:52 PM Business-jet travelers still come to Scottsdale and spend money at its hotels and golf courses, but the city cannot afford to let Scottsdale Airport's status as a premier business airport go into decline, the general manager of a key...
Apple Computer co-founder selling in Scottsdale for $2.2M - Blockshopper
by Deena Andrews, published May 13, 2009 · AC and Linda Markkula have listed for sale their three-bedroom, 3.5-bath home at 28034 N. 100th Place in Scottsdale for $2.2 million. The 3570-square-foot house in the North Scottsdale neighborhood was built...
Real estate attorney asking $1.05M in Scottsdale - Blockshopper
by Amy Anderson, published May 13, 2009 · James J. Vance has listed for sale a two-bedroom, three-bath condo at 9280 E. Thompson Peak Parkway in Scottsdale for $1.05 million. The 2632-square-foot Unit #15 is part of the Tapadero at DC Ranch condominium...
Mental health company exec lists Scottsdale 4BD - Blockshopper
by Cindy Valens, published May 13, 2009 · Ann and Liberto Calamaio are selling a four-bedroom, 3.5-bath home at 21877 N. 79th Place in Scottsdale for $999950. The 3669-square-foot house, which was built in 1999, is in the North Scottsdale neighborhood....

Scottsdale Airport


Scottsdale Airport (IATA: SCF, ICAO: KSDL, FAA LID: SDL) is a city-owned public-use airport located nine miles (14 km) north of the central business district of Scottsdale, a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, Scottsdale Airport is assigned SDL by the FAA and SCF by the IATA (which assigned SDL to Midlanda Airport in Sundsvall, Sweden).

As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 4,798 passenger boardings (or enplanements) in calendar year 2005 and 266 enplanements in 2006. According to the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2007-2011, Scottsdale was designated as a reliever airport, which is a general aviation airport that may be used to relieve congestion at a large commercial service airport.

It is one of the busiest single-runway facilities in the nation, with approximately 202,000 operations in 2004. The airport averages approximately 10,000 passengers a year. The airport offers clearance, ground and tower services from 1300Z to 0400Z (6 am to 9 pm local time) daily.

Neighbors complain about aircraft noise around the airport, with over 9,000 complaints being logged in 2004 alone. However, it is unlikely that the airport would close, due to the economic boom it provides for Scottsdale. Also, the land would revert to the Seventh-day Adventist Church (which founded the airport), under the deed that the city of Scottsdale signed with the church to make the airport municipal.

Scottsdale Airport covers an area of 282 acres (114 ha) which contains one asphalt paved runway (3/21) measuring 8,249 x 100 ft (2,514 x 30 m).

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2005, the airport had 224,684 aircraft operations, an average of 615 per day: 95% general aviation, 5% air taxi and <1% military. There are 471 aircraft based at this airport: 59% single engine, 19% multi-engine, 20% jet aircraft and 2% helicopters.

FBOs include the Scottsdale Air Center and Landmark Aviation (formerly Corporate Jets). Rural/Metro fire department has a facility located midfield adjacent to the tower.

During World War II the airfield was used by the United States Army Air Force Army Air Forces Training Command as "Thunderbird Field #2" on June 22, 1942, as a primary flight training school for aviation cadets. Since its inception, Thunderbird #2 graduated more than 5,500 students, a total three times greater than the entire total contemplated by the AAF's original expansion program. In addition, Thunderbird #2 pilots flew nearly 26,500,000 miles, more than 3,000 times around the world at the equator. The school was deactivated on October 16, 1944.

While in operation, Thunderbird #2 underwent a transformation that took it from a small piece of isolated desert to a primary training school. This transformation is attributable to Air Force officers such as General Henry H. Arnold and Lieutenant General B.K. Yount (commander of the Army Air Forces Training Command, and the civilian contract school operated by Leland Hayward and John H. Connelly.

