a A new “destination” restaurant, 155 additional hotel rooms and more conference rooms may make those traveling on Scottsdale Road north of Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard wary.
But the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort insists that its aggressive expansion plans don’t mean the area will be congested with traffic.
According to a recent planning amendment, “The majority of Princess guests (73%) do not have vehicles on property as they arrive by means of transportation other than private or charter vehicles. They use hotel shuttles, taxis, ride-sharing, or similar transportation.”
However, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is requesting more parking spaces.
In a Sept. 1 amendment to a previous planning amendment submitted to the city, the five-star resort is requesting permission to:
• New banquet hall and conference halls.
• A new guest wing with 155 rooms.
• A new five-star Italian restaurant.
• Raising the maximum height from 36 feet to 47 feet.
• 161 additional parking spaces.
This is in addition to a previous request from the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess to build 37 villas and six cottages at the northern end of its sprawling campus between Scottsdale Road and Princess Boulevard.
In her request, the princess stressed that she does not consider herself royalty, but appreciates the contribution of her neighbors.
“Community involvement has always been and continues to be very important to Scottsdale Princess because they take great pride in being good neighbors and partners in the community,” the application states.
Nineteen neighbors attended an open house on Jan. 18 to hear about the plans — and left with positive feelings, according to the resort.
“The improvements have been met with much excitement from all the neighbors as they realize that the continued success of Princess Resort equates to the success of the entire community,” he said, adding:
“Neighbors also recognized that these improvements are necessary for Princess to remain a leader in luxury hospitality.”
According to her latest filing, the Princess is planning to build a new conference building that will include a 35,000-square-foot ballroom.
The elegant restaurant planned for the resort’s northwest corner will serve as a “Michael Mina fine-dining restaurant with an Italian flair,” featuring an indoor and outdoor coffee roastery.
“The food, design and atmosphere should allow this to be a true destination and among the finest restaurants in the valley,” the filing promised.
“The restaurant concept is an Italian farmhouse reimagined in a modern way to fit the Arizona desert landscape.
“A series of small buildings linked together by external trellises and connecting walkways help give the impression that the ‘farmhouse’ was built over many generations and expanded as needed.”
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess will make its case for the expansion to the Design Review Board at a public meeting to be scheduled.
The resort opened in 1987 and, along with TPC Scottsdale, hosted the first Phoenix Open that year.
Since then, the hotel has been host to a variety of major events, such as the Fiesta Bowl, the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction, and the Arabian Horse Show.