Guest Editorial: City’s Largest Employer and Neighbor Endorses Museum Square

By Scottsdale Pinetop

We’ve said it before and we will say it again – Museum Square is great project for Scottsdale. Museum Square would take the now defunct and vacant Loloma transit station and turn it into a high-end, mixed-use master plan development between the Museum of the West, Stagebrush Theatre and Scottsdale Artist’s School. We’ve written extensively about the community benefits of the project before both here and here.

Reactions to Museum Square have been overwhelmingly positive. People from all parts of Scottsdale are excited for the project. Some of the supporters of Museum Square include the Museum of the West, the Scottsdale Gallery Association, Larsen Gallery, Jason Alexander, Paul Messinger, Legacy Gallery and the Scottsdale Firefighter’s Association.

Now joining the list of supporters of Museum Square is HonorHealth. As the largest employer in the City of Scottsdale with over 11,000 employees and a property owner in Old Town, HonorHealth is a powerful and important voice within the Scottsdale community. And their Osborn Medical Center campus in such close proximity to the Museum Square site, it is even more so. “Ensuring the vibrancy of Scottsdale’s downtown area, with projects like Museum Square, is an important part of keeping our City and attractive place for our employees to live, work and play,” said Michelle Pabis, HonorHealth’s Vice President of Government & Community Affairs in a letter to the City of Scottsdale.

Museum Square has the potential to be a positive development that not only enhances the city but one that unites it too. With the addition of HonorHealth to the long list of supporters, Museum Square is one of the few projects that has the ability and opportunity to build community consensus amongst different organizations and people. We hope the City Council will continue to move this project forward and look for more developments like these that accentuate the best of Scottsdale.