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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.

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.


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.

EXCLUSIVE: Tempe Town Lake’s first hotel to open next month

Tempe Town Lake will have its first hotel next month.

The AC Hotel Phoenix Tempe/Downtown is set to open in May at 100 E. Rio Salado Parkway.

The plans for the hotel were first proposed to the Tempe Commission Review Board in July of 2014 by Marriott, Woodbine Development and Whithey Morris Law Firm. Read More.

Uptown Phoenix’s Stock & Stable is opening in June

Stock & Stable gastropub in uptown Phoenix now has an opening date.

The new concept, with Joe Absolor and Jared Porter taking on the roles of chefs and co-owners, is opening at The Colony off Seventh Street and Missouri Avenue on Friday, June 3. Absolor used to be at Clever Koi, while Porter still is involved with the midtown eatery.  Read more

Downtown Phoenix may (finally) get a grocery store

“This just made it a lot easier to move to downtown Phoenix,” Mayor Greg Stanton said in a statement. “A new full-service grocery store will be a catalyst for more residential and neighborhood growth downtown for years to come.”

RED Development and Fry’s said they will share more details in the coming months.

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How Phoenix residents dumped Donald Trump’s hotel plans

At the end of the meeting at the Arizona Biltmore, the developer Donald Trump asked for the room to be cleared of everyone except for himself and Mayor Phil Gordon.  It was March 2004. Trump had announced plans months before to erect a Trump-branded high-rise hotel and condominium tower in the ritzy corridor near 24th Street and Camelback Road. And, as Gordon recalled it, he went in for the hard sell.

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Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley

Five Star Development, in cooperation with the Ritz-Carlton group of hotels, has received approval from the Town of Paradise Valley to build the Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley and supporting residential and retail development on a 105-acre property northeast of the corner of Lincoln and Mockingbird Drive. The project boasts some exciting features that will help ensure it becomes one of the crown jewels of Paradise Valley and the Valley of the Sun.

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The Ritz-Carlton Announces Paradise Valley Hotel

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. and Five Star Development Resort Communities, LLC have signed an agreement for the development of a new resort and residences in Paradise Valley near Scottsdale, Arizona. “Paradise Valley in Arizona will be a great new destination for our brand in the Americas,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer for The Ritz-Carlton. “We are pleased to be working with Five Star Development to create this unique desert resort for sophisticated travelers from around the world,” he continued. The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley will be the centerpiece of one of the largest new master-planned communities featuring both a resort hotel and residences in close to a decade.

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