The Dealmaker: 4/4/2019

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Take a behind-the-scenes tour through the newly redeveloped Park Central Mall. Open-air office patios, floating signage, fire pit and splash pad, plus spec suites designed with ping-pong possibilities in mind. Those are just a few of the 25 eye-catching highlights featured in this PBJ slideshow-report on the Park Central redev. (Subscriber Content).

Luxury townhomes will replace former Tempe Mobile Home Park.“Treehouse Group is collaborating with… Porchlight Homes to build 80 two-story attached townhomes on the more than five-acre property on the [SW] corner of Smith Road and University.” AZCentral is on “The Level.” ->

Sun City HOA funds fuel CC&R review. “CC&R changes were prompted last year when residents complained about large detached garages being built in multiple neighborhoods.” However, getting “at least 51 percent of about 17,500 property owners to approve the changes”? Not gonna be easy. YourValley.

Apache Junction strengthens maintenance standards. “The revisions follow a consistent effort by the city to focus on improving the beauty of the city, enhancing property values and addressing health concerns in the community.” In other words, no more junky cars parked in weed-filled front yards, like what’s shown in the pic that kick-starts this AJ News article.

With Costco in the works, here’s what could be next for Surprise. “For restaurants, residents say they want a Dillon’s BBQ, Smash Burger and El Pollo Loco. For stores, they want a Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts and Whole Foods… The plan now is to turn these top requests into reality.” AZCentral.

Light rail extension debate rages on. At a community meeting on Tuesday, “Valley Metro CEO and former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith explained the details of the light rail extension, its future and the controversial ballot measure that might put a stop to all of it.” And things got a wee bit testy. Downtown Devil.

Eloy City Hall ceremony was a hit. Eloy Mayor Joel Belloc: “Not many mayors get to dedicate a new City Hall during their term of office, so this is a special day for me.” Coverage of Friday’s dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony — including a 44-pic SLIDESHOW — in Eloy Enterprise

Rec improvements on the way as county takes management of Vulture Mountains. A lease agreement between Maricopa County and BLM “will allow for the construction and operation of recreation facilities, including an entry station, parking, picnic and campground facilities, nature playground, restrooms, ramadas, trailheads and trails, a nature center, an amphitheater” and more. TheWickenburg Sun.

Bills in Congress would implement drought plan in West. “Sen. Martha McSally and Rep. Raul Grijalva introduced identical bills Tuesday and vowed to move them quickly through the chambers. Lawmakers from Colorado River basin states signed on as co-sponsors.” PinalCentral.

NIMBYs argue new housing supply doesn’t make cities affordable. They’re wrong. Reason slaps down that misguided NIMBY mindset with the help of a “stunning rebuke” from the WSJ and its “profile on the one city that demonstrates free market housing policies can really work: Tokyo.” 

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You elected them to write new laws. They’re letting corporations do it instead. “A two-year investigation by USA TODAY, The Arizona Republic and the Center for Public Integrity reveals for the first time the extent to which special interests have infiltrated state legislatures using model legislation.” 

Jeff Flake further reveals threats from Trump supporters. “[T]hreats where they list my kids and their addresses, links to beheading videos,” says former Sen. Jeff Flake in this interview with The Guardian

Reps. Andy Biggs, Debbie Lesko oppose releasing full Mueller report to Congress. -> “[They] joined other GOP members on the House Judiciary Committee in voting against the subpoena, which still passed 24-17 with Democratic support, including from Rep. Greg Stanton.” AZCentral.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says he would support border closure after meeting with Trump. “Ducey again called trade with Mexico ‘incredibly important’ after his Wednesday discussion with Trump. ‘But, border security comes first,’ he told reporters.” AZCentral.

‘Scandal must no longer plague our Legislature.’ “More than a year has passed since state legislative leaders promised a code of conduct for its members, but the House Ethics Committee still has not produced a code or a policy on sexual harassment.” On Wednesday, however, the House took a step toward keeping that promise. Cronkite News.

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