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Name To Know: Adam Baugh

This feature originally appeared in the Phoenix Business Journal.

When Adam Baugh, zoning attorney with Withey Morris PLC, took on a zoning case in Queen Creek for a build-to-rent community, he knew he had his work cut out for him.

Queen Creek homeowners had vehemently rejected an apartment community for that same 26-acre parcel at the northeast corner of Riggs and Ellsworth roads several years ago .

A land use market study commissioned by Queen Creek showed that the town needs to diversify its housing stock so that not all homes sit on an acre, Baugh said. Read more...

Best friends make Gilbert roads safer for cyclists

Withey Morris partner and Gilbert Chamber of Commerce board member Adam Baugh is working to make the town’s roads safer for cycling. After Adam’s friend, Evan Stubbart, was hit by a car riding his bike on Greenfield Road in Gilbert, the two decided to raise more awareness about cycling and the law which requires vehicles to give three feet of spacing to cyclists. They raised $35,000 to donate to a local non-profit (The Gilbert Parks and Recreation Foundation), and through that group, they partnered with the town of Gilbert on a bicycle safety campaign.

Watch the interview on Arizona PBS here.

New York developer invests $100M for more build-to-rent East Valley homes
This article originally appeared in the Phoenix Business Journal.
A New York-based real estate private equity fund manager and developer is investing $100 million in the Valley’s rapidly growing build-to-rent market, in which detached single-family homes are constructed in a rental community with rich amenities.

GTIS Partners LP is developing a build-to-rent community in Queen Creek, paying $7.9 million for a 26-acre parcel on April 20. Phoenix-based Sonoma Communities is co-developing that project at the northeast corner of Riggs and Ellsworth roads. Read more

2 men make Gilbert safer for bicyclists

Withey Morris partner and Gilbert Chamber of Commerce board member Adam Baugh is working to make the town’s roads safer for cycling. After Adam’s friend, Evan Stubbart, was hit by a car riding his bike on Greenfield Road in Gilbert, the two decided to raise more awareness about cycling and the law which requires vehicles to give three feet of spacing to cyclists. They raised $35,000 to donate to a local non-profit (The Gilbert Parks and Recreation Foundation), and through that group, they partnered with the town of Gilbert on a bicycle safety campaign.

The emphasis on the campaign has been awareness and education. It started with placing the attached pictured signs in the area near Evan’s bike accident and other roads in town with the most bike accidents (Gilbert Road and Guadalupe). They used the town’s accident data and Strava heat maps to determine those locations (see attached map image). Their next step is to create a digital PSA campaign, more signage, and some green painted bike lanes. Read more

Withey Morris Named Arizona’s Largest Lobbying Firm

Thank you to the Phoenix Business Journal for putting us at the top of your Lobbying / Government Relations list! Though we are fortunate to have a considerable number of clients, we continue to pride ourselves on the service and attention we give each one. Read more

Big swath of land near Loop 202 at South Mountain planned for industrial, tech uses

This article originally appeared in the Phoenix Business Journal.

A 240-acre site on the west side of the Loop 202 South Mountain freeway extension is being primed for a large-scale industrial development, which the development team said will further the city of Phoenix’s goals to have a technology corridor along the region’s newest freeway.

“The introduction of the 202 has really changed the area,” said Adam Baugh, partner at Withey Morris and zoning attorney for the project, called the Dobbins Industrial and Tech Park. “This is bringing employment and nonresidential development to that area.”

Baugh’s client, Indiana-based Scannell Properties LLC, is seeking to have a mix of uses on the property, which is located west of Loop 202 and is bisected by Dobbins Road. Uses planned for the area include light industrial, office, technology, manufacturing, and other employment uses, according to city of Phoenix documents.

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How Gilbert went from ‘nothing but jackrabbits and rattlesnakes’ to a boomtown

This article originally published in the Phoenix Business Journal.

In recent years, the town has become the place where international companies want to locate, and business and government leaders say the momentum will continue.

