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Scottsdale Mayor Says Desert Edge Project 'Very Difficult' To Get Built After Approval of Proposition 420

Desert Discovery Center
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The development of a Desert Discovery Center in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve has been a contentious issue in Scottsdale.

Scottsdale voters last week overwhelmingly approved Proposition 420.

The measure requires a public vote for development projects inside the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

It was spurred by the Desert Edge proposal — a controversial 47,000-square-foot education center that supporters argue would boost tourism and critics say isn’t appropriate for the preserve.

So, now that the city’s voters have spoken, The Show reached out to Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane to get his perspective on what’s next for the project.

He spoke to The Show to give us more on how the vote on Proposition 420 affects this development happening or not happening.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.