By Corina Vanek for Arizona Daily Sun
The sounds of hammers and bulldozers have become familiar in many parts of Flagstaff, as new apartments, hotels and shopping centers continue to pop up around the city and nearby in unincorporated Coconino County.
The biggest single player in town, Vintage Partners, is involved in three large projects around the city, including one multi-step development that will involve relocating existing businesses and government services and creating new business locations and student housing.
West of Milton, there are two new apartment complexes on the rise, and downtown, a Marriott Hotel is on the rise.
Outside the city, a major shopping and housing complex is planned for the Twins Arrows Casino Resort complex, while in Bellemont, nearly 250 mobile homes are on the drawing boards.
Fill in the list with projects that have been approved but not yet built (see breakout box), and the number of residential and hotel units alone in the region could grow by close to 6,000.
In the downtown area, the Marriott Residence Inn is coming together at the intersection of Humphreys Street and Aspen Avenue. Steven Shumway, the CEO for the developer, FMH Enterprises, said the project has stayed close to the proposed schedule and expects the hotel to be open for business in June.
Shumway said he and his brother and business partner, Shane, “are Arizona boys through and through,” and that is why they decided to bring their business to Flagstaff.
Shumway said the hotel, which will have 110 suite-style rooms, will be unique because of its location and proximity to downtown bars, restaurants and accessibility to Snowbowl.
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