1. The Mohave High School Band played and community leaders and Mohave County officials turned out Sept. 27 for the long-anticipated groundbreaking of the Fort Mohave Walmart Supercenter at Highway 95 and Hammer Lane. The 155KSF facility is expected to open next spring and will include a supermarket, pharmacy, and Tire & Lube Express.
2. Last week, what remained of the old Hell Canyon Bridge on State Route 89 went out with a bang. See the video of the demolition. The 62-year-old bridge, which no longer met federal and state standards for truck traffic, came down in a blast of explosives that caused the structure to fall in on itself. ADOT opened a new, $14.4M bridge in June.
3. Mountain Shadows, the highly anticipated $100M new boutique resort coming to Paradise Valley, is scheduled to debut in early 2017. Rebuilt from the ground up by Woodbine Development and Westroc Hospitality, the new resort will feature 183 guestrooms, a presidential suite facing Camelback Mountain, a full-service restaurant, two pools, a high tech fitness facility, an 18-hole golf and lounge experience, as well as 37.5KSF of indoor and outdoor event space, and onsite luxury resort condominiums and lofts available for purchase.
4. The Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa at 6142 N. Scottsdale Road is set to open in November. Andaz Scottsdale will include 201 guestrooms and suites, ranging in size from 350SF to 500SF configured in bungalow-style clusters of six units each, as well as private terraces, including some with outdoor showers, a large pool with sundeck, and more than 20KSF of indoor and outdoor meeting and event facilities.
5. The first phase of construction is underway at en Hance Park, a three-phase condo development situated (as the name suggests) on the south border of Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix. The project is being developed by Sencorp, a Chilean-based company that specializes in smaller units that still feel spacious and that complement an urban lifestyle. The architect on the project is Shepley Bulfinch.
6. The head of the Federal Aviation Administration joined local officials last week to dedicate a new, state-of-the-art air traffic-control tower at Tucson International Airport. The new tower is 252 feet tall, nearly double the height of the old tower, and is positioned on the southwest side of the main runways to avoid afternoon glare that plagued the old tower.
7. Dolphinaris Arizona is about ready to open. Dr. Grey Stafford, General Manager of Dolphinaris Arizona, gives a brief preview tour in this video from The Arizona Republic.