Daily News for Commercial Real Estate & Business – November 23, 2009

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

A sector too tough to save

For the first time in the credit crisis, the government may have run into a problem that is too tough to bail out: commercial real estate.

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Phoenix – A company formed by Najafi Cos. in Phoenix (Jahm Najafi, principal) paid $8.6 million ($65.40 per foot) to acquire a 131,500-square-foot office at 2625 W. Grandview Road in Phoenix. The seller was a company formed by California Bank & Trust in San Diego, Calif. The building was foreclosed in September.
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Gilbert – A venture formed by South Gilbert Investments LLC in Gilbert (Jerry Coleman, principal) and Bridgeport Financial Services LLC in Gilbert (Josh Simonton, principal) paid $7.25 million to acquire 34 partially completed residences within the Stratland Estates community in Gilbert. The seller was FNBN-RESCON I, LLC.

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Program may help some stay in homes

A federally backed program that would allow former homeowners to remain in their homes as tenants could help some struggling Valley families maintain a sense of continuity after losing their homes to foreclosure.

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Vacancies, declining sales pinch Gateway Airport

Two years ago, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport was on the verge of hanging “no vacancy” signs on its hangars and other buildings leased to aviation-related businesses. Today, the “space available” light is on as airport officials seek tenants for empty structures that approximate the size of three supermarkets.

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Illegal housing bidding on rise

When foreclosure homes come up for public auction in Phoenix, a minimum opening bid is set and bidding is open to anyone. At least that is the way it’s supposed to work.

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Buyer emerges for East Valley Tribune

Freedom Communications has received a letter of intent to purchase the East Valley Tribune and keep the Pulitzer-Prize winning newspaper and Web site operating, Publisher Julie Moreno said Friday.

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Jumpstreet springs into play in Chandler

Arizona’s first and only indoor trampoline park made its debut last week in Chandler. Jumpstreet, a huge 26,000-square-foot colorful warehouse has been filled with 13,000 square feet of trampolines and trampoline dodge ball courts. The other 13,000 square feet has tables and chairs, a snack bar and inflatables for children.

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Despite mayor’s optimism, downtown Phoenix feels real estate, consumer stress

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon extolled the economic resilience of downtown Phoenix this week during this annual “State of Downtown” speech.

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SRP to build 20-megawatt solar facility in Phoenix area

Salt River Project will build a 20-megawatt photovoltaic facility southeast of Phoenix that will come online in 2011. The solar power station, to be built by Iberdrola Renewables, will be capable of powering about 4,500 homes.

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