One of three Southwest Airways' training schools in the Valley, Thunderbird #2's first class of cadets, arriving before the field was pronounced ready for occupancy, had to be trained at Thunderbird Field #1 in Glendale. Not until July 22, could all personnel, consisting then of 28 flight instructors, move to Scottsdale. Throughout World War II, Thunderbird #2 devoted its every facility to the training of more and more cadets. In November 1943, the peak was reached; 615 cadets who flew an average of two hours a day, making 1,845 separate takeoffs and landings. In a period of ten weeks, students received a total of 65 hours of flight training and 109 hours of ground school. In spite of the intensified training, the field gained a widespread reputation for thoroughness of instruction and high caliber graduates.

An increase in the number of students brought about a similar gain in the number of persons employed, until in January, 1944, Thunderbird II's payroll boasted 508 employees, with a total monthly salary expenditure of $115,247. Gradually the tempo slowed as World War II came to an end. So well did civilian contractors complete their initial assignment, that by August 4, 1944, only 40 of the original 64 primary schools were still in operation. At the closing of Thunderbird #2, only 15 remained opened to complete the task of primary training.

After the war, Arizona State Teachers College (now Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona), acquired the airport in order to implement its own aviation program. Distance from the college campus and cost of operating an aviation program soon convinced the college to abandon its plans.

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Scottsdale Culinary Institute

Scottsdale Culinary Institute (SCI) is a career-focused school in Arizona specializing in culinary and hospitality education. Elizabeth Sherman Leite started Scottsdale Culinary Institute in 1986. The Institute is located in a former country club on a golf course and lakefront overlooking Camelback Mountain.

Scottsdale Culinary Institute is a Le Cordon Bleu Schools North American affiliate and offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Management and Le Cordon Bleu Hospitality and Restaurant Management and Associate of Occupational Studies degrees in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts, Le Cordon Bleu Pâtisserie and Baking and Le Cordon Bleu Restaurant and Hospitality Management and certificates in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts and Le Cordon Bleu Pâtisserie and Baking.

Scottsdale Culinary Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT). Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts and Le Cordon Bleu Pâtisserie and Baking Programs: Accredited Programs, American Culinary Federation Foundation, Inc. Accrediting Commission. Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

Camelback Campus is the main campus for Scottsdale Culinary Institute and is housed in a former country club overlooking the Camelback Mountain. Camelback Campus houses administrative offices, numerous classrooms and kitchens, the main library and L’Ecole, a student-run 100-seat restaurant. L’Ecole serves as an operations classroom and instructional laboratories for our students of Scottsdale Culinary Institute.

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Scottsdale Stadium

Scottsdale Stadium is a baseball field located in Scottsdale, Arizona. The stadium was built in 1992 and holds 12,000 people. It is the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants. It was the home of the Phoenix Firebirds of the Pacific Coast League from 1992 until 1997, when the team moved to Fresno, California and became the Grizzlies, in order to make room for the National League's Arizona Diamondbacks, who began play in 1998.

The stadium underwent a $23.1 million renovation in 2006. In return, the San Francisco Giants agreed to play at the stadium for an additional 20 years, through 2025, with an option to extend the lease to 2035.

The Giants hold their major league and minor league training operation at the two facilities. Scottsdale Stadium is consistently one of the top attended venues in Arizona's Cactus League. The Scottsdale Charros organize and promote San Francisco spring training in the city. In 2009 the Giants will play a record 21 home games at Scottdale Stadium from February 26th-April 1st.

The stadium is also host of the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League, and hosts the Fall League's championship game at the end of November. During the summer the stadium is home the Arizona League Giants of the Arizona League. The stadium is also available to rent and hosts numerous parties, events and meetings throughout the year.

The stadium was built on the site of the old Scottsdale Stadium, built in 1956, which also hosted the Giants as well as the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Oakland A's. The ballpark was constructed in less than a year to avoid having the Giants play their spring games at another location.