Over the course of three decades, the East Valley town of Gilbert went from what people then described as “nothing but jackrabbits and rattlesnakes,” to the place where international companies chose to locate and hire thousands of people.

The growth has been due in part to extensive preplanning and high standards held for the town, a panel of experts discussed at an event hosted in January by the Phoenix Business Journal.

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Archer Hotel eyes Hawkeye property

A resort developer is testing the waters to see if Sedona could someday soon be added to its list of other destinations across the nation.

Representatives from LodgeWorks Partners were on hand virtually to give a presentation and answer questions during the Tuesday, Jan. 19, Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

Their presentation on the former Hawkeye Red Rock RV Park was part of the commission’s first look at the proposed Uptown Community Focus Area.

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Jason Morris and Mike Withey Named Two of the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona for 2021

Congratulations to Jason Morris and Mike Withey for their recognition as two of the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona for 2021 by Az Business magazine!  The prestigious group is chosen by Az Business magazine’s editorial team in collaboration with industry experts. The attorneys were selected from a pool of more than 2,000 of the state’s most talented and successful attorneys. Selections are based on each lawyer’s professional success and ratings, impact on his or her law firm, impact on the communities she/he serves and impact on the legal profession.

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Can’t Leave Home Without It

This article originally appeared in the January/February 2021 issue of AZRE magazine.

CRE professionals share their must-have outdoor items.

In October, Baugh, his daughter, and some friends from the commercial real estate world did a rim-to-rim hike at the Grand Canyon, doing a hike under a full moon during the overnight portion of the excursion. Baugh said his family does it all – camping, white water rafting, riding 4×4’s and enjoys the time outdoors with regular hikes in the San Tan or Superstition Mountains or the Tonto Basin. Read more

My View: How Amazon’s final-mile delivery is changing big-box retail

This article originally appeared in the Phoenix Business Journal.

In this Phoenix Business Journal guest column, Adam Baugh looks at the impact of Amazon’s continued expansion and its potential impact on the many empty big-box retail stores that sit empty across the region, if they were to be converted into warehouse facilities for the global e-commerce giant. Read more

Jason Morris Recognized as 2021 AzBusiness Leader

Congratulations to Jason Morris for his recognition in the 2021 edition AzBusiness Leaders magazine. Read more

Special report: Already an industrial powerhouse, Goodyear longs for office development

This article originally appeared in the Phoenix Business Journal.

A heavy slant towards industrial employment may have insulated the city of Goodyear from some of the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, but West Valley advocates still hope to attract more office buildings that will allow residents to work closer to home.

Goodyear isn’t equipped to accommodate companies looking for office space right now because there is a dearth of high-quality office development in the city, Lori Gary, economic development director for the city, said.

“Looking to the future, I believe that we are going to see a lot more office come in,” said Gary, one of four panelists in a virtual real estate event hosted Oct. 27 by the Phoenix Business Journal. “We have a lot of professional workers already in Goodyear, as well as in the West Valley. We’d love for them to be able to work closer to home if they choose to do that.”

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Council approves plan for Arrowhead RV

At its Oct. 20 meeting, Peoria City Council listened to a presentation on land use and zoning by attorney Jason Morris of Withey Morris PLC, then approved a requested rezoning for his client, Arrowhead RV.

The council action followed the Peoria Planning Commission approving the rezoning of a the site at 11150 W. Beardsley Road from Suburban Ranch to the Arrowhead RV and Boat Storage Planned Area Development

Arrowhead RV & Boat Storage is on 20 acres at Beardsley Road and 112th Avenue.

In June, city council approved a general plan amendment for the former site of Linden Tree Nursery, redesignating the area employment business commerce from traditional residential, paving the way for the Arrowhead facility. Read more

Withey Morris Selected Among Best Law Firms for 2021

PHOENIX, AZ—U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers recognized Withey Morris PLC, a prominent Arizona land use and real estate law firm, in its 2021 edition of Best Law Firms. Firms receive recognition for “professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers,” according to U.S. News-Best Lawyers.

