Wednesday, August 26, 2015

City organizes services for Wheel Inn Ranch residents

Scottsdale's Human Services Department will coordinate efforts to help residents at the Wheel Inn Ranch RV and Mobile Home Park transition to new homes without losing their lives' savings and social services, city staff said.

After receiving eviction notices in May when a developer bought the land that they live on, residents at the park felt like they had nowhere to go, and many didn't. Renters, many of whom are elderly or live with physical disabilities, were tasked with uprooting their lives in a little more than six months, risking losing access to life-sustaining medical and financial services.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/scottsdale/2015/08/24/city-organizes-services-wheel-inn-ranch-residents/32284679/

City organizes services for Wheel Inn Ranch residents

Scottsdale's Human Services Department will coordinate efforts to help residents at the Wheel Inn Ranch RV and Mobile Home Park transition to new homes without losing their lives' savings and social services, city staff said.

After receiving eviction notices in May when a developer bought the land that they live on, residents at the park felt like they had nowhere to go, and many didn't. Renters, many of whom are elderly or live with physical disabilities, were tasked with uprooting their lives in a little more than six months, risking losing access to life-sustaining medical and financial services.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/scottsdale/2015/08/24/city-organizes-services-wheel-inn-ranch-residents/32284679/

Monday, August 17, 2015

Plans for Arcadia Frank Lloyd Wright House include tours, weddings

Early plans for the David and Gladys Wright House envision the Arcadia home as a visitors' destination, including a shaded garden and underground education center for tours, performances and weddings.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2015/08/05/plans-arcadia-frank-lloyd-wright-house-include-tours-weddings/31170683/

Scottsdale Fire, HonorHealth launch mobile health program

The Scottsdale Fire Department and HonorHealth hospital network have teamed up to launch the city's first mobile integrated health-care program that will specialize in home visits with the area's most vulnerable medical populations.

Following other Valley cities such as Mesa and Chandler, the partnership will bring individualized medical advice and attention to patients' doorsteps without the time or expense of costly 911 calls and emergency-room visits, the program's organizers said.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/scottsdale/2015/08/07/scottsdale-fire-honorhealth-launch-mobile-health-program/31280195/

West Valley cities seek to save desert land

Rocks stacked 3 feet high mark the remains of an ancient Native American marketplace on a dirt road in northern Peoria. Past saguaro cactus and spiky shrubs, cars zoom by on the freeway headed toward suburban neighborhoods that blur the landscape to the south.

"We're at a crossroads now," said Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat as she walked past the ruins. "We are at the situation where growth is about to boom again. We have a lot of areas that have beautiful land at stake right now, so if we don't do something to preserve and conserve those spaces, it will be lost to us forever."

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/glendale/2015/08/13/phoenix-west-valley-cities-seek-save-desert-land/31656917/

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Arizona developer, family plead guilty to 20 years of fraud

A Mohave County developer has admitted using other people's money to fund a lavish lifestyle as an international jet-setter and multimillionaire — and then filing a fake bankruptcy to try to get away with it.

John Hoover, owner of the El Rio Country Club and Golf Course in Mohave Valley, bought million-dollar homes in Arizona, Newport Beach and Paris. Records show he also owned a $150,000 Bentley, expensive artwork and jewelry and sent his daughter to a French school.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/2015/08/05/arizona-developer-john-hoover-guilty-plea-fraud/31135127/

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Could Scottsdale see 3 new marijuana dispensaries?

Three medical-marijuana companies are eyeing the Scottsdale Airpark for new dispensary locations as they look to tap into one of Arizona's highest concentrations of patients authorized to use the drug.

Two proposed dispensaries are on the south side of the airport's runways, while a third is planned near the Scottsdale Quarter office and shopping complex, according to city records. The latter has already been approved for a permit, while a City Council vote is likely upcoming for the others.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/scottsdale/2015/07/27/scottsdale-plans-medical-marijuana-dispensaries/30735937/

Seniors’ Skyscraper on Tempe Town Lake

Plans are now moving forward for a high-rise senior-living complex and two high-end apartment buildings on some of Tempe's last remaining lakefront real estate.

Southbank is on the north side of Rio Salado Parkway about one-half mile east of Rural Road, flanked on two sides by Arizona State University's Karsten Golf Course. Eventually, the complex could include offices, hotels, shops and restaurants.

Read more... http://azbex.com/seniors-skyscraper-on-tempe-town-lake/

Phoenix turns Roosevelt Row into ‘complete street’

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2015/07/30/phoenix-turns-roosevelt-row-complete-street/30898429/

Tempe moves forward on Google Fiber ultra-high-speed Internet

Valley residents moved a step closer to plugging in to Google Fiber's ultra-high-speed Internet service Thursday night as the Tempe City Council voted unanimously to approve an agreement with the tech giant.

The agreement "gives us approval to build a network in the city of Tempe," said Angie Welling, Google's public policy and government affairs manager. Under the agreement, Google is granted the access it needs to dig, bury lines and hang wires, Welling said.

Read more.... http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/tempe/2015/07/30/tempe-google-fiber-arizona-cities/30911587/

Chandler Porsche dealership breaks ground

Fueled by revved-up demand for the luxury cars, officials Wednesday in Chandler broke ground on what will be Arizona's third Porsche dealership.

The two-story, 36,000 square-foot, four-acre complex is scheduled to open in April 2016 at 1010 S. Gilbert Rd. in the Chandler 202 Auto Park.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/cars/2015/07/29/chandler-porsche-dealership-breaks-ground/30846829/

Is it true? Is Valley homebuilding recovery here?

When a dozen people camped out to buy a new house in Mesa four months ago, it appeared to be a sign metro Phoenix's new-home market might soon rebound.

The numbers are in, and it was.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/real-estate/catherine-reagor/2015/07/31/metro-phoenix-home-building-recovering/30901395/

Boutique hotel, luxury homes replace PV blight

For more than a decade, the shuttered Mountain Shadows resort at the foot of Camelback Mountain was the Valley's own "paradise lost," a once-flourishing Eden fallen into development purgatory.

The opulence that made Paradise Valley's Mountain Shadows a premium destination upon opening in 1959 gave way to years of blight after Host Marriott closed the resort in 2004. Boarded-up buildings became public eyesores, left to rot on some of the Valley's most-coveted real estate.

Read more... http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/scottsdale/2015/07/30/arizona-camelback-mountain-boutique-hotel-luxury-homes-replace-pv-blight/30897021/

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Engineers create world's first white laser beam

Researchers at Arizona State University have created the world's first white laser beam, according to a new study published in Nature. More work needs to be done to perfect this technology, but white lasers could serve as a potential alternative light source — both in people's homes and in the screens of their electronics. Lasers are more energy efficient than LEDs, and the ASU researchers claim that their white lasers can cover 70 percent more colors than current standard displays.

Read more... http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/31/9082443/engineers-create-worlds-first-white-laser-beam

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