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Fill in the Tracts

“Each city may have its own defined term,” said G. Adam Baugh, a land use and zoning attorney with the law firm Withey Morris in Phoenix. “Infill is generally the development of vacant or under-utilized parcels within existing urban areas that are already largely developed around it,” he said. “Most communities have vacant land, which for various reasons, has been passed over in the normal course of growth and build-out. While this applies to both urban and suburban areas, it is more common in urban areas where there is new neighborhood renewal in older parts of the city.”

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Withey Morris PLC Brings On Father-Son Attorney Team Dave And Alex Baker

PHOENIX, AZ – Withey Morris, a prominent Arizona land use law firm for nearly 20 years, brought on father-son team Dave and Alex Baker of Baker Law Offices, expanding its range of real estate services. Dave Baker has over 25 years of experience in Arizona real estate transactions and litigation. Alex Baker specializes in real estate transactions and litigation, commercial transactions and litigation, entity formation and estate planning.

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PHX Neighbors Take Part in Architectural Competition

Jason Morris, a Phoenix land use, zoning a orney and partner with Withey Morris PLC never had a case take a turn like this.
In the trendy and eclec c Phoenix area called the Melrose District along 7th Avenue between Camelback and Indian School Roads, clients Bruce and Kim Raskin wanted to transform a vacant, boarded-up building into a self-storage facility. View PDF…

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Land Use Case ‘Never Took Turn Like This': Phoenix Neighbors Take Part In Architectural Competition

Jason Morris, a Phoenix land use, zoning attorney and partner with Withey Morris PLC never had a case take a turn like this. In the trendy and eclectic Phoenix area called the Melrose District along 7th Avenue between Camelback and Indian School Roads, clients Bruce and Kim Raskin wanted to transform a vacant, boarded-up building into a self-storage facility

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Paying Respect to Our Past While Re-Building Our Future

As many of our cities are becoming denser, infill and adaptive land reuse are becoming  an increasingly popular option for developers. For landlocked cities such as Tempe, often the only options are to tear a building down or re-purpose the old.

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People to Know: Adam Baugh, Withey Morris

The incredible, charismatic and close relationships Adam Baugh witnessed during his legal internship at the Phoenix offices of then-Mayor Phil Gordon convinced Baugh to pursue the legal world of zoning and land use.

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Adam Baugh named up-and-coming business leader in the Phoenix Business Journal’s annual 40 Under 40 class of 2017

Each year, the Phoenix Business Journal honors 40 individuals under the age of 40 who are having a major impact in the Valley both in business and the greater community. According to the Phoenix Business Journal, “The honorees come from a range of industries. They are innovators and instigators of change. They are entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. They have founded nonprofits and undertaken endeavors for the greater good that will help the community for years to come.

One of the notable traits of this class, as those before it, is the honorees’ community involvement that stands out. Their work goes beyond the 9-to-5 world and affects many.

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Withey Morris PLC Hires Land Use and Zoning Attorney Benjamin Tate

“I have a strong connection to the Valley having lived in Arizona my entire life,” shared Tate. “Land use and zoning law is a perfect way for me to merge my political and legal backgrounds with my passion for development in the Valley. Joining Withey Morris allows me to have more of a direct hand in the Phoenix metro area’s growth.”

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Commission upholds demolition approval for Clinton Campbell House

“It’s not a matter of subjectivity or opinion, but a matter of math,” said Adam Baugh, attorney for Glasir.

Baugh said while he appreciates the passion behind the preservation attempts, “there are obvious realities that override” the desire to restore the house. Baugh also pointed to the staff’s recommendation of the demolition despite desire to preserve historic properties.

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Breathing New Life into Old Buildings

Many shopping centers are being renovated into new spaces with new uses as a result of changing retail trends and the growth of online shopping. A creative vision and unique zoning approach are needed to be successful, notes Withey Morris PLC Owner Adam Baugh.

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How to MacGyver your infill projects through the city

Adam Baugh, a zoning and land use attorney at Withey Morris, PLC, and pioneer of infill restaurant projects across the Valley, says these projects require “a lot of MacGyvering to get them through the city.

