Sunday, April 24, 2016

Looking for luxury? Mansions plentiful in metro Phoenix

A lot of mansions across metro Phoenix are sporting "for sale" signs in their front yards.

But luxury home sales in the Valley picked back up in March after sagging last summer during the stock market jitters.


Sneak peek: Check out Mesa's new, gigantic international marketplace

It's like walking into a big-box store, a Walmart or Target. If either carried durian chips, rocoto chile paste and dried mackerel, that is.

AZ International Marketplace, opening on Wednesday, April 20, is a gargantuan new mega store from the owners of Mekong Plaza that's designed to make an oversize impact, both commercial and cultural, on the southeast Valley.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Section 8 Housing Program Waiting List Opens after 11 Years

The city of Phoenix Housing Department will accept applications for the Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program beginning Monday, May 23 through Friday, May 27, or until 10,000 applications are received. 

The city's HCV program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is available for low-income individuals and families to provide safe and decent affordable housing.  Program participants pay at least 30 percent of their adjusted gross monthly income toward their rent to a private landlord of their choice and the program will pay the landlord the remaining balance of the rent.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Apartment plan shows divide in visions for downtown Tempe's future

A proposal that would bring a 13-story apartment building to the edge of downtown Tempe has revealed sharp divisions between business owners, residents and elected officials that go beyond the project itself.

At stake is the question of where the city should literally draw the line between dense, urban construction and traditional neighborhoods west of Farmer Avenue.


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Downtown Mesa property could see $42 million makeover

A prominent yet long-struggling downtown Mesa property could soon get a $42 million makeover with housing, retail and green space.

The project, on the largely vacant northwestern corner of Country Club Drive and Main Street, would be the first market-rate housing development built downtown in decades, bringing as many as 200 apartments.


Mesa Royale mobile-home park for sale again; tenants could face eviction

Residents of Mesa Royale — the troubled Mesa mobile-home park city officials once deemed "unfit for human habitation" — could face eviction for the second time in less than a year as the property is again poised to change hands.

The low-income, resource-strapped tenants were given marching orders the first time in May, when then-owner Gene Ham opted to put the complex up for sale rather than address scores of pricey safety hazards Mesa building officials discovered at the site.

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Spring training baseball boosts Phoenix housing market

Metro Phoenix draws many visitors seeking sunshine, baseball and homes in February and March.

The Valley's housing market typically gets a boost during these months, when it's a hub for spring training. That sets the pace for the year.


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Diocese of Phoenix to build $15M Catholic high school west of Phoenix

In an effort to address growth in the West Valley, the Diocese of Phoenix is planning to build a $15 million Catholic high school in Avondale.

The closest Catholic high school to the 25-acre site is Bourgade Catholic High School at 4602 N. 31st Ave. in Phoenix, which is 20 miles away.


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