In March 2006, the stadium hosted three games from Pool B of the World Baseball Classic.

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Scottsdale Fashion Square

Scottsdale Fashion Square

Scottsdale Fashion Square is the largest shopping mall in Arizona and the American Southwest, with approximately 2 million square feet (180,000 m²) of retail space, and is among the top 30 largest malls in the country. It is one of the top 10 most profitable malls in the country with over $740 sales per square foot, more than $400 over the national average. The mall is located on the northwest corner of Scottsdale Road and Camelback Road in Scottsdale, Arizona and has been owned by Westcor, a subsidiary of Macerich, since 2002. With the explosion of new retail developments and dining options in the nearby vicinity, the term Scottsdale Fashion Square has become more generalized in recent years to include the retail shopping districts adjacent to the complex, including the Scottsdale Waterfront and Southbridge.

Scottsdale Fashion Square was originally built as a 3-story open-air structure in 1961, anchored by two local Phoenix stores, department store Goldwater's and supermarket AJ Bayless. At the time, the primary competitor was the Los Arcos Mall, a fully-enclosed mall built in 1969, also located in Scottsdale. Its early financial success led to an expansion of the west-side of the mall in 1974, which nearly doubled the square-footage of the mall. This expansion also added an additional department store, Diamond's, to the northern section of the mall.

In 1977, a competing mall, the fully-enclosed Camelview Plaza, was built just west of Scottsdale Fashion Square, on the other side of North 70th Street. Camelview Plaza boasted Los Angeles department store Bullock's and Houston's Sakowitz. The shopping center also included a Harkins Camelview Theatre on an outparcel.

For several years, the two malls competed for shoppers and tenants. However, in 1982 after Westcor's purchase of the mall, the owners agreed to connect the malls by building a two-story retail bridge across North 70th Street, replacing the shuttle service that ran between the two malls. In the process, the street separating the two malls was sunk below grade-level, widened to four lanes, and renamed North Goldwater Boulevard. The two malls were largely gutted and completely renovated. AJ Bayless was torn down and the space merged with Diamond's to be replaced by Dillard's. Goldwater's, which became J.W. Robinson a few years before, was expanded to 235,000 square feet (21,800 m2). The lower level food court added the Harkins Fashion Square 7 Cinema. Fashion Square was also enclosed by a system of retractable glass skylights. A variety of tenants were able to remain in-place and operating throughout this redevelopment process. The redevelopment was completed in 1991.

In the early 90's, luxury developers and retailers believed the desert city would be the next retail destination. Developments such as the Scottsdale Galleria, The Borgata and Fashion Square lured internationally renowned retailers to the center of the city, including Adrienne Vittadini, A|X Armani Exchange, Bally, Escada, Gianni Versace, Royal Doulton, and Yves Saint Laurent. In 1992, Sakowitz was transformed into a luxurious, 110,000-square-foot (10,000 m2) Neiman Marcus. While many retailers discovered the market was too young and eventually withdrew from the market, Neiman Marcus experienced high sales and remained. Others would return later on.

During the luxury explosion, J.W. Robinson, after being acquired by May Department Stores, became Robinsons-May in 1993. In 1995, the old Bullock's space was vacated, and remained empty for several years. Throughout this time, while connected, the two malls retained separate ownership and identities. Signage within the malls indicated to shoppers the demarcation between the two structures. These separate identities continued until, in 1996, Westcor purchased Camelview Plaza and renamed the entire 1,800,000-square-foot (167,000 m2) shopping plaza, Scottsdale Fashion Square.

