The Dealmaker: 1/3/2020

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What did you do yesterday? Darryl Berger, Berger Holdings founder, CEO. Family matters (including a stray Lego), BB Living and a bit of ‘par for the course’ trash-talking highlight a 17-hour day for Darryl Berger, in this latest look at the busy schedules of Arizona’s top real estate leaders. RLGR.

Sunbelt Holdings sells lots at Red Rock Village to Richmond American. (Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Sunbelt Holdings.) “Sunbelt Holdings, who acquired the remaining 680-acres within the 1,000-acre Red Rock Village master planned community in 2018, announced the closing of the first 91 lots to Richmond American Homes.” RED News.

Belfiore: Tucson housing shows continued strength. Belfiore Real Estate Consulting analyst Steven Hensley delivers data for the Tucson market, including upbeat news on new home sales and job gains, in this Mike Sunnucks report for RLGR

Development fights dominated the year in Scottsdale. “2019 will be partly remembered for a trifecta of controversial new developments downtown and voter approval of the city’s first major municipal bond package in nearly two decades.” SP. 

Scottsdale elected leaders offer 2019 hindsight as new calendar year commences. “As elected leaders look forward to the new year — and reminisce on the last 12 months — the seven sitting City Council members point out the tasks and challenges that lie ahead.” SI.

The stories that defined Paradise in 2019. New mayor, new town manager, and a flood of “applications to redevelop properties” were among the top stories in Paradise Valley. PVI.

The East Valley’s decade to remember. A decade beginning with “some sections of the region resembling ghost towns,” closed with “a deafening chorus of hammers, backhoes, cement trucks and buzz saws as housing, apartment and commercial construction flourishes.” EVT.

The stories that defined Apache Junction, Gold Canyon in 2019. Annexation of State Trust land and a planned extension of SR 24 are among the standouts in this AJI rundown of the region’s major stories.

Construction (and politics) will energize 2020. The fate of Ahwatukee golf courses, the fight over QuikTrip, and finishing touches for the new Ed Pastor Freeway are on the agenda in what’s shaping up to be a politically charged year. AFN. 

Riliberto’s moves to CG planning commission. Riliberto’s is looking to build a new 2,764-sq.-ft. Mexican restaurant at Pinal Ave. and Cottonwood Ln. At issue? A “driveway that allows both left and right turns.” CGD.

ProposedFountain Hills hospital faces resistance. Some living near the proposed site have asked for a delay in the issuance of building permits until town officials “ensure that the few wishes of the neighbors… are listened to…” FHT.

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As a supplement to the Dealmaker, we thought you might enjoy these articles!

Americano! Musical tells true story of dashed hopes. “The story of a local man whose dream of enlisting in the Marines was shattered when he discovered he was not a U.S. citizen will come to the stage in an unusual new musical this month.” north central news. 
The ‘Perfect Storm’ – Expanded Arizona Supreme Court sets two records in 2019. The state’s highest court issued the fewest opinions “in modern times,” and also went the longest time ever without releasing one. What’s up with that? Chief Justice Brutinel sheds some light in AZ Law
Chief Justice John Roberts warns about dangers of fake news. “Roberts was not explicit about whether his call for increased civics education was intended as a rebuke of Trump, although some quickly read it that way.” POLITICO.
Lawmaker wants gender-neutral Arizona driver’s licenses. No word yet if Democrat Rosanna Gabaldo also wants to give drivers the option of doing away with “Neutral” on vehicle gearshift consoles and replacing it with “Gender Neutral.” A Howard Fischer report in PinalCentral
Do uniforms play a role in college football recruiting? The answer seems to be yes, at least at colleges with “more exciting and attractive” uniforms. CN. 

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