Daily News for Commercial Real Estate & Business – December 24, 2009

I will not be publishing the daily news on Christmas Day. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Here are the news stories you might find interesting today regarding commercial real estate and business:

98 South Wine Bar & Kitchen closes abruptly

98 South Wine Bar & Kitchen, a popular restaurant in downtown Chandler, has abruptly closed, but the landlord is negotiating with potential new owners and hopes the place will reopen soon.

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Pulice Construction sold for $114M

Pulice Construction Inc., a family-owned company in Phoenix, has been sold to ASC Group of Madrid for $114 million.

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Classic barber shop opens in midtown

Midtown Phoenix has gained a new barber shop with the opening of ProStyles Barbershop across from St. Joseph’s Hospital on Thomas Road.

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Mission Foods to close Phoenix plant

Tortilla-maker Mission Foods Corp. is closing a food production plant in Phoenix.

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West Valley cities pursuing renewable energy projects

The West Valley is sprouting green technology as the buzz about renewable energy grows.

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Personal incomes up 0.4%

WASHINGTON – Personal incomes rose in November at the fastest pace in six months while spending posted a second straight increase, raising hopes that that the recovery from the nation’s deep recession might be gaining momentum.

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Census: AZ population up 1.5%

Arizona’s population grew by 96,401 residents in the 12 months from July 1, 2008, to July 1, 2009, the seventh largest gain in the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Home sales dip in U.S., West

New homes sales in the U.S. were down in November dampening hopes for a housing market rebound nationally and in hard hit markets such as Phoenix

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UOP Stadium named top new venue of decade

Sports Illustrated has named University of Phoenix Stadium as the best new sports venue of the decade.

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U.S. Commercial Property Falls to Lowest in 7 Years

Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) — Commercial property values in the U.S. declined in October to the lowest level in more than seven years as unemployment reduced demand for apartments, offices and retail space.

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Proposed Tax Change for Real Estate Partnerships Has Investors Seeing Red

Several major commercial real estate groups are fighting a proposed federal tax provision that they say would have a devastating effect on real estate investment partnerships.

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Feel free to contact me regarding any of these stories, the current market, distressed commercial real estate opportunities or your property.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!