Despite the early failure of several luxury tenants, the mall attracted a number of the state's first major luxury brands in the mid-to-late 90's during its second major expansion. The mall was redeveloped and expanded south. In 1998, a second retail bridge was constructed to connect the newly built, 235,000-square-foot (21,800 m2), 3-story Nordstrom.Three parking garages were built as well. Nordstrom's arrival landed Fashion Square a number of the state's first luxury names, including Brooks Brothers, Montblanc, Nicole Miller, Niessing, Tiffany & Co., and Swarovski. Dillard's also moved across the mall to Bullock's old space. Sears temporarily occupied the vacant retail space from 1999-2000. At the end of the entire redevelopment, Dillard's was expanded to 365,000 square feet (33,900 m2), the largest store in the Arkansas-based chain. This redevelopment brought the center to nearly 2,000,000 square feet (190,000 m2) and made it the 13th largest enclosed shopping mall in the country.

The revitalized mall helped luxury stores see record-high sales. Coach, St. John, Tiffany & Co., and Louis Vuitton underwent several expansions throughout the years, with all four having nearly doubled or tripled their spaces today. The mall continued to bring in more unique luxury tenants, including the Bang & Olufsen, BOSS Hugo Boss, BCBG Max Azria, Dana Buchman, John Atencio, Kenneth Cole New York, Max Mara, Max Studio, St. Croix, and TUMI. Banana Republic opened one of its first free-standing individual Banana Republic Men and Banana Republic Women stores. Neiman Marcus also opened one of its exclusive Horchow Collection Show Rooms at the mall. Moreover, in 2002, Sears closed and was replaced by the area's first Macy's.

In 2004, Fashion Square joined 7 other malls owned by Macerich to form the Lumenati Brand, a mission by Macerich to bring their malls to a new level of luxury. Macerich hoped to make Fashion Square rival other upscale malls in the nation such as South Coast Plaza in Orange County, California, Bal Harbour Shops in Florida, and The Galleria in Houston, Texas, all of which are famed centers for luxury collections. Lumenati has helped raise the level of luxury at Fashion Square. Westcor began the transformation by transplanting Gucci and Betsey Johnson from Biltmore. The mall also brought in the first Burberry, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Lacoste, Sony Style, Tourneau, and Vilebrequin to the state.

Today, Scottsdale Fashion Square is known for its high-end tenants, rivaling Biltmore Fashion Park located six miles (10 km) to the west. It is the only Arizona and Southwest location for several marque brands. As such, the mall attracts over 12 million visitors annually . Scottsdale Fashion Square is anchored by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy's, Dillard's (the largest store in the Dillard's chain), and Barneys New York (opening Fall 2009).

Due to the merger between Federated Department Stores and May Department Stores, the 235,000 sq ft (21,800 m2). Robinsons-May at Fashion Square was closed in June 2006. The space left vacant by Robinsons-May has been torn down and will be rebuilt to accommodate the much smaller 65,000 sq ft (6,000 m2). flagship Barneys New York, set to open in 2009. The Barney's wing will also add an additional 100,000 sq ft (9,300 m2). anchor to the mall and provide room for 25-30 new luxury stores. The redevelopment also plans to create street-scape retail flanking Scottsdale Rd. by tearing down the current Robinsons-May parking garage. Westcor plans to construct two floors of underground parking to compensate the elimnation of the existent parking garage.

The announcement of Barneys ignited an influx of luxury retailers. Despite the increasing competition from several planned developments in North Scottsdale, such as CityNorth, One Scottsdale, The Palmeraie and Palisene (also owned by Westcor), the mall continues to be the predominant luxury center in Phoenix. Since Barneys' announcement, A|X Armani Exchange, Bottega Veneta, CH Carolina Herrera, Cartier, FAO Schwarz (Macy*s Location) Jimmy Choo, Marciano, Metropark, Michael Kors, Puma AG, Roberto Botticelli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Melrose Avenue boutique Stash Collections, Socrati and Tous have opened. Tiffany's is among several who expanded, adding a second entrance to the store, a men's room and private VIP viewing salon. Bang & Olufsen and Max Mara have also doubled in size. Several more stores have signed leases, including, Bvlgari (April 2009), Faconnable, Michael Stars, and True Religion (Barneys' wing Fall 2009).

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Source : Wikipedia