Daily News – August 24, 2009

Here are the news stories you might find interesting today:

Email me if you would like a copy of the Special Outlook on Government Programs and Debt Maturities report. A quote from the report, “Investors waiting to redeploy capital into commercial real estate until economic growth resumes or a central clearinghouse for distressed properties is established, similar to the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) in the early 1990s, run the risk of missing solid acquisition opportunities.”

Bernanke: Economy on verge of recovery, worst is over

It’s more expensive going green

Are struggling community banks prepared for a new threat?

Most community banks in Arizona are losing money, lending is down, and a veteran banker concedes that every day is a challenge.

It was a little too challenging for two Arizona banks, which were closed by state and federal regulators Aug. 14. A third bank is operating under federal orders to improve what were found to be “unsafe and unsound banking practices.”

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Pinal County – Salt River Project in Phoenix has acquired 500+ acres in Pinal County that is targeted for a proposed peaking power plant. The project, which will be built in phases, could eventually have a solar component. An entity formed by SRP paid just under $13.226 million ($26,000 per acre) to acquire the property.

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Gilbert – In a deal scheduled to close at press time, Taylor Morrison/Arizona Inc. in Scottsdale was expected to pay $21 million to buy a 549-acre (net) parcel in Gilbert that is planned for a residential community called Adora Trails. The seller is AmTrust Bank in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Cities West, Superior Home on the move

Superior Home Services and Cities West Publishing have signed leases at Scottsdale Quarter, an open-air center at Greenway-Hayden Loop and North Scottsdale Road.

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Mass layoffs up in July in Arizona

There were 35 mass layoffs in Arizona last month, up from 27 in June and 15 a year ago, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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AZ tops nation in construction job loss

Construction employment in Arizona dropped 2.8 percent in July, and is down 28 percent since last year, the largest year-to-year hit among states, according to a report issued Friday by the Associated General Contractors.

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E.V.’s fastest-growing companies recognized

A Chandler company that has been screen printing T-shirts for three decades raked in $7.6 million last year, logging nearly 1,005 percent revenue growth during the last three years. A Mesa construction company beat even that stunning statistic by boosting business 1,096 percent during the same time period.

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Action! Mesa eyes movie studio project

With the housing market slow, a Gold Canyon home developer is focusing on a new goal – turning east Mesa into east Hollywood. Vince Stark, president of CBC Inc., plans to develop a $70 million movie studio complex on 55 acres that he partially owns at the northeast corner of Hawes and Germann roads.

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07/09/09 – TENANT IMPROVEMENT at 120 E. 5th St. for Tempe Police and IT Departments Declared Valuation: $4,230,400 Plan Check No.: PC09-0535

07/13/09 – TENANT IMPROVEMENT at 1305 W. 23rd St. for Wells Fargo Declared Valuation: $250,000 Plan Check No.: PC09-0541

07/22/09 – TENANT IMPROVEMENT at 680 S. Mill Ave. for five Guys @ Centerpoint Declared Valuation: $550,000 Plan Check No.: PC09-0585

07/23/09 – ADDITION/ALTERATION at 126 W. Gemini Dr. for Verizon Tempe MSC Battery Room Declared Valuation: $2,000,000 Plan Check No.: PC09-0586


07/01/09 – NEW BUILDING at 210 S. Smith Rd. for Fisher Tools Declared Valuation: $495,100 Plan Check No.: PC09-0137

07/13/09 – TENANT IMPROVEMENT at 1050 W. Washington St., Ste 214, for Sunstate Builders Declared Valuation: $299,000 Plan Check No.: PC09-0497

07/15/09 – ADDITION/ALTERATION at 2155 E. Conference Dr. for Reproductive Medical Institute Declared Valuation: $400,000 Plan Check No.: PC09-0096

07/16/09 – ADDITION/ALTERATION at 1949 E. University Dr. for The Element @ ASU Declared Valuation: $300,000 Plan Check No.: PC09-0351

07/21/09 – ADDITION/ALTERATION at 3500 S. Rural Rd. for Tempe Public Library Declared Valuation: $1,750,000 Plan Check No.: PC09-0210

07/23/09 – ADDITION/ALTERATION at 1610 S. Priest Dr. for Ellison Machinery Declared Valuation: $442,900 Plan Check No.: PC09-0446

07/25/09 – NEW BUILDING at 1845 E. University Dr. for Wash Wizard Auto Spa Declared Valuation: $650,000 Plan Check No.: PC09-0204

07/29/09 – ADDITION/ALTERATION at 2200, 2206 & 2210 S. Priest Dr. for Colton Constructors Declared Valuation: $620,000 Plan Check No.: PC08-1077

07/30/09 – ADDITION/ALTERATION at 3159 S. McClintock Dr. for Ross @ Bashas Valley Plaza Declared Valuation: $200,000 Plan Check No.: PC08-0310

07/30/09 – ADDITION/ALTERATION at 1001 E. Knox Rd. for Kyrene Elementary School District Declared Valuation: $200,000 Plan Check No.: PC09-0374


07/09/09 – ADDITION/ALTERATION at 1215 S. 52nd St. for Northrop Grumman Declared Valuation: $1,150,000 Plan Check No.: PC07-1515

07/28/09 – ADDITION/ALTERATION at 3225 S. Hardy Dr. for Pinnacle Education Declared Valuation: $310,000 Plan Check No.: PC09-0316

07/29/09 – ADDITION/ALTERATION at 2720 S. Hardy Dr. for Infincom Declared Valuation: $300,000 Plan Check No.: PC09-0281

07/30/09 – ADDITION/ALTERATION at 50 E. Knox Rd. for Kyrene Elementary School District Declared Valuation: $869,700 Plan Check No.: PC08-0839

07/30/09 – ADDITION/ALTERATION at 2005 E. Technology Cir for Wipro Infocrossing Data Center Declared Valuation: $1,400,000 Plan Check No.: PC09-0068

07/30/09 – ADDITION/ALTERATION at 1310 W. Drivers Way for Supplemental Nutrition Tech Declared Valuation: $200,000 Plan Check No.: PC09-0167

Each day I sort through various industry publications and local news sources and narrow down the top local articles that matter to commercial real estate owners and business owners.

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