For the past decade, Withey Morris earned top tier recognition in the following practice areas:
● National – Land Use & Zoning Law
● Metropolitan Phoenix – Land Use & Zoning Law, Government Relations Practice, Real Estate Law

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Palmeraie Phase II begins Scottsdale municipal process as Paradise Valley observes

This article originally appeared in the Paradise Valley Independent.

Five Star Development has provided a sneak peek into the Palmeraie Phase II proposal — a luxury mixed-use project sitting just east of Paradise Valley town limits — that will serve as a connection between the Ritz-Carlton resort and the city of Scottsdale.

The Palmeraie Phase II includes hospitality, retail, fitness, office and various commercial spaces and open space amenities, officials say.

Palmeraie Phase II, 6990 N. Scottsdale Road, is at the southwest corner of Scotts-dale Road and Indian Bend Road totaling about 20 acres, according to the project’s application.

Within the entire Five Star Development campus, Palmeraie Phase II is in the northeast corner of the site. Immediately west of the Palmeraie is the Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley and associated developments.

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Metal supplier to grow Phoenix footprint, add employees

This article originally appeared in the Phoenix Business Journal.

An industrial metal supplier that caters to a variety of customers, from artists to hospitals, is growing its Phoenix footprint and plans more hiring to accommodate its growth.

Los Angeles-based Industrial Metal Supply recently completed a rezoning to construct a new Phoenix location that will total 133,000 square feet near 38th Street and Southern Avenue. The new location is about two miles from the company’s existing Valley facility.

Industrial Metal Supply currently employs about 80 people in Phoenix but plans to eventually add about 25 more in the expansion, Neil Sherman, owner and CEO of Industrial Metal Supply, said. The company has outgrown its existing space near the border of Tempe and Phoenix and was looking to grow capacity and employment.

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Growth Mindset

According to historians, the oldest cartographic relic is the Babylonian World Map, a 600 B.C. clay design depicting landforms and water features of the ancient world. Over 2,600 years later, Google Maps provides precise geographical context, location and detail using satellite imagery. Examine the Withey Morris Project Map using Google’s technology, and the full scale, scope and breadth of the firm’s projects immediately become apparent. “It is astonishing because unless I look at the map and see the magnitude of it, it is hard to fathom how many cases we have been involved in,” says Jason Morris, attorney and founding partner, Withey Morris. “I also feel a tremendous sense of pride.”

Thousands of colorful pins, each representing a distinct land-use project, blanket the Valley landscape and reveal why the firm is recognized as Arizona’s premier entitlement, zoning and real estate law practice. “It is a function of having the perfect combination of an amazing team coupled with outstanding clients. Our clients have been loyal to us for two decades,” says Morris. “I have zoned hospitals, rehabilitation centers and care homes. We have worked on stadiums and arenas and a variety of nonprofits. But I do not think it is any one case, so much as the totality of being able to drive down the street and appreciate Withey Morris’ huge impact on the landscape of the city.” Read more... 

Unlocking The Loop

This article originally appeared in the September/October issue of AZRE magazine.


The Loop 303 may soon be renamed Merit Partners Parkway if the developer keeps doing what it has been doing along the West Valley freeway. Merit Partners is one of the developers developing the PV 303, a 1600 acre business park that spans both sides of the 303 from Thomas Road north to Camelback Road in Goodyear. That development, at full buildout, could include more than 20 million square feet of office, industrial and retail space. Read more

Why Valley’s tribal land is a big draw for commercial development

This article originally appeared in the Phoenix Business Journal.

As opportunities for large-scale developments within the city of Scottsdale have become harder to come by, developers and builders have turned their focus east, to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, which has quickly become a destination for a slew of commercial projects. 

In the past five years, nearly 1.7 million square feet of commercial space has come online on the reservation, according Newmark Knight Frank research. That slice of the Valley is home to Salt River Fields, the spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, as well as the Great Wolf Lodge, Medieval Times restaurant and Arizona’s only White Castle burger restaurant.