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Top 9 Commercial Real Estate Law Firms in the Valley

“A high degree of specialization and the strength of the firm’s relationships with city staff and elected officials helps it give clients greater certainty for what can otherwise be a very unpredictable process, especially as it pertains to land use.”

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Development Summit Brings Opportunities to Table

Jason Morris provided the closings remarks at the AZBEX Phoenix Metro Development Summit on Tuesday, April 18th.

Micro markets. Advanced manufacturing. Telemedicine. Flying cars. Pop-up sports facilities. As the development community continues to grow and change, so does its vocabulary.

 

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Adaptive Reuse: Breathing New Life into Old Buildings

How to guard against common legal issues when redeveloping and restoring infill properties

One of the unexpected successes arising out of the last recession is the rebirth and renewed interest in older, historically significant buildings. In many ways, they have enjoyed a renaissance in being repurposed again. This process, known as adaptive reuse, is the tailoring of old structures for new purposes other than those initially intended. As old buildings outlive their original purposes, adaptive reuse offers a process to modify these buildings for new uses while retaining their historic features.

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How Often Does Empty Big Retail Space Transform Into Something Else?

What does a shopping center do when a big box store turns into a big empty space? Increasingly in the Valley, they’re looking for other ways to fill it, instead of replacing one massive retailer with another.

There are, of course, challenges in doing that, from finding the right fit, to making the zoning work.

Adam Baugh is a land-use and zoning attorney with the firm Withey Morris.

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AZBEX’s People on the Move

“#7. Withey Morris has promoted Adam Baugh from Partner to Owner. Baugh joined Withey Morris in 2007 as an associate attorney. His specialties include working with cities and neighborhoods on behalf of development clients to obtain zoning and land use entitlements, business approvals and liquor licenses.”

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Withey Morris PLC Promotes Adam Baugh to Owner

Withey Morris, a prominent Arizona land use law firm for nearly 20 years, promoted Adam Baugh from partner to owner. Baugh joined Withey Morris in 2007 as an associate attorney.

His specialties include working with cities and neighborhoods on behalf of development clients to obtain zoning and land use entitlements, business approvals and liquor licenses. Baugh also has unique experience working with infill development projects across the Valley.

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Rezoning allows for self, RV storage near Sam’s Club in Surprise

Following a decade of disinterest in a property just east of Sam’s Club in Surprise, its owners are close to filling it in.

On Oct. 6 the Surprise Planning and Zoning Commission approved an amendment in the planned area zoning and a site plan for 4.9 acres of Surprise Village Marketplace.

This will allow owner James Stamatis of Bell Road and 303 LLC to bring in Storage West to the parcel, if the City Council approves the changes. The interest of the self storage and RV storage followed stagnant efforts to market the site to potential office building tenants.

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The Challenge with Infill Development

It is a luxury to have a 500-acre rezone case in the middle-of-nowhere Arizona. But try getting a 7-lot subdivision approved on a 2.14-acre residential infill parcel in the middle of Phoenix and suddenly it seems like the whole world is falling apart.

That was the recent situation TruVista Homes faced for their newest development called Vista Del Paraiso planned at 43rd Street and Carol Ann Lane in Phoenix. The challenge with infill redevelopment is you’re typically developing a remnant parcel surrounded by different developments and uses on each side. So even though your site plan takes into consideration issues and conditions around you, one change benefiting an adjacent property owner may turn other adjoining neighbors against you.

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Wentworth Property/Northwood Venture Buys Scottsdale Offices In $122 Million Deal

Scottsdale – Companies formed by Wentworth Property Co. LLC in Phoenix (James Wentworth, Sr., James Wentworth, Jr., principals) and Northwood Investors in New York City, N.Y. (John Kukral, pres.) paid $122 million ($191 per foot) to acquire 638,717 sq. ft. of buildings within the Perimeter Center business park in Scottsdale. The sellers of the portfolio were five entities formed by Desert Troon Cos. in Scottsdale (Tore Diskerud,Dan Smith, partners). The buyer was represented by Jeff Wentworth, Chris Walker, Mike Beall and Sean Spellman of Cushman & Wakefield in Phoenix. Read More.

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