Monday, September 10, 2007

Historic Scottsdale horse ranch corralled

[Source: Ari Cohn, Tribune] -- The last vestiges of Brusally Ranch, a key property in Scottsdale Arabian horse history, received approval Thursday to be subdivided for houses. Scottsdale’s Development Review Board voted 4-0 to approve developer Starpointe Communities application to subdivide the 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. Starpointe’s lawyer, John Berry, said deed restrictions prevent the original home’s demolition for 15 years. City Councilman Bob Littlefield said that’s better than nothing. “I hate to lose anything historic, but I think that’s probably a better outcome than we could have expected,” Littlefield said. 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, according to historian Tobi Taylor, owner of Coronado Ranch in Tucson, which breeds Brusally Arabians.

[Note: To read the full article, click here. Photo source: Arizona Transplant House.]