Luxury Resort In Works For North Scottsdale

Proposed Pinnacle Peak ResortA “high-end, ultra-luxury resort” is planned for 17 acres in north Scottsdale near Pinnacle Peak Park.

John Wanninger, of the development group JTW PPL, bought the land just southeast of the 150-acre Pinnacle Peak Park at an Arizona Land Department auction last month for nearly $13 million.

The proposed Pinnacle Peak Resort plans are still in the preliminary stages, Wanninger said. However, the resort is expected to be environmentally friendly and feature a spa, according to Wanninger’s publicist, Dave Cieslak.

JTW has acquired a roughly nine-acre parcel immediately east of the land it purchased at auction. The land is home to the Pinnacle Peak Patio Steakhouse. Restaurant owner Harvey McElhanon was made a partner in the resort project last year, and plans include a new incarnation of the steakhouse on the site.

Wanninger is also partnering on developing the $650 million Solis Scottsdale resort north and east of Scottsdale and Camelback roads in downtown Scottsdale. The project, formerly called Waterview, is expected to include 250 hotel rooms in the five-star urban resort, about 140 residences, 15 penthouse single-family homes, retail, restaurant and office space, and a one-acre park.

The developers’ plan to move the Salt River Project electrical substation now sitting on the Solis site to the northeast corner of Indian School Road and 68th Street, a commercial site they bought for about $7 million. The proposal has raised objections from some potential neighbors worried that the substation will harm their businesses and property values.

Story courtesy of the East Valley Tribune.


2 Responses to “Luxury Resort In Works For North Scottsdale”

  1. James Boyer (2 comments) on September 8th, 2008 9:13 pm:

    Great information Matt, Scottsdale is lucky to have someone like you posting great information for everyone on such a nice looking platform.

  2. rick lanning (1 comments) on November 30th, 2008 10:33 am:

    i just wanted to contact my old friend harvey mcelhanon, if that’s possible. many years ago when harvey was fighting a court battle to retain ownership of pinnacle peak patio, i wrote some articles about him and the restaurant for the phoenix gazette. a lot of water has passed under the dam since then, harvey. i lived in the caribbean five years working for a couple of newspapers on the islands of nevis, st. kitts and st. maarten. i just completed writing a book for a retired banker about the world economy and we are close to a publication date. harvey, this is my 4th book. you remember a long time ago i wanted to write a book about you and your family and your ties with the restaurant business, from the rusty nails to the pinnacle peak. i am open for a job these days. gave up drinking, by the way. now my strongest drink is green tea and it makes me feel a LOT better. if you might have a full or part-time public relations job for me, i am definitely in the market and this time i will make the job work. you can email me or call me at 417 987 0798. thanks and God bless you during this joyous holiday season.

    rick lanning
    springfield, mo.