Archive for the 'Gilbert' Category

Army Veteran Helping Others During His Journey Into Blindness

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June 15, 2012 GILBERT, Ariz. – The blind Army veteran depended on his nose to lead him to the pizza joint. But his guide dog, responding to his command, entered two doors too early. That wrong turn in the shopping center in 2004 became another turning point for the former Army captain. Tom Hicks was […]

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Legacy of Long-Time Farming Family Includes New Homes With Unique Designs

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Feb. 13, 2012 GILBERT, Ariz. – Cruise the tree-lined streets of Morrison Ranch with co-owner Howard Morrison, and he’ll likely tell you what crops grew here for generations before his family’s farms sprouted houses a few years ago. And if he takes a short detour and stops next to his family’s four 80-foot-tall grain silos, […]

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Arizona Politics Trumps Economics; Students, Needy Families To Suffer

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March 21, 2010 EDITORIAL Are Arizona’s leaders, struggling with an overpowering deficit, downsizing state programs too far? Last week, Gov. Jan Brewer signed the state’s fiscal 2011 budget of $8.9 billion, which is a reduction of  $1.1 billion. Budget supporters called the new budget a streamlining of state government. Critics say it is hardhearted, with […]

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New Arizona Company Completing High-Profile Commercial Developments

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Sept. 10, 2009 PHOENIX, Ariz. – Former Opus West executives Jamie Godwin and Craig Zupancic have formed a commercial real estate consulting firm with a subsidiary offering a variety of contractor services. The consulting firm is The Richard Solomon Group, or RSG. Its services include process development, operational management, design and engineering management, and project […]

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Mid-2009 Metro Phoenix Home Sales Update

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July 7, 2009 Guest column “I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.” Warren Buffett By Tom Ruff, The Information Market A year ago I was batting clean up for the housingdoom.com team. Today, I’m called a cheerleader for ARMLS, comments […]

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Sundt adding division for mining, water treatment and renewable energy projects

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Nov. 25, 2008 Sundt Construction is adding a new division to focus on the specialized type of construction work sought by its mining and industrial clients. The company’s new Mining & Industrial division will focus on projects for the mines throughout the Southwest as well as for water and wastewater plants, renewable energy facilities, and […]

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Opus West secures tenants for future Chandler shopping center

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Nov. 20, 2008 Opus West Corp. has started work and secured tenant commitments at Mill Crossing, a new shopping center scheduled for opening in Chandler in late 2009. J.C. Penney Co. (NYSE: JCP) will anchor the 170,000-square-foot center at the southwest corner of Gilbert and Germann roads. Other tenants will include: • Shoe Carnival, a […]

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Metro Phoenix’s rising office vacancy rates expected to worsen

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Office space vacancies are highest in several suburbs of metro Phoenix, with total regional rates expected to worsen by mid-2009, according to new numbers released by Cushman  & Wakefield of Arizona. The metro region’s overall vacancy rate rose to 18.8 percent at the end of the third quarter 2008, up from 14 percent a year […]

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Metro Phoenix’s East Valley, with fuel at $5 a gallon

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A look at the future of the East Valley with fuel prices reaching $5 a gallon will be enlightening, and probably painful. That’s the topic the East Valley Partnership is offering, along with a lineup of powerhouse experts, at a Nov. 6 gathering at The Buttes, a Marriott Resort in Tempe. The Partnership’s invitation says, […]

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New home prices nearing bottom in Phoenix

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Stability in the prices of new homes in metro Phoenix is on the horizon, but resale prices will continue slipping, said R.L. Brown, publisher of the Phoenix Housing Market Letter. He added that although investors remain active in the market, this time they’re likely using their own money, instead of lenders’, and they plan to […]

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