Final approval to carve up a key property in Scottsdale's Arabian horse history is scheduled to be considered during Tuesday's City Council meeting.
Developer Starpointe Communities plans to subdivide what's left of the Brusally Ranch property, a 5.7-acre site on 84th Street north of Cholla Street, to accommodate four houses in addition to the original 6,000-square-foot Spanish colonial-style ranch home now known as the Arizona Transplant House, used by recuperating organ transplant patients.
Many Arabian horses can trace their lineage to those bred at the original 160-acre Brusally Ranch by Ed Tweed, founder and first president of the state's Arabian Horse Association. Tweed's importation of about two dozen Arabians from Poland in the 1960s put Scottsdale on the equestrian world's map.
The association stages the Arabian Horse Show at WestWorld of Scottsdale each year.
Tweed's daughter donated the family home to the Mayo Clinic in the mid-1990s. Since 1999, recipients of organ transplants at the Scottsdale clinic have recuperated there.
The nonprofit, in return, asks $25 a night for room and board if the patient can afford it. The house only has seven rooms and is no longer large enough to accommodate the number of patients seeking to stay there.
The Mayo Clinic is leasing the property from Starpointe. The transplant house will be sold, along with the 1.7 acres on which it sits, as a single-family home. Deed restrictions prevent the home's demolition for 15 years.
Eventually, the transplant house will move to the Mayo Hospital campus, 56th Street and Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix. The existing facility is about seven miles from the hospital.
The first phase, to open in the fall, is expected to have 12 rooms and cost about $4 million. The remaining phases likely will be completed over the subsequent five to seven years, and will have about 30 rooms.