1. Later this month the Scottsdale Quarter plans to kick off construction of Phase III. The new building, east of the existing complex, will have six floors with 22.4KSF in retail space and 275 apartments. The plans call for two levels of below-ground parking and a pair of levels above ground.
2. El Mirage Road will be muscled up with the third phase in its upgrade to major north-south artery. Maricopa County Department of Transportation is breaking ground on improvements to a half-mile stretch between Bell and Picerne roads. The MCDOT project includes six lanes of traffic, turn lanes and traffic signals. The corridor will ultimately connect Loop 303 with Grand Avenue and Northern Parkway. Future plans will extend the road north to Carefree Highway (S.R.74).
3. Loop 303 seems to be pulling the Glendale housing market out of the recession as it keeps growing from Loop 101 towards I-10 with residential communities springing up in its wake. More than 10 subdivisions are in the works, or slated for completion this year with a half-dozen more in the planning process. With all the work underway and new lots coming onto market, the city has seen new residential permits issued decline to about half the number issued in through September 2012. The city sees a bright future with several large residential communities ready to build close to the Westgate area between Glendale and Bethany Home roads, 59th Avenue and Loop 101.
4. Take a half-dozen retired major leaguers, put them into a 25KSF box, and offer little leaguers and pony tailers the chance for coaching to improve their game under one roof, then you’ve got Extra Innings-East Valley. Managed by former San Francisco Giant Greg Minton, Extra Innings, 3530 E. Southern Ave., Mesa, is an indoor baseball and softball training center. The largest of the franchisee’s 40 locations across the county, the new location has batting cages, space for infield practice, and an exclusive area dedicated to girls softball.
5. Scottsdale Community College is the latest in the Maricopa College System to open a new Health Sciences building dedicated to the college nursing program. The $4.3M renovation of the 15KSF building was upped by another $1M to technology upgrades—including three high-tech mannequins that talk back to students. The facility has a 90 seat lecture hall and flexible-space classrooms containing desks that convert to examination tables.