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$1B development could revive midtown Phoenix, Steele Indian School Park

Six high-rise towers may soon replace a long-vacant plot of land at the northeast corner of Indian School Road and Central Avenue in Phoenix — a project that supporters call a first of its kind in Arizona. Read more

Despite parking concerns, high office building gets OK

A proposed 150-foot downtown office building surpassed a major hurdle on July 10 when it received thumbs up from the Scottsdale Planning Commission. Read more

‘Game Changer’ Project Near Phoenix Steele Indian School Park

Big changes are coming to a key intersection in Phoenix. On Wednesday, the City Council approved a zoning change for the northeast corner of Central Avenue and Indian School Road.

A developer plans to build six towers on the privately owned land near Steele Indian School Park, which includes three historic Phoenix Indian School buildings. The project is in Councilwoman Laura Pastor’s district. Read more

Paradise Valley offers consensus on roadway improvements leading to, shaping resort development

Following years of deliberations, it appears Paradise Valley Town Council has closed upon a consensus of how Indian Bend Road and Lincoln Drive improvements will unfold in coming months. Read more
Developer seeks taller Galleria office building

Longstanding plans to build a new office building next to the Galleria Corporate Centre are set to go back before the City Council as the property owner seeks to add additional height to the proposed project. Read more

Arizona Christian to bring housing boom around Glendale’s Thunderbird campus

As it takes over the campus formerly of the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona Christian University plans to transform the campus from a commuter school to an on-campus living environment. New housing developments are also planned for the 85 acres of vacant land neighboring the campus. Read more

Developer Looking to Fill Void of Restaurant and Entertainment Options in North Valley Area

Looking to fill a void for residents in the far reaches of the North Black Canyon Corridor wanting restaurant and entertainment options in the area, Scott McGill of MCG Commercial in Phoenix is working to entitle and purchase land for a mixed-use project. Read more

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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