Tag Archives: development

June 4, 2021

For months, residents of a historic Phoenix neighborhood have been fighting an out-of-state developer over an apartment project. On Wednesday, the City Council voted on the proposal along the Grand Canal in the central city. Phoenix calls it the Grand Canalscape, a 12-mile system for people to safely walk, run and bike. It’s a source

May 12, 2021

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

May 12, 2021

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

March 16, 2021

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

March 1, 2021

The Murphy is a planned commercial development in Gilbert designed with the nearby railroad tracks in mind. It’s name pays homage to the man who built the tracks through town. The Murphy consists of a retail complex and focal point of the neighborhood and a gathering place for the community to shop and dine. It

October 3, 2020

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,

September 15, 2020

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

September 11, 2020

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

September 8, 2020

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

August 27, 2020

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

August 21, 2020

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….

July 29, 2020

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

July 23, 2020

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

July 21, 2020

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

July 15, 2020

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

June 25, 2020

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

June 25, 2020

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…

April 14, 2020

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

February 20, 2020

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

December 6, 2019

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…

November 21, 2019

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

November 21, 2019

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

September 19, 2019

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…

August 1, 2019

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…

July 22, 2019

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…

July 5, 2019

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.

July 3, 2019

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…

June 13, 2019

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…

June 11, 2019

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…

May 10, 2019

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

May 8, 2019

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…

May 8, 2019

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

May 8, 2019

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

January 15, 2019

A relic of the Cold-war era, the National Guard Armory building was constructed in the early ‘60’s just west of downtown Phoenix.  The roughly 38,000 sqft building housed everything from a drill hall and rifle range to a library and “chow hall,” while the roughly 5-acre site parked military vehicles and equipment.  When the Department

December 31, 2018

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

December 31, 2018

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

July 25, 2018

A hotel, grocery store and residential development are all in the mix to replace the vacant Papago Plaza on McDowell and Scottsdale roads. Preliminary plans include a 116-room hotel and 247-unit apartment complex. Restaurant and retail pads will front Scottsdale Road. The existing Wells Fargo bank on the corner of Scottsdale and McDowell is not

May 17, 2018

Political and economic uncertainty has defined the past year.  With Arizona’s economy showing signs of growth amid low inflation, it seems like a crane casts a shadow over every intersection in downtown Phoenix.  But we are still dealing with an evolving and distressed retail segment and most pencil-pushers are still struggling to understand the implications of

May 2, 2018

An army of red shirts, slogan pin buttons, protest signs and opposition websites. These efforts describe the recent increase in opposition to infill redevelopment, rezoning and community planning. Neighborhood outreach and citizen involvement is a bedrock principle in the development process. By ordinance, local jurisdictions require developers to notify and meet with neighbors for a