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Kitchell Tops Off UA Health Sciences Building

 

Via azbigmedia.com

The commemorative last steel beam was put into place recently at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Innovation Building project in Tucson, a world-class center designed to be the vanguard for inter-professional health professions education in the United States.

“We have experienced a tremendous evolution in the types of facilities we are building to accommodate today’s complex healthcare climate,” said Kitchell Contractors President Steve Whitworth. “Working on this facility extends our experience on hospitals and community health clinics to higher education, and we couldn’t be more pleased about contributing to the changing landscape on the University of Arizona campus.” Kitchell is the project’s general contractor.

The $165 million facility broke ground last year. Designed by Los Angeles-based CO Architects with Tucson-based Swaim Architects, the 10-story, 220,000-square-foot building is located on the west side of the Arizona Health Sciences Campus, north of the Bio5 building off East Helen Street and North Cherry Avenue. The project is envisioned to foster collaboration among multidisciplinary teams of students and faculty in all four colleges: medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Classrooms can accommodate as many as 150 people in a flexible “flipped classroom” format, which prioritizes group work over lectures. The building also includes a special events space that allows for more than 1,000 people.

 

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Pet Supply Giant Chewy Brings 700 Jobs To Goodyear

 

Via azbigmedia.com

Online pet products retailer Chewy, Inc. has committed to bringing 700 new full-time jobs to Goodyear as part of its latest expansion into the southwestern United States.

The 49-acre site that the company selected for its 802,671 square foot e-commerce facility is located south of Van Buren Street on 143rd Avenue in the Airport Gateway Development, a 230-acre master planned business park. Construction of the facility began in November in anticipation of taking occupancy in the second quarter of 2018.

Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord welcomed the city’s latest investor saying “We are thrilled to announce that Chewy, Inc. has chosen Goodyear as the location for their internet fulfillment center. E-commerce will continue to be a significant driver of our nation’s economy and Goodyear is proud to be home to an innovative company like Chewy, Inc.”

 

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Downtown Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row Continues To Attract Developers, Businesses

 

Via azcentral.com

Boarded-up buildings and weed-filled vacant lots were the norm in metro Phoenix’s oldest historic neighborhood not too long ago.

Now, the 100-plus-year-old Roosevelt District in downtown Phoenix has evolved before our eyes into Roosevelt Row, one of the most popular neighborhoods in not only metro Phoenix but the U.S.

The bustling Central Avenue and Roosevelt Street hub of Roosevelt Row was recently voted the sixth most popular metro Phoenix intersection by Urban Land Institute Arizona. The area didn’t even make the list 10 years ago.

 

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Markham Contracting Celebrates 40 Years Of Impact

 

Via azbigmedia.com

Markham Contracting Co., Inc., founded in the Phoenix garage of President Mike Markham Sr., in 1977, is celebrating 40 years of helping shape the Southwest landscape.

Projects include the original Hughes Helicopter manufacturing plant, now Mesa Boeing; Phoenix International Raceway; the Omni Montelucia Resort; the Chicago Cubs’ spring training facility; the Wickenburg bypass; Grand Avenue; and Victory at Verrado, to name a few.

As a family-owned grading, paving, wet utility, concrete and general engineering contracting firm, Markham Contracting has left an indelible mark on more than 4,000 municipal, commercial, residential, industrial, and utility developments in Arizona.
 

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Can You Really Afford The Average Arizona Home On A 50K Salary?

 

Via 12news.com

The housing market has seen rates increase this year leaving us to wonder how this impacts the median income for a potential home buyer in Arizona.

Phoenix continues to drop on the list of most affordable places to live, now ranking as the 19th least expensive metro area in the United States.

Despite that, experts say you only need to make about $50,000 to buy an average-priced home in the Valley. Holly Henbest, a real estate agent, says the average price of a home in Arizona this month is $244,000.

 

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Experts Say Multifamily Is Key To Arizona’s Economic Growth

 

Via azbigmedia.com

With the 2018 legislative session right around the corner, the Arizona Multihousing Association (AMA) is finalizing its policy priorities for the year. Similar to years past, the industry will be focusing on protecting private property rights, preserving key economic development tools and supporting policies to reduce regulatory barriers for owners, operators and developers of apartment communities in Arizona.

As Arizona continues its efforts to attract large employers into the state, it is critical to preserve key economic development tools used to attract new investment. While Arizona looks to compete with its neighbors, retaining or creating new tools to attract investment and job creators will be a priority for the apartment industry.

As the demand for apartment homes continues to outpace the supply of new units, it is critical, now more than ever, to ensure that policies, whether enacted at the state or local level, do not not impede the positive economic growth taking place across the state.

 

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Major Traffic Closure In Southwest Phoenix Will Last For Months

 

Via azfamily.com

The Arizona Department of Transportation will close Southern Avenue between 51st and 67th avenues starting Monday, Nov. 27.

“We’re going to need to have it closed for several months here into the spring while we do the construction on the south half of the interchange. That includes putting at least much of the bridge in place over Southern Avenue,” said Nintzel.

Traffic will be detoured to Baseline and Broadway Roads. Nintzel said the project planners are working with the City of Phoenix on things like the timing of traffic lights, to allow a smooth flow of traffic on those two streets who will pick up the majority of the cars that would normally be on Southern Avenue.

 

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Michael Pollack Builds a Legacy Of Giving Back

 

Via azbigmedia.com

A desire to build and instill pride back into run down communities has been a catalyst for many of Michael A. Pollack’s real estate ventures throughout his 44-plus year career.

He is the founder and president of Michael A. Pollack Real Estate Investments, one of the largest independently owned and operated real estate companies in Arizona, specializing in refurbishing commercial and industrial properties in the Phoenix market for more than 25 years now.

Pollack’s goal is to make Arizona’s neighborhoods better one project at a time; always leaving things better than the way he found it.

 

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Pima County Breaks Ground On Seniors And Veterans Housing Projects

 

Via azbusinessdaily.com

The Pima County Housing Center has recently broken ground on a $2.85 million project for a pair of senior and veterans housing projects.

District 5 Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothchild, and other local and state officials recently broke ground on the project, which will include 20 apartments to accommodate low-income seniors who live with a caregiver or family member.

The complexes, which will be built adjacent to the TMM Family Services main campus on North Country Club Road, was funded by $545,000 in voter-approved bond funding and $708,000 in HOME funds federal grant money.

 

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Bill Gates’ Smart City In Arizona Is Not Smart, Not A City, And Has Little to Do With Bill Gates

 

Via slate.com

Here are some things you should know about the smart city Bill Gates is building in Phoenix.

It’s not a city, nor is it “smart,” nor does the Microsoft founder appear to be involved in any meaningful way. And when outlets like CNBC say it’s in Phoenix, well … the plot of land in question is some 40 miles west of Phoenix, on the western edge of the metropolis’s westernmost suburb.

Still, it appears to be true that Cascade Investment LLC, the firm that manages an uncertain number of billions of Gates’ money, used a subsidiary LLC called Mt. Lemmon Holdings to invest $80 million in a greenfield development project here—if the term can be applied to the very-not-green Arizona desert.

 

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