Solis ScottsdaleResort

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The review focuses on permission to remove the Salt RiverProject's electrical substation from the site at Scottsdale andCamelback roads. The Scottsdale development company, led by MarkMadkour, is planning to cover the costs for a new substation at68th Street and Indian School Road, which needs to be rezoned forthat use.

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Madkour tells GlobeSt.com the continuance was requested becauseof design issues that need to be completed before the project ispresented to city council. "We're in final meetings to geteverything clarified," he says.

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Madkour says he anticipates council will vote in favor of therezoning, which would clear the way for a formal groundbreaking infirst or second quarter 2009. He points out the Scottsdale PlanningCommission unanimously approved rezoning for the substation projectat its Oct. 22 meeting. "The planning commission has approved allthree submittals, the project from the start," he says.

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The 11-acre Solis Scottsdale Resort and Residences will featurea 241-room Solis Hotel, 141 condos and 16 single-family penthouseunits. Amenities will include a spa, restaurant and shops.

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Madkour says he's been working for awhile to get the project offthe ground and is glad to see the light at the end of the tunnel."We've been working on this for 2.5 years," he says. "These are thefinal meetings before we can get started."

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