Tempe vs. Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport

Jonathan Dalton, Phoenix Real Estate AgentBrief disclaimer: I don’t have a dog in this fight and don’t have an opinion, other that I’m a big fan of the steaks at Monti’s La Casa Vieja in Tempe next to Tempe Town Lake.

Back in April Michael Monti, owner of Monti’s La Casa Vieja steakhouse in Tempe, sold the historic building that is his restaurant as well as the two-plus acres on which the building sets to developers.

Following the recent lead of Tempe real estate expansion – the city’s landlocked, so build up when you can’t build out – the investor and development company announced plans for a 26-story tower to be named “100 South Mill Avenue.”

There’s only one small problem: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

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The Federal Aviation Association has expressed concerns about the 300-foot height of the proposed tower so close to the end of the runway. Phoenix city officials are upset because they don’t want anything to potentially hinder the airport’s operation. Tempe city officials are upset because they don’t believe anyone, let alone Phoenix, should tell them what their city’s skyline should look like.

Other cities have (in)conveniently parked high-rises at the end of runways; San Diego is one that leaps immediately to mind. (And it’s one of the reasons I’ll only fly there if I’m either heavily sedated or rather drunk.)

The latest round of maneuvering was documented (more or less) in the Arizona Republic last week. Michael Monti answered back briefly on his own blog.

That high-rise buildings could become an impediment to large airplanes trying to land on narrow strips of asphalt just behind their foundations seems like common sense. But how high does the building have to be to be a legitimate threat?

Does the 300-foot wall I build on my property impact my neighbor’s home? Quite likely. But don’t I have the right to do whatever I want on my own land (HOA arguments aside for the time being?)

I suppose this is why attorneys make a lot of money regardless of what side they take.

[tags]Phoenix real estate, Sky Harbor Airport[/tags]

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at allphoenixrealestate.com.


  • Joe Sh*t 10 years ago

    You haven’t been around long, have you?
    Remember when they tried to build the Crudnals stadium in the flight path?
    Of course you don’t.

  • Jonathan Dalton 10 years ago

    Just like I don’t remember the fight over the third runway either, right Joe?

    30 years and counting here in the Valley.

  • Joe Sh*t 10 years ago

    Well, Dalton.
    I’ll give you credit for one thing.
    At least you responded.

  • Jonathan Dalton 10 years ago

    Why wouldn’t I respond, Joe? Never mind. I’ll just take credit for it.

    One day we’ll have a fun discussion over the joy and idiocy that was MAG – at least when it came to freeway discussions. Like watching a dozen senile dogs fighting over the same milk bone.