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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.

Nation’s largest homebuilder in escrow to buy key chunk of East Valley land

Miami-based Lennar Corp. (NYSE: LEN) is in escrow to buy one of the last remaining large parcels of land in Gilbert.

The deal to acquire 90 acres is expected to close within the next couple of weeks, said Ed Grant, executive vice president of Scottsdale Investment Management, who is selling the land to the nation’s largest homebuilder. Read more

Planned East Valley commercial project embraces city’s railroad history

A planned commercial development in Gilbert is designed with nearby railroad tracks in mind and was named to pay homage to the man who built the tracks through town.

“This is a really small, weird-shaped property, and these properties get looked over time and time again,” said Adam Baugh, an attorney with Withey Morris who is representing Moulin Group, the parcel’s developer. “My client wanted to something creative and flip the script on what the retail place looks like.” Read more...

Withey Morris selected among Best Law Firms

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers recognized Withey Morris PLC, a prominent Arizona land use law firm, in its 2020 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. Read more

Jason Morris, Fall Forum 2019 Moderator

This year’s Fall Forum issue is one of Commercial Executive Magazine’s most powerful issues to date. Read about the incredible Arizona icons on our cover and how they have fostered change to create a bigger, better, booming Arizona. Featuring: Larry Van Tuyl, Dr. Michael Crow, Karrin Taylor Robson, Erik Olsson, and moderator Jason Morris. Read more...

Long-dormant land now zoned for homes

After the site failed to attract commercial interest, the Gilbert Town Council approved a Scottsdale real estate group’s request to rezone part of 125 acres at the northeast corner of Warner and Recker roads for homes. Read more

The Pitfalls of Purchasing “Due Diligence in a Box”

There is a phrase everybody knows: Buyer Beware. Ironically, one of the fatal mistakes a developer can make is purchasing an online zoning summary report (ZR) from a national vendor and assume that covers the breadth and depth of a site’s zoning entitlements and issues. Read more

2 high-profile Scottsdale buildings to face the wrecking ball this fall

Two well-known Scottsdale buildings will face the wrecking ball this fall.

Papago Plaza is the city’s oldest shopping center. The pink Pueblo-inspired plaza near McDowell and Scottsdale roads is expected to soon come down. A demolition permit from the city is pending staff approval, according to the city. Read more

Four Withey Morris Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America®2020

Best Lawyers in America® 2020 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. Read more

Stockdale pursuit of Scottsdale Marquee development squeaks by City Council Stockdale pursuit of Scottsdale Marquee development squeaks by City Council

Class A — all the way.

Scottsdale City Council Tuesday, Aug. 27 approved — by a 4-3 margin — a zoning district map amendment, a document titled, “Marquee Development Plan” and a subsequent development agreement for property at 4419 N. Scottsdale Road. Read more

Four Withey Morris Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America®2020

Best Lawyers in America® 2020 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. Read more

Industry Professionals

Best Lawyers in America® 2020 recognized four attorneys from ​Withey Morris PLC​, a prominent Arizona land use law firm for more than 20 years. The lawyers are:

  • 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
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Four Withey Morris Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America® 2020

Best Lawyers in America® 2020 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. Read more

Scottsdale Approves Contentious 150-Foot-Tall Office Building in Old Town

It’s been called a monster. It’s been called the Titanic.

Others say its controversial design is worth the opportunity to give major companies a downtown office address. Read more

Four Withey Morris Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2020

Best Lawyers in America 2020 recognized four attorneys from Withey Morris PLC, a prominent Arizona land use law firm for more than 20 years. Read more

Four Withey Morris lawyers receive prestigious Best Lawyers honor for 2020