Yearly Archives: 2015

EPA Announces $25 Million to Improve Water Quality, Infrastructure in Arizona

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $25 million in funding to Arizona for investment in statewide improvements in local drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and the reduction of water pollution. The funds are directed to the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority (WIFA), which will use them to provide low-cost loans for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects and to provide funding for innovative water quality improvement projects.

Kirkpatrick statement on House passage of omnibus appropriations bill

U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick voted for the FY 2016 omnibus appropriations bill, H.R. 2029, which passed the House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support, 316-113. This measure funds the government for FY 2016

House Passes Gosar, Bridenstine, Yoho Amendment Limiting Frivolous and Costly Environmental Lawsuits

U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after joining House colleagues Representatives Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) and Ted Yoho (R-FL) in passing an amendment that will limit frivolous lawsuits and exorbitant payouts to lawyers that challenge energy projects which have already gone through the environmental process and been issued permits and subsequently attached the amendment to H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act

Chris Cuaso of KTGY Presents “Placemaking: Does One Size Fit All?” at ICSC CenterBuild...

National award-winning KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that Chris Cuaso, director of design in the firm's Retail Studio, has been invited to participate as a roundtable facilitator at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) CenterBuild Conference held from December 1-4, 2015, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, AZ.

Simon Perkowitz of KTGY Presents “How to Make Mixed Use Work” at ICSC CenterBuild...

National award-winning KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that Simon Perkowitz, AIA, PE, a principal in the firm's Retail Studio, has been invited to participate as a roundtable facilitator at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) CenterBuild Conference held from December 1-4, 2015, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, AZ

Arizona Supreme Court Upholds State Water Rights, Affirms Gosar Legislation

On June 26, 2015, the non the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a legal review of Congressman Gosar’s legislation, the Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement, validating his previous assertions and affirming that his legislation is good for private property owners, will result in a significant net water benefit to the basin and will not result in a loss of any tax revenue to Mohave County.

Westwood Financial Corp. Acquires Value Add Kroger Anchored Shopping Center in Phoenix

Westwood Financial Corp. (WFC), one of the largest privately held owner-operators of grocery-anchored retail properties in the United States, announced the acquisition of the Avondale Fiesta shopping center for $7.6 million. The Kroger shadow-anchored center is 34,129-square-feet and is located at 11435 West Buckeye Road in Avondale, Arizona, in the greater Phoenix area

Rep. Gosar: Huge Victory in the Fight to Stop the EPA’s Lawless Water Grab

U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after a federal appeals court issued a nationwide stay blocking the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule resulting from a lawsuit filed by 13 states, including the state of Arizona

Phoenix sisters sentenced for property rental scheme catering to human smugglers and other criminals

A Phoenix-area property manager who previously pleaded guilty to harboring illegal aliens has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for her role in a far-reaching scheme to rent out residences to human smugglers, drug traffickers and others involved in criminal activity.

GOVERNOR DOUG DUCEY ANNOUNCES ARIZONA WATER INITIATIVE

Governor Doug Ducey today announced a new two-track initiative through the Arizona Department of Water Resources to help ensure the certainty and vitality of Arizona’s water supply long into the future. The initiative, which is based off of and continues the work published in the 2014 Strategic Vision for Water Supply Sustainability Report, involves two tracks.

AG Brnovich Settles Lawsuit Against Foreclosure Attorney

Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today a consent judgment obtained against Arizona-licensed Foreclosure Attorney Brent Randall Phillips. Phillips violated the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act by engaging in fraudulent and deceptive practices when offering loan modification services to struggling homeowners facing foreclosure. The judgment bars Phillips and his law firms, Phillips Law Center, P.L.C., d/b/a Randall Law Group, and Farmers Law Group from conducting mortgage loan modification services in the State of Arizona or on behalf of Arizona consumers and obtains restitution for victims.

Judgment Obtained Against Solar Installer Accused of Scamming Customers

Attorney General Mark Brnovich recently obtained a Consent Judgment against a fraudulent solar installation company who preyed on Arizona consumers. The settlement requires Phoenix-based Epcon Solar, LLC to pay $40,000 in restitution to customers who filed a valid consumer complaint with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

Phoenix metro real estate: prices rising and homes still selling fast

The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) recently released its monthly Market Data Report, which highlights key metrics for residential real estate inventory in the Phoenix metro area

Downtown Stage getting ready for unveiling event

The City of Chandler is preparing to welcome the newest venue to its downtown, the Downtown Stage. The City and the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP) will host an unveiling event at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 24, at the new stage located on Commonwealth Street, east of Arizona Avenue.

96,000 SF Chandler Manufacturing Facility Closes for $5.88 Million

A 96,000 SF manufacturing building at 6615 W. Boston St. in Chandler sold for $5,875,000 or $61.20 per SF. Lee & Associates Principal Matt McDougall represented the buyer, Evergreen Industrial Properties, LLC of Oakland, CA. The seller was Schneider-Chandler, LLC of Phoenix and was represented by Jones Lang LaSalle.

U.S. REP. MCSALLY APPLAUDS RULING TO HALT EXPANSIVE EPA WATER RULE

A U.S. District Court judge in North Dakota late yesterday issued a temporary injunction against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers’ Waters of the U.S rule, calling it “exceptionally expansive.” The ruling blocks implementation of the rule in 13 states that requested the injunction, including Arizona, a day before it was set to take effect

AG BRNOVICH ANNOUNCES JUDGMENT IN SOLAR TELEMARKETING LAWSUIT

Attorney General Mark Brnovich today announced the settlement of a consumer fraud lawsuit against Go Green Today, LLC (“Go Green”), an Arizona-based solar company that allegedly made thousands of unwanted telephone calls to consumers on the FTC’s National Do Not Call Registry (DNC). In addition to making unsolicited telemarketing calls, Go Green also violated the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act (ACFA) in the marketing and sale of solar products. Under the consent judgment, up to $55,000 in restitution will be paid to victims.

Phoenix real estate market still hot, but becoming more balanced

The Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors® (SAAR) recently released its monthly Market Data Report, which highlights key metrics for residential real estate inventory.

Conor Commercial and Globe Corporation Announce Launch of AZ|60 Industrial Development in Gilbert, Arizona

Joint venture partners, Conor Commercial Real Estate, a member of The McShane Companies, and Globe Corporation, are pleased to announce the acquisition of a 16-acre land parcel for the development of AZ|60 – a new two-building, 225,600 square foot industrial project. Available for-sale or lease, the speculative facilities will offer modern design and flexible configurations to meet the growing demand within Gilbert’s booming industrial sector. The venture will break ground in October with occupancy slated for April 2016

Attorney General Mark Brnovich Requests Immediate Stay on EPA’s Overreaching Clean Power Plan

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich today joined Attorneys General in 15 other states to request the EPA immediately stay Section 111(d) of the Obama administration’s finalized “Clean Power Plan.” A stay is a legal procedure that will ensure Arizonans will not be forced to suffer serious harm until the courts have had an opportunity to review the rule’s legality

Recent

PUBLIC COMMENTS SOUGHT AS BLM EVALUATES PUBLIC LAND LEASE TO PINAL...

The Bureau of Land Management, Lower Sonoran Field Office, is processing a request from the Pinal County Board of Supervisors to lease approximately 498 acres of public lands for a regional park in Gold Canyon, Ariz. The application has been made under the Recreation and Public Purposes Act, which allows municipalities the ability to lease federally-managed public lands for public purposes