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Scottsdale panel OKs beach-club permits - USATODAY.com

The Scottsdale Planning Commission has endorsed several permits for Triyar Entertainment's beach-club-anchored complex in Scottsdale's downtown entertainment district.

The requests will go to the City Council for final consideration.

Demolition has been completed, and Scottsdale Retail Plaza is under construction on most of the block that housed Myst nightclub on Shoeman Lane and Suede restaurant and bar on Indian Plaza.

With a single, unanimous vote and no discussion, the commission on Wednesday recommended the City Council approve the following:

Conditional-use permits for a bar and live entertainment for Triyar's beach club, which will include a 9,700-square-foot indoor bar and 17,600 square feet of outdoor pool and patio areas. The club will be in the center of the complex.

Conditional-use permits for a bar and live entertainment for Riot Hospitality Group's Whiskey Row, a modern Western saloon on the eastern side of the complex. Riot Hospitality Group owns El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria.

A conditional-use permit for a bar for Munchbar, Les Corieri's latest venue. The sports bar will be on the eastern side of the complex.

The council will consider the permits at its Aug. 21 meeting.

Bill Crawford, president of the Association to Preserve Downtown Scottsdale's Quality of Life, said he didn't attend the meeting because "it is a rubber-stamp process and will be approved no matter what."

He has been vocal in his opposition to the complex, saying noise from live music will keep neighbors from sleeping and ruin their quality of life.

Commission Chairman Michael D'Andrea said Triyar is "taking out what I see to be a deteriorating block and doing a nice project."

"Obviously there was no opposition here, so I think the reason it went through is because people knew in the original application that there were going to be restaurants, bar-type uses that would require those permits," he said.

The floor plan for the beach club shows that live entertainment will occur in the outdoor patio area, and all outdoor speakers will be mounted to direct sound toward the pool area and downward. Live entertainment at Whiskey Row will occur inside the building, and the speakers will be placed to reduce amplified noise outside.

Jason Morris, a zoning attorney representing Triyar, said he wasn't surprised no one spoke in opposition to the permits.

"I think it says two things," he said. "First of all, we've made a tremendous effort to reach out to the neighborhood, to make sure that not only adjacent property owners but the public were aware and supportive of what we're doing. Secondly, it says we really have met all of the standards that are associated with a use permit, and we dealt through the zoning case with all of the contentious issues."

By Edward Gately, The Republic|azcentral.comPosted Jul 18, 2012



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