Sunday, January 25, 2015

Scottsdale buildings to be torn down for new restaurants

Two commercial buildings on the west end of downtown Scottsdale, currently home to Arcadia Farms Marketplace and offices, will likely be demolished this year to make room for two new restaurants.

The 40-year-old buildings at 7025 E. First Ave., — near Goldwater Boulevard and Indian School Road east of Hotel Valley Ho — are the target of a redevelopment project in one of the Valley's dining hotspots.


Maestro of Architecture: From Aspen to Carefree

In an age of increasing specialization, many people consider architecture a science, only considering the technical aspect. But to architect August Reno, FAIA, architecture done right requires an equal measure of the arts, both visual and musical.  

"As I design a building, I think of it as a composition," he explained. "I consider every stanza having its own element and strive to ensure that as people go through the composition there is not only harmony, but also crescendos that cause them to say, 'There is really something special about this building!'"


Architecting A Life Of Love

It's a breezy November afternoon and I'm sitting with Nancy Beadle and her daughter, Gerri Beadle-Murray, talking about their life with acclaimed Arizona mid-century designer, builder and architect, Alfred "Al" Newman Beadle. Much has been written about his more than 160 commercial and residential buildings, many affectionately referred to as "Beadle Boxes," but not much is known about his private life.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Tucson's El Conquistador Resort sells for $15 million

The Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort has sold for $15 million, and the new owner plans to spend another $16 million renovating the hotel built in 1982.

Tucson-based HSL Properties bought the property located on 383 acres from New York-based MetLife.


Top 5 Scottsdale projects opening in 2015

Expansions at two major shopping malls, new corporate offices and high-end urban housing are among several major Scottsdale development projects scheduled to open this year, providing a boost to the city's already-robust shopping, dining and employment sectors.

Post-recession construction has ramped up across the city, a fact made evident by the increasingly-familiar sight of cranes, scaffolding and wood-framing at work sites from Old Town to the Scottsdale Airpark.

Here's a look at five new projects expected to have an impact on the city's economy in 2015:

1. Scottsdale Fashion Square expansion. Arizona's largest shopping center and one of the 20 biggest in the U.S., according to data from, is set to grow again this year with a new movie theater, sporting goods store and restaurant.


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Chaparral Suites in Scottsdale sold; renovation planned

Chaparral Suites Resort in Scottsdale has been sold to a development company that plans a major overhaul of the hotel, its president said.

Mark Snyder, of Snyder Nationwide Real Estate, Inc., said his company purchased the downtown hotel and conference center in December. The purchase price was $34 million, according to Business Real Estate Weekly of Arizona.

The Scottsdale-based company plans to spend up to $24 million to renovate the property, at the northeast corner of Scottsdale and Chaparral roads.

The renovation should be underway by next summer and finished by the end of 2015. The hotel is expected to remain open during that time, Snyder said.

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Plans scrapped for housing project near Roosevelt Row

Plans are off for "The Row," a controversial downtown housing and renovation project near the Roosevelt Row arts district, after the developer and city terminated their agreement.

Roosevelt Housing Associates agreed with the city Dec. 23 to scrap the development, which proposed building 56 to 75 apartment units off of Roosevelt Row and converting the historic Knipe House into a restaurant and craft brewery. The city owns the house and vacant land on Second Street between Roosevelt and Portland Streets. Under the contract, the developer had to start work by Dec. 31 or ask the city for an extension, said Christine Mackay, Phoenix Community and Economic Development Director.


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