Development in the corridor has nearly doubled in the past five years, and the area now encompasses about 3.5 million square feet of developed space. The reservation is directly east of Scottsdale, and is bounded by Pima Road on its western edge. Read more

Scottsdale City Council approves Stockdale Capital’s boutique apartment project

This article originally appeared in the Phoenix Business Journal.

Stockdale Capital Partners LLC, a Los Angeles-based real estate investment firm with a rapidly growing presence in metro Phoenix, has received zoning approval for a boutique apartment complex in downtown Scottsdale.

Plans call for building a $25 million, 3-story structure that would include 54 units atop a podium which covers at-grade parking on a 1.2-acre parcel on Indian School Road and Fifth Avenue, said Jason Morris, partner with Withey Morris who handled the zoning case that garnered 4-3 approval on Aug. 24. The ground floor would include 900 square feet for a small retail operator, such as a coffee or juice kiosk.

To be called Canalside, the property sits on an odd-shaped site that backs up against the canal and a Salt River Project substation, Morris said. Read more

Canalside: New residential building slips into Fifth Avenue vacant lot

A new 54-unit multifamily residential proposal received a split 4-3 vote by the City Council to provide a small pocket of housing in Old Town Scottsdale.

The tight Council vote was rendered on Aug. 24, after the project receiving unanimous recommendations from the Development Review Board and Planning Commission this summer.

Called Canalside, owners Stockdale Capital Partners, represented by Jason Morris of Withey Morris PLC, sought a zoning district map amendment for a mixed-use development consisting of 54 units of multifamily residential, and approximately 900-square-feet of non-residential open space. Read more

Lessons Learned from a Land Use Lifesaver

By Adam Baugh 

At the beginning of COVID, when the world suddenly halted in March, my children and I decided to build a bike shed. 

It was a great time bonding with my daughters, but the end product looked nothing like the fancy shed we intended. Corners weren’t square, hinges didn’t close evenly, and several wood boards were warped. I enjoyed the family time, but at the end of the day, I really wished I had hired a professional to construct it, or at least help us build it with quality plans.  

This experience reminds me of the many times I’ve been asked to rescue a zoning case from a frustrated owner/developer after they’ve tried using a “rent-a-planner” to do the work and quality of a seasoned land use attorney. While I certainly understand budget and cost efficiencies when entitling a project, like my shed experience, in most cases the client will end up spending more on the task and often obtaining inferior results. Read more... 

Apartment project proposed for downtown site

A new apartment project is planned for a vacant plot of land in downtown Scottsdale.

The project, named Canalside for its proximity to the Arizona Canal, is scheduled to go before to the City Council for approval on August 24.

According to plans filed with the city, Canalside will include 54 apartment units in a 50-foot building and around 900 square feet of retail space on the 1.17-acre site, which is wedged between Indian School and the Canal just east of 68th Street. Read more

Expansion at Picacho Peak RV Resort aims to bring in more winter visitors, long-term residents

PICACHO — Nestled in the shadow of Picacho Peak, an area recreational vehicle and manufactured home park is poised to nearly double in size with the addition of new upscale residences, larger sites and more amenities. Read more….

Every Withey Morris Land Use and Zoning Attorney Honored by Best Lawyers in America®2021

From “Ones To Watch” to “Lawyer of The Year,” Arizona’s Top Land Use Law and Real Estate Law Firm Bestowed With Top Honors

PHOENIX, AZ – Best Lawyers in America® 2021 recognized every land use and zoning attorney from Withey Morris PLC, a prominent Arizona land use and real estate law firm for more than 20 years. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected lawyer ranking service in the world. William Allison, Adam Baugh, Jason Morris, Benjamin Tate and Michael Withey were among the best lawyers in land use and zoning, with Michael Withey receiving the honorable “Lawyer of the Year” recognition for this practice.

The awards recognize attorneys with the highest level of confidential peer feedback in specific practice areas and geographic region. Read more

Merit Partners buys land for $1.5 billion Glendale industrial park

A Phoenix-based developer instrumental in the Red Bull and White Claw facilities being built in the West Valley has closed on a 614-acre parcel of land in Glendale that will be the site of a $1.5 billion logistics park development. 

