The Phoenix City Council has approved a massive $600 million renovation of the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, which officials said will update the amenities of the swank hotel while preserving its historic character.
The project will consist of a new spa, fine-dining restaurant, upgrades to neighboring trails, traffic improvements, pool and landscaping redevelopment, a promenade along the Arizona Canal, new resort entrance and 300 new rooms.
The timing of the improvements will depend on market conditions, the resort said. The first phase - the $120 million spa - could be under construction by the end of 2010.
Planners have worked closely with the surrounding community to develop an acceptable project, said Nick Wood, lead zoning attorney on the project.
The Biltmore is the first major property to be rezoned under a new Planned Unit Development ordinance, which encourages infill development that gives developers flexibility to incorporate community feedback into the design.