The Dealmaker: 1/23/2020

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What’s the deal (or no deal?) with Glen Lakes Golf Course? Glendale approved sale of the course to Towne Development back in December. So why was the item back on the agenda again in January, teed up with a “seeming ‘I’m not sold yet!’ status”? Glendale Star looks into it.

Litchfield Park City Center will start to take shape in 2020. “City Council’s vision is for a mix of offices, restaurants and high-end retail surrounding a park for residents to congregate and to host city events and festivals.” LPI.

One Hundred Mill Hotel to Tempe. The “237-key hotel,” a project from LaPour Partners and NewcrestImage Development, “will be the final phase of development for a 2.5-acre site that includes an office building already under construction and the historic Hayden House.” AZBEX.

Mesa officially launches ‘Asian District.’ The effort includes a new logo and marketing efforts to promote local businesses and special events.  Reporter Mike Sunnucks has more Asia District Mesa AZ in RLGR

6 questions answered about Arizona’s first H Mart and a look inside the Mesa megastore. “At a preview event Wednesday afternoon, representatives from H Mart, including Executive Director Sam Kim, answered questions in the store’s 63,000-square-foot space.” AZCentral.

Oro Valley land purchased for new rental community. An “affiliate of Tucson-based Aerie Development’ has “purchased 9.76 acres of commercially zoned land at Linda Vista and Oracle Road.” Get deal and development details on the planned Oro Valley Villas in RED News

Arizona cities see nation’s largest rent increases. Nationally, “rents witnessed the slowest annual rise in 17 months.” Phoenix, meanwhile, saw “the largest increase from among the U.S. renter mega-hubs.” Check out the numbers for Phoenix and other Valley cities in AZRE

Coolidge hemp processing plant gets conditional use permit. The Premier Extractions plant “would be located at 789 S. Christensen Road.” And it wasn’t the only hemp processing facility P&Z approved this month. Coolidge Examiner.

Phoenix delays Uber, Lyft fee increase. “The city of Phoenix decided Wednesday to delay putting new ground transportation fees in place at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport until after the Arizona Supreme Court rules whether the fee increases are constitutional.” PBJ.

PV Councilwoman Pace nominated 2020 vice mayor. Paradise Valley Town Councilwoman Julie Pace replaces former Vice Mayor Scott Moore who “nominated Ms. Pace for the role.” Read their remarks in PVI

Old newsrooms reaching new heights. “From San Francisco to Chicago to Miami to Toronto, former North American publishing houses are being repurposed into mixed-use developments ideally suited to the Internet Age.” Forbes.

Cullum Homes stacks ‘Lego-like’ house to support Special Olympics Arizona. To raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics, Cullum and ICF Specialists have teamed to use Insulated Concrete Forms to build a 4,415-square-foot ‘block toy’ house in the Silverleaf community. RLGR.

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Arizona families caught in middle of debate over ‘conversion therapy’ ban; Rose Law Group Family Attorney Audra Petrolle approves of the ban. The “discredited practice of trying to ‘convert’ LGBTQ people” is “only banned for minors in Pima County.” But a Valley mom, who struggled with suicide after her own “conversion” experience, is trying to change that. azfamily • Audra Petrolle tells RLRG that the ban “appears to be tailored toward reducing the trauma suffered by these involuntary converts.”

[GUEST OPINION] Water wars. “Powerful interests are lining up to move water from river communities to Phoenix and Tucson. Those communities need a veto.” By: Former Arizona governor and former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt, in AZCentral.

Time to move faster on cutting Colorado River use, conservationist warns. “The Lower Basin states of Arizona, California and Nevada need to cut total water use by 18% from their 2000-2018 average to bring Lakes Mead and Powell into a long-term state of balance.” DS.

Redistricting Arizona: Will increasingly politically diverse state remain a GOP stronghold? “Arizona activists, academics and politicians” are paying close attention to “the state’s Independent Redistricting Commission… which is in charge of drawing Arizona’s new congressional and state legislative maps every 10 years after each census.” DS.

[GUEST OPINION] House Code of Conduct should include funds for time-out chairs. “Name calling. Bullying. Making faces. Walking out of a room mid-conversation. Refusal to listen. Playground behavior among 10 year olds? No. This is what happened daily during the 54th Legislature First Regular Session.” A “guest opinion” PAYWALL piece in ACT

Initiative campaign asks judge to order state not to enforce election law. “An organizer of a campaign to rein in title loans is telling a federal judge that Arizonans won’t get to decide the issue in November unless she blocks enforcement of a law on how initiative signatures are disqualified — and soon.” A CMS/Howard Fischer report in ACT.

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