The Dealmaker: 1/21/2020

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Officials praise appeals court ruling county road tax can proceed. (Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents a coalition of property and business owners throughout Pinal County who have worked to bring new transportation infrastructure to the county.) Pinal County BoS Chairman Anthony Smith, County Manager Louis Andersen, and AJ Mayor Jeff Serdy all weigh in on the “great victory.” Flo Reminder.

RTA ruling may boost SR 347. The positivity continues at InMaricopa, as Maricopa Mayor Christian Price and City Councilmember Vincent Manfredi comment on what last week’s “huge” Court of Appeals’ ruling could mean for Maricopa and the region.

Ethics charges fly in referendum drive. (Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Spring Creek Development.) SP shines a light on campaign financials and ethical issues surrounding signature gathering by the Committee for the Protection of Old Town Scottsdale, a PAC bent on killing Southbridge 2.0. 

Lack of Valley inventory big catalyst for new home sales in 2020, Belfiore says. The message delivered by real estate consultant Jim Belfiore to homebuilders at his recent market update: “It’s going to be a busy spring. Don’t go on vacation.” PBJ (Subscriber Content).

Metro Phoenix million-dollar home sales jump — but who’s buying them? “Sales of homes priced at $1 million or more in the Phoenix area have jumped 36% during the past six months,” with “Hippo Boy” and “Happy Golfers” among the purchasers. AZCentral (Subscriber Content).

Toll Brothers buys in Central Phoenix. With plans for a luxury apartment project, Toll Brothers has purchased a “four-parcel site” at the NWC of Central and Indian School. Deal and development info in AZRE

Infill townhouses planned in Chandler. City Council votes on the project Thursday.  Mike Sunnucks reports on it today in RLGR

5-story hotel proposed for Tempe’s 2100 Rio Salado. Tharaldson Hospitality Development recently submitted plans for a Staybridge Suites hotel as “part of the 2100 Rio Salado mixed-use development.” Rundown and rendering at AZBEX.

AIRBNBOO! – 102-year-old Edwards Hotel could reopen as Airbnb. “Plans to turn Old Town Peoria’s dilapidated Edwards Hotel into a haunted vacation destination stalled for more than two years, but owner Dan Halbert hopes to finally have it up and running.” AZCentral (Subscriber Content).

Developer pulls Villa Bellaggio project from consideration. Plans for the “Italian-style village made up of houses, apartments, business area and wineries off Oak Creek Valley Road” have been “put on hold for the foreseeable future.” RRN. 

Possible Flag development highlights Southside neighborhood’s civil rights history. The Mayor bar in Flagstaff was once a restaurant that “had a policy not to serve black customers.” Now, “a developer has proposed to turn a large section of the block containing The Mayor into an apartment building.” Daily Sun.

Chandler to consider plans at Lotus development. Conor Commercial Real Estate has already built the first phase at the Lotus Project. In RLGR, Mike Sunnucks reports on plans for a second phase.

Phoenix water pipeline likely to avoid precious preserve lands. “A Phoenix Water Services project will most likely still go through the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, but an alternative route has been announced to slightly change the plans.” PVI. 

Ranking says Phoenix is a top 50 city in the world. Tourism website Best Cities also ranked Phoenix as “the No. 18 best large city in the United States in its annual list.” Read about in KTAR 

She almost lost her home in California’s wildfires. Instead she built a $200M business. “Seeing opportunity in the ashes, Nikki Pechet set out to reinvent home building with software designed to cut the delays and cost overruns that plague the industry.” Forbes.

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U.S. Chamber to push for 500,000 new startups in 2020. Less regulation in Arizona, notes Rose Law Group Corporate Attorney Shruti Gurudanti. Chamber CEO Tom Donohue outlined the “startup revival” plan at his recent State of Business Address. • Commenting in RLGR, Shruti Gurudanti spotlights two of Arizona’s pro-business advantages: Fewer regulatory burdens, and our state’s new LLC Act.

5 things Arizona cities can’t do thanks to state pre-emption laws. Airbnb. Guns. Plastic Bags. Zoning. Sick Leave. Minimum Wage. That’s six, but who’s counting. A report by Steven Hsieh in New Times

How do Sens. Kyrsten Sinema, Martha McSally view impeachment trial? Here’s your guide. “Sinema, an Arizona Democrat, and McSally, an Arizona Republican facing voters on the 2020 ballot, have approached the trial differently.” AZCentral (PAYWALL).

Rep. Thorpe targets student, ‘snowbird’ voting changes in proposal. HB 2461 “would create an exception to existing law that says someone is a resident for voting purposes.” A Daily Sun report from Howard Fischer.

Panicking about your kids’ phones? New research says don’t. “A growing number of academics are challenging assumptions about the negative effects of social media and smartphones on children.” NYT.

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