The Dealmaker: 9/3/2019

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What did you do yesterday? Carter Unger, president of Spring Creek Development and National Western Capitol Corp. Last Thursday was huge for Carter Unger, as Scottsdale Planning Commission approved SouthBridge 2.0. In RLGR, Carter eases us back into the post-Labor Day grind with some behind-the-scenes, hour-by-hour highlights from that very long but pivotal workday.

Pinal municipal managers give updates on progress, challenges. The gathering at Friday’s Pinal Partnership featured muni managers Bryant Powell (AJ), Larry Rains (CG), Rick Miller (Coolidge), Harvey Krauss (Eloy), Brent Billingsley(Florence), Rick Horst (Maricopa) and John Kross (QC). Rose Law Group Founder and President Jordan Rose moderated. MaricopaMonitor has the recap.

[OPINION] Alliance Metals is not the enemy. We’ll make La Paz County better. Alliance Metals Vice President Loren Barton fact-checks a recent Republicarticle on the company plans for a manufacturing plant that “will bring jobs, economic activity and needed local tax revenue to an empty parcel in between two small rural towns.”

Biltmore homeowners suing over development of golf course. Two lawsuits have been filed over plans to turn the historic Adobe golf course into “a venue for weddings, corporate meetings, kickball tournaments, drone light shows and other events.” AZCentral (Subscriber Content).

It’s hoops heaven at this Scottsdale family’s dream home. “The Hardt family opens their 25,000 square-foot main house to players from around the world to stay with them and train.” They also opened it up to AZCentral for this “Cool Home” report and 31-image SLIDESHOW. ->

Here’s the priciest home listed in downtown Phoenix’s Roosevelt neighborhood. While this 3,162-square-footer may not offer the luxurious spaciousness or subterranean hoopage like the Hardt’s  home does, it can boast something the Hardt’s home cant: It was built by “Phoenix’s first civil engineer.” Check it out the 25-pic SLIDESHOW at AZCentral.

As Goodyear’s population grows, homebuilders are following suit.Chamber Business News looks at population growth and permitting activity in Goodyear, with input from Mayor Georgia Lord and a spotlight on the 20,000-acre Estrella MPC.

Tariff-friendly industrial project coming to Goodyear. FCP and BDC have broken ground on VB/143, “a two-building, Class A industrial project” located “within Goodyear Gateway South.” As noted in AZRE, the project “comes at a time when many companies are re-evaluating their business plans to accommodate for unforeseen trade policy shifts.”

ViaWest Group breaks ground on spec industrial project in Chandler.“ViaWest Group kicked off construction on two spec industrial buildings located at the SWC of Willis Road and Hamilton in the Chandler Airport submarket, totaling 140,372 SF.” AZRE.

Zoning change proposed for Camelback Road parcel. What’s up with Barclay Group wanting Glendale to change the zoning on the property from a shopping center designation to general commercial? Reporter Mike Sunnucks fills us in.RLGR.

HonorHealth submits design, parking plans for Neuroscience Institute. Fresh design plans have been submitted for the medical office building at HonorHealth’s Osborn Medical Center in downtown Scottsdale. Full details available via Mike Sunnucks’ report in RLGR

ASU study puts new light on Westworld. The study by Seidman Institute “suggests that Westworld is a financial boon for the city despite its revenue history.” Scottsdale Progress.

Flag City Manager Greg Clifton marks first week on the job. Daily Sunchecks in with Craig Clifton, the former muni manager of Vail and Telluride, on some of the challenges he now faces in Flag — not the least of which is housing affordability.

Bellemont 20-year plan nearing completion. “Unlike the previous plan, which focused less on residency because there were only three occupied dwellings at the time, residential developments now play a key role.” Daily Sun.

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Taking stock: APS’s election spending meant millions for its CEO. AZ Mirror looks at how Arizona Public Service, Pinnacle West and CEO Don Brandt all “benefitted from having staunch allies on the regulatory commission.”

Permanent ban proposed on electricity cutoffs on Arizona’s hottest, coldest days. The plan advanced by ACC staff “would bar service termination if the weather forecast for the next five days says the temperature will rise above 95 degrees. Similar language is proposed for the other extreme.” A Cap Media Services/Howard Fischer report in Daily Star.

Suit challenges legal process of Arizona administrative hearings. Should state agencies have the power to “discard the conclusions of independent hearing officers” ? Arizona law says yes, but a lawsuit filed Friday “wants a trial judge to find that statute unconstitutional.” Yet another Howard Fischer report, brought to you this time by AZ Cap Times

Election officials, advocates push to use college IDs for voting. “A footnote in the draft of a new Elections Procedures Manual… now states that IDs issued by a public college, university or other public educational institutions are technically ‘government-issued’ IDs.” AZ Cap Times.

Food delivery robots target NAU, other college towns. “Food delivery company Starship Technologies announced plans in late August to deploy cooler-sized, self-driving robots to 100 U.S. college campuses by 2022.” Axios.

‘Arizona Republic’ editor warns staff to ‘carefully consider the consequences’ of unionizing. “Greg Burton accused union sympathizers of ‘surveilling’ other journalists, saying that’s something he’d expect of a murderer or child molester.” Huff Post.

The problem with believing what we’re told. “In an age of information overload, it’s important to find ways to resist the brain’s difficulty in separating fact from falsehood.” WSJ (PAYWALL).

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