The parcel at the southwest corner of Bethany Home Road and Loop 303 is part of the 864-acre Allen Ranches property and sold for $70.5 million. The industrial portion of the development will be called Camelback 303. Read more

Construction work underway at Papago Plaza redevelopment in Scottsdale

This article originally appeared in the Phoenix Business Journal.

Construction work has begun at Papago Plaza, a redevelopment project near McDowell and Scottsdale roads in south Scottsdale.

Final grading is being done onsite for installation of electrical and water lines. Pivot Development, which is developing the hotel, restaurant and retail space at Papago Plaza, began razing the former shopping center in late 2019. Read more… 

Maricopa County approves redevelopment of former Falcon Golf Club for FedEx site

This article originally appeared in the Phoenix Business Journal

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to approve a controversial development on the former Falcon Golf Club.

The project will be a cross-dock truck facility for FedEx, according to public documents. Plans submitted to the county call for two phases of development. The development’s first phase is planned to be on the property’s north portion, comprising 79 acres of land at Camelback Road and 152nd Avenue.

Plans include a 245,730-square-foot footprint, including the cross-dock facility and support buildings, as well as 683 employee parking spaces and about 1,500 parking spaces for trucks, vans and trailers. Read more...

Multifamily Develop. Proposed Near Metrocenter Mall

MK Company Inc., recently submitted plans to the City of Phoenix for a new multifamily development, known as Metro Lofts, at the NEC of Dunlap and 29th Avenues. 

The site is located on approximately 7.32 acres at 9201 N. 29th Avenue, and is immediately adjacent to the Arizona Canal, “which is envisioned as a regional amenity and transportation route for bicyclists and pedestrians,” according to the project documents. It is also near a future light rail station, Metrocenter Mall and a water treatment facility. Read more

Goodyear OKs Vita at El Cidro Rezoning

The Goodyear City Council recently approved a rezoning of approximately 27 acres at the NEC of Cotton Lane and Elwood Street at its August 19th meeting, for the development of a new multifamily community.

Applicant, Withey Morris, PLC, on behalf of developer, Vita Communities, requested to amend the El Cidro Planned Area Development on that property from Low-Medium Density Residential to Multi-Family Residential. Goodyear’s Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the rezone at its August 7th meeting before moving it to City Council. Read more…

Residences at Phoenix Country Club
$85 Million Development Made Possible By Building Trust

This article originally appeared in AZRE magazine.

Jason Morris established himself and the law firm that he co-founded as one of the top land use, real estate and zoning minds in the Valley. Withey Morris PLC may be one of the more highly-respected firms that developers turn to when they need help getting approval for a project, but for Jason Morris, how he goes about his job is similar to what he did when he was putting himself through college, selling shirts and ties at Nordstrom’s. Read more….

Glendale annexes 865 acres, approves controversial housing development

Glendale annexed the 865-acre Allen Ranches property this week, the city’s second-largest addition in 25 years, and approved a controversial housing development within it.

Southwest Valley residents who opposed increasing the allowed density on the 250-acre housing development within Allen Ranches won a victory earlier this month when the Glendale Planning Commission rejected the developer’s request for increased housing density. That victory was short-lived, however, as the Planning Commission’s action on the density change is only a suggestion to City Council, which has final say. Council disagreed with the Planning Commission and voted unanimously approved an increase from a maximum of 2.5 homes per acre to 3.5 homes per acre. The developer can now build the 760 homes it had planned instead of the 625-home maximum it would have been reduced to under the Planning Commission’s recommendation. Read more

Idaho developer has eye on downtown Phoenix land for multifamily project

Boise, Idaho-based Hawkins Cos. is in the midst of rezoning a downtown Phoenix parcel that will pay tribute to Lincoln Ragsdale, a prominent Phoenix civil rights leader and previous owner of the site. Plans call for building a five-story multifamily property with ground floor retail at the northwest corner of Washington and 12th streets that will be named The Ragsdale.

