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What’s Trending In Infill Development?

Infill development is currently experiencing a renaissance in the Valley and in metropolitan areas across the U.S. There is no single cause for this. Instead, it is a confluence of economic factors, lifestyle trends, and significant changes in transportation technology and infrastructure. Since the Great Recession in 2008, the trend toward suburban sprawl and new development on the fringes of the Valley has dramatically reversed. Read more….

Mixed-use project with six towers proposed near Steele Indian School Park
Project includes office, hotel, residential, senior living and retail components

A planned 2.3 million-square-foot mixed-use project could serve as the next entryway to Steele Indian School Park near Central Avenue, developers hope. Read more

What it took for this homebuilder to negotiate an $80M land deal to build in north Phoenix

Sometimes it takes a different strategy to convince homeowners that your project will be a good fit in their neighborhood.

On March 26, D.R. Horton Inc. paid $80 million for 122 acres from the Marley family, according to Vizzda real estate database. Plans call for building 706 homes ranging between 1,800 and 3,500 square feet on the property. Read more

Papago Plaza redevelopment to begin this summer after design tweaks

After receiving approval from the Scottsdale City Council to raze and redevelop the vacant Papago Plaza, to be known as Papago Marketplace, developers are headed back to the design review board after adjusting plans to reflect feedback from neighbors.

“We were able to establish a really positive dialogue with the neighborhood leadership and incorporate their direction and desires,” said Jason Morris, an attorney with Withey Morris working on the case. Read more

Jason Morris Named One of Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona for 2019

If you’re wondering what it takes to be one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona, experts say you might want to start subscribing to the “it takes a village” philosophy. Read more… 

Lawyer Jason Barclay Morris Showcases Professionalism With A Pop of Pizzaz

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Legal Trends to Watch in 2019

Arizona Business Magazine’s annual outlook issue included insight from our own Adam Baugh on what’s ahead for land use entitlements. Read more

Avoid Common Zoning Headaches

Work with a professional to head off problems that can derail projects, says BUILDER blogger Adam Baugh.

I recently took a call from a property owner furious about a city violation notice. For three years they have operated a contractor’s supply and inventory yard without a complaint until receiving a recent violation notice for operating an industrial use in a prohibited zoning district.

A home builder client was in the last days of closing when they discovered a Vehicular Non-Access Easement (VNAE) prevents them from accessing the adjacent arterial street, forcing them to either forfeit their earnest money or purchase the site and solve the problem later. Read more

Industrial project could be spark for Glendale development

Lincoln Property Co. has plans for a 1.2 million-square-foot build-to-suit industrial project in west Glendale. Read more

Papago Plaza rebirth seeks to be keystone to south Scottsdale revitalization

A development lauded to transform the defunct 1960s Papago Plaza in south Scottsdale has unanimously passed Scottsdale City Council. Read more

Working With Nonprofits To Expand And Improve

We weren’t aware of the extent of the services at Neighborhood Ministries, a community organization providing outreach and empowerment programs. One of our clients fortunately introduced us to Neighborhood Ministries. We took a tour.

It’s hard to take a tour of their property and see what they’re doing and not get incredibly excited and buy in,” Jason Morris said.

On a pro bono basis, Withey Morris has been working on a project for Neighborhood Ministries for about a year. The City of Phoenix’s Historic Preservation office allowed Neighborhood Ministries to proceed with a project that will provide a much-needed Head Start program. Read more… 

Neighbors riled by church’s plan to sell land to home builder

A church’s plan to sell land to a developer to build 52 single-family homes has residents from the three surrounding neighborhoods up in arms.

The 11-acres of infill property is located on the south side of Madera Parc Drive, east of Cooper Road, next to the First United Methodist Church. Read more

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Az Business Magazine Names Jason Morris Leader in Construction Law

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Foreclosure of Tax Liens: An Underutilized Tool for Arizona Real Estate Investment

Tax liens on property in the Phoenix area and throughout Arizona offer the potential for guaranteed return and a low-risk windfall for investors who understand the legal requirements. Read more

Art studios, creative space planned for Cold War-era armory in Phoenix
Plans include eventually adding live/work space for artists

A Cold War-era armory on Roosevelt Street near Grand Avenue could get a second life as a home for skilled craftworkers and artists.

The building was state-owned before Jay Visconti of California-based Northwood Properties bought it with the intent to adaptively reuse the space. The price was not disclosed.

“This is exactly what I’ve been doing for the past 20 years,” Visconti said. “We take buildings that are past their useful life and come up with an adaptive reuse for them.” Read more

Fido gets way over dog spa neighbors’ objections

A doggy daycare for Fido to play, socialize and even spend the night is expected to open at Gilbert Fiesta shopping center sometime in October or November.

Franchise owner and Gilbert resident Tina Edenfield got the green light for Dogtopia last week from Town Council, which voted 6-1 to uphold the Planning Commission’s granting of a conditional use permit.

Councilman Jordan Ray filed an appeal of that June decision after he received a letter from homeowners to the east concerned with potential noise from barking dogs. Read more

Potential Uses Guide Paradise Valley Lincoln Medical Plaza Redevelopment Talks

Paradise Valley Town Council Thursday, June 14 is expected to issue marching orders to its Planning Commission putting in to motion the redevelopment of the Lincoln Medical Plaza.

Known at Town Hall as a Statement of Direction, the document will give the Paradise Valley Planning Commission guidelines of scrutiny for the pending medical facility overhaul, which includes a complete demolition of the existing site. Read more…

Four Withey Morris Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers in America

 

Best Lawyers in America® 2019 recognized four attorneys from Withey Morris PLC, a prominent Arizona land use law firm for more than 20 years. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected lawyer ranking service in the world. The awards recognize attorneys with the highest level of confidential peer feedback in specific practice areas and geographic region.

The 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in America includes the following Withey Morris attorneys and practices:

  • William F. Allison – Government Relations Practice and Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Adam Baugh – Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Jason B. Morris – Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Michael B. Withey – Land Use and Zoning Law and Real Estate Law
The Mall Decade

Nothing screams “the 1980s” like the Valley’s bygone shopping mall heyday. We go nostalgia-shopping at Chris-Town, Metro Center and other titans of ’80s retail.

It was the fashionable way to spend a Saturday afternoon for Valley kids back in the 1980s – eating bottomless bowls of whipped-cream-topped, chocolate syrup-drizzled sundaes at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour. But for then-12-year-old actor Frazier Bain, who was about to be immortalized as the bratty younger brother in the cult classic i, it was sheer torture.

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