McDowell Corridor



Strategically positioned in the Greater Phoenix Area, the McDowell Road corridor offers easy access to surrounding municipalities, freeways, Sky Harbor Airport, regional parks, and regional shopping. This area also has strong ties to Arizona State University (ASU) and its neighboring municipalities. Today, Southern Scottsdale is the most densely populated residential part of the City and its residents treasure its rich history and are excited about its future. Property values remain consistently higher than those areas in the Valley with similar demographics.

Southern Scottsdale is home to SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center. SkySong is a mixed-use project consisting of 1.2 million square feet of office, research, and retail space located on 42 acres at the intersection of Scottsdale and McDowell Road. A public-private partnership with Arizona State University Foundation, SkySong is a premier research and development site in the greater Phoenix area. Projects like SkySong, Lowes Home Improvement, and the Granite Reef Senior Center demonstrate the cooperative ways in which private investors and the local government have been working together to build on the economic and social foundation of the area.


  • Current projects under development or construction:
    • SkySong VI & Quadrant 3 Parking Garage Expansion
    • SkySong Restaurant 
    • Skye on McDowell 


Click here for more information on active projects on the McDowell Road Corridor

Facts & Figures

  • Since 2009, over $200 million of new investment has been made along McDowell Corridor.
  • 3,774 new multifamily and luxury multifamily units are anticipated to be completed and occupied by the end of 2017.
  • By 2019, an additional multifamily units 1,034 are anticipated to be completed.
  • Of the 3,774 units to be completed by 2017, average household income estimates are $70,694.
  • There are more than 14,000 employees  within the McDowell Road Corridor with an average earnings of just under $70,000. 
  • The top industry along the McDowell Road Corridor is Professional, Scientific and Technical services nearly 4,000 jobs in 2015. 
  • Nearly 50 percent of the population along the Corridor is 39 years of age or younger. 

News & Articles


Groupon to create 100 new positions at SkySong

Scottsdale, Ariz. - Sept. 21, 2015 - Groupon announced plans to open its new sales office at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, to support its growing ecommerce marketplace. The company plans to move 150 existing employees from its current location in Phoenix while hiring 100 additional positions later this summer.


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Construction begins on 4th SkySong office building

Scottsdale, Ariz. (Sept. 21, 2015) - A new building is set to rise at SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center. It’s a necessity to keep up with market demand— the other three office buildings are now almost full with some of the Valley’s most exciting businesses.


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City of Scottsdale & ASU SkySong receives Excellence on Economic Developemnt Award from the International Economic Development Council

Scottsdale, Ariz. (Oct.12, 2015) - City of Scottsdale & ASU SkySong received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2015 project in the category of Partnerships with Educational Institutions for communities with populations of 200,000-500,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).


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Why is the McDowell Corridor an area of significance to the City’s economic development efforts?

Because it is one of Scottsdale’s greatest opportunities for revitalization and reinvestment, and serves as the gateway to the community.

"McDowell has many resources and attributes at its anchor points, but what’s in between is lacking. We have all been impacted over the years by the decline of this area, but the possibilities along McDowell Road are endless. We can make it a destination. Reinvestment is already happening, but we must encourage other businesses to follow suit and seize on the ample opportunities that currently exist."

Jeff Berghoff, Berghoff Design Group