Awards & Accolades
1. Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona announced it received approval from the Phoenix City Council for a multiyear contract to develop and build new affordable housing and fix existing homes in Central City South neighborhoods in Phoenix. Phoenix is contributing 30 vacant lots that will enable Habitat to build 31 new homes over the next four years.
2. National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Arizona has issued a wish list for donated labor from carpenters, plumbers, electricians and other skilled workers for a variety of projects. NAMI can be contacted at 6122 E. 22nd St., Tucson, AZ 85711, or (520) 622-5582
3. The Love Your Block PHX mini-grant program has awarded nine neighborhood groups funding to implement community revitalization projects, bringing the total number of LYB projects to 24 since its start in 2015. The program expanded citywide this year, increasing the number of applications received by more than 275 percent over last year.
4. Lee & Associates has announced a groundbreaking will be held for the HUB 317 project on Jan. 30.
5. Work is slated to begin the second week in January on Centennial Park, which Somerton plans to open as part of the celebration of its 100th year as an Arizona city.
6. The Devereux Residential Treatment Center for abused and traumatized children in Scottsdale recently broke ground for a new dormitory structure that will replace two modular units and increase the facility’s overall capacity to 52 residents.
7. An Arizona Department of Transportation project improving nine miles of State Route 260 between Interstate 17 and Thousand Trails Road in the Verde Valley is on schedule and 40 percent complete. This stretch of SR 260 will be a divided four-lane highway with seven roundabouts at major intersections.
8. The Core Scottsdale, a 282-unit multifamily development formerly known as Sunrise Hayden Apartments, has been completed by hardison/downey Construction, Inc. for developer Sunrise Hayden Living.
9. The four-suite spec project, “Project Future” at Renaissance Square has been completed and unveiled. The four planners and target projects were: McCarthy Nordburg, 2.9KSF financial space; RSP Architects, Ltd., 5.3KSF nonprofit space; SmithGroupJJR, 3.6KSF law space, and Evolution Design, 6.6KSF technology space.
10. Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. announced it will open new locations in Tempe and Scottsdale. The grocer will open its new 30KSF location at 931 E. Elliott Road in Tempe on March 21. On March 28 it will open a 27KSF store in Scottsdale at 8787 N. Scottsdale Road in Gainey Ranch.
11. Master planned community developer Sunbelt Holdings will unveil its new Windrose residential community in Litchfield Park with a “Fiesta in the Park” grand opening celebration on Jan. 13. The event will be held in the main Windrose community park and is open to the public.