Hawkins is in escrow to purchase the 2.9-acre parcel as the company works its way through the rezoning process, said Jason Morris, a partner for Withey Morris PLC and zoning attorney for the project. He said he expects escrow to close contingent upon entitlements. Read more

Arizona Lawyers Confront The COVID Landscape

Adam Baugh:  We’ve been quick to pivot. All public city meetings have been cancelled. Not just public hearings (Planning & Zoning, City Council, and neighbor meetings) but even ongoing, daily staff meetings where we resolve site plan and land use issues by working with staff.  Face-to-face neighbor outreach is paused which makes it difficult to resolve potential concerns. The list goes on. But development must go, and we have found ways to adapt and be resilient. Virtual neighbor meetings are one method, conference calls with staff, Webex meetings with staff, online submittals, virtual inspections, virtual site tours, online plan review, and more. We’ve found ways to advance cases even when the municipal buildings are closed to the public.  Read more

Attorney: Phoenix development deadline extensions add flexibility amid pandemic

The city of Phoenix and several other governmental agencies around the country have extended development deadlines to give developers and businesses increased flexibility during the pandemic. Here’s how the new guidelines break down, from construction permits and plan reviews to preliminary plats. Read more

Residences at Phoenix Country Club
Sunbelt Holdings gets nod on Phoenix Country Club condos

A controversial condominium tower four years in the making has received unanimous approval from the Phoenix City Council.

At a virtual zoning hearing that lasted about two hours on May 6, Council gave the green light to Scottsdale-based Sunbelt Holdings Inc. to build an $85 million condominium on what currently is a parking lot at Phoenix Country Club at the northeast corner of Seventh Street and Thomas Road.

Over the past four years, the project has had seven public hearings and roughly 20 private neighborhood meetings, said Jason Morris, a partner for Withey Morris PLC and zoning attorney representing Sunbelt Holdings on the case. Read more

Attorneys: Downturn amid Covid-19 may be good time to rezone property

While many investors and developers are waiting out the pandemic before making any major business decisions, some Valley lawyers said now might be the best time for property owners to look at increasing the value of their land, either through rezoning to a more valuable use or taking a look at existing entitlements. “There were a lot of lessons that came out of the recession,” said Adam Baugh, partner at Withey Morris PLC, a Vally firm that specializes in land use cases. “Those who saw opportunities in chaos; those who were willing to find value or opportunity in tough situations were very successful.” Read more

Withey Morris PLC And Three Attorneys Recognized Among The Best By Chambers USA 2020

PHOENIX, AZ – Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business recognized prominent Arizona land use law firm Withey Morris PLC, among the best firms in Arizona, along with three individual attorneys. William F. Allison, Jason B. Morris and Michael B. Withey were among the top lawyers in Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use practices. Chambers USA, considered the most trusted worldwide law resource guide, ranks the top lawyers and law firms across all the United States of America. Rankings are the result of thousands of in-depth interviews by the largest research team of its kind that is trusted across the globe to objectively rank the world’s best lawyers and law firms. Read more

Virtual Neighborhood Meeting Provides Glimpse Into Future Business Practices

COVID-19 has altered all of our businesses and daily lives. Because of this impact, it’s vital to stay nimble and adaptive when considering new norms – and look for opportunities to improve your business practices.

One prime example is our approach to conducting neighbor meetings. Our firm, Withey Morris PLC, a land use and zoning law firm, recently held a virtual meeting with neighbors to discuss a proposed luxury multi-family project. Typically, a neighborhood meeting would involve inviting nearby residents to a local church or school to address any concerns about the project. In this instance, we instead sent nearby residents a GoToMeeting link and they took part in the meeting without leaving their homes. During the meeting, we introduced ourselves, showed exhibits on their screens and answered questions from neighbors via the chat section. Read more

Michael Withey and Jason Morris Recognized as Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona

Michael Withey and Jason Morris, founding partners of prominent Phoenix land use and zoning firm Withey Morris, were named two of Arizona’s 2020 Top 100 lawyers by AZ Business magazine. Withey Morris is the only firm with two land use attorneys with this prestigious honor. Attorneys were selected from a pool of more than 2,000 of the state’s most successful attorneys and vetted based on professional success, ratings and impact on their law firms, communities and the legal profession. Read more

Cruising Central — Then & Now

If you grew up in Phoenix, you’re likely familiar with the cultural activity of cruising Central Avenue. For decades before the advent of social media, teen entertainment in the Valley often turned to motoring along Central. It was a way to meet other teenagers and find out where the parties were. It was a place to see and be seen and show off your wheels, even if it required spending the night driving up and down the same road. The iconic Park Central Mall, Phoenix’s first shopping mall, was a focal point on the strip given its large parking lot, which offered ample opportunity for hanging out. Read more….

Luxury apartments in midtown Phoenix get zoning clearance

One of the largest national multifamily developers is in escrow to buy a run-down hotel on Camelback Road and Fifth Avenue in midtown Phoenix, with plans to raze the vacant structure to build luxury apartments.

Alliance Residential Co. received zoning approval to raze Hotel 502 at 502 W. Camelback Road, to build a 280-unit luxury apartment community.

The Phoenix-based developer hired Withey Morris PLC to handle its zoning case. Read more….

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Withey Morris PLC Welcomes Planner Stephanie Watney

Phoenix, AZ – Withey Morris, a prominent Arizona land use law firm for more than 20 years, brought on planner Stephanie Watney from the City of Chandler.

Stephanie specializes in land use and site development. She provides entitlement and development services to the firm’s clients ranging from initial due diligence and site evaluation to full entitlement processing including rezonings, stipulation modifications, use permits and variances.

“We’re excited to welcome Stephanie and are very impressed with her extensive knowledge and talent,” said Adam Baugh, partner. “Her creativity and the breadth of land use and site development experience she brings from both the public and private sectors makes her a valuable member of our team.” Read more….

Revamped former Phoenix office space signs on 9 women-owned retail businesses

Chantell Nighswonger has operated her boutique, Vida Moulin, at 16th Street and Bethany Home Road for about four years, but as rents in the area began to rise, she and her husband, Kevin Cieszkowski, decided to move the boutique into a building they could own.

“I started reaching out to friends, and thought, ‘Why not make it something a little bigger?’” Nighswonger said.

They bought an old office complex on Missouri Avenue near 12th Street for $1.25 million and got rezoning approval from the city of Phoenix in September to turn the complex into a retail and restaurant complex, called the Frederick. The building included courtyard space for outdoor uses and ample parking, which Nighswonger said was an important feature. Read more...

City leaders OK innovative rental-house development

Leaders in one West Valley community seeded ground for an innovative residential development, which some hope — and others fear — will bring much-needed affordable housing.

But the project’s potential impact proved a point of contention, with some residents claiming the project will attract poor people and crime and drive down their property properties.

Developers of the complex, known as Vita at Greer Ranch, seek to build 149 standalone and duplex rental units on 10 acres at the northeast corner of Cactus and Reems roads in Surprise. Read more

Withey Morris PLC Welcomes Planner Hannah Bleam

Phoenix, Arizona – ​Withey Morris​, a prominent Arizona land use law firm for more than 20 years, brought on planner ​Hannah Bleam​, AICP from the City of Phoenix.

Hannah is a planner specializing in land use, site development, community outreach, and entitlements. Her unique experience in both the public and nonprofit sectors have provided her with a skill set equipped to handle all aspects of the land use and development process.

“Hannah possesses specialized knowledge that continues to differentiate Withey Morris and we’re excited not only about the talent and creativity she brings from her time as a village planner, but also her multifaceted experience in land use,” said ​Adam Baugh​, partner. Read more

Demolition underway at Papago Plaza, redevelopment on Scottsdale site includes hotel, residential components

Pivot Development ceremonially broke ground Thursday morning at Papago Plaza in south Scottsdale for a site that eventually will be developed into a mixed-use project worth more than $100 million. Read more

Jason Morris named one of Arizona’s business leaders and innovators

Jason Morris named one of Arizona’s business leaders and innovators in AZBusiness Magazine. Read the issue.