The most publicly visible in series of $22M 2012-13 capital improvements is underway at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport with a complete revamp of the passenger terminal. The $10M renovation will relocate nearly all services to accommodate increasing volume, new flights and two new gates. To be completed next year, the remodel will top out capacity at 30K SF terminal.
The Tanger Outlet Mall is first of the three in the metro under construction to come out of the ground. Just west of 95th and Glendale avenues, the blue and green walls of the 85-store outlet mall are up and construction is on schedule to meet the anticipated November opening. Phoenix Premium Outlets in the Gila River Indian Community is just completing site and pad work. A third outlet mall proposed near Scottsdale Rd. and Loop 101 has been essentially scuttled for the time being.
Capstone Development Partners has started construction on Cadence, a 196-unit Plaza Central student housing project on Congress St., downtown Tucson. Summit Builders is the GC and Ankrom Moisan Architects designed the project.
In a year with only one major ASU capital project, smaller improvements are underway around the campus’ athletic complex. Tenant Improvements in the football locker rooms include new carpet in the office suites and improvements in the home and visitor team facilities. Training and weight rooms are next on the agenda with an improved Carson Student-Athlete Center to follow.
Officials toured the new ASU-Havasu campus as the school prepares for its first 75 students in Lake Havasu City. Construction is wrapping on the $2M remodel of the former Daytona Middle School. The student body is split 50-50 between freshmen and transfer students. Ten faculty members are signed for the campus.
New World Education Center, a public charter school, hosted a grand opening July 17th at its Central Corridor campus, 5818 N. 7th St., Phoenix. The charter school has on campus and online classes for 9th through 12th grade students.
A new McDonald’s is under construction in South Tucson, 1785 W. Ajo Way at Mission Blvd. The eatery is expected to open in November with 50 full and primarily part-time employees.
Ryan Companies US, Inc. is converting the old Banner MediSun building, 99th Ave. and Thunderbird Rd., Sun City, into an eight-doctor medical office building. The reconstruction will add 3.5K SF to the main building and demolish the middle building in the complex. The six month project will also relocate some tenants within the Thunderbird Plaza as other modernization continues.
Scottsdale is installing a microwave dish and antennas on Department of Public Safety’s new 180-foot radio tower atop Thompson Peak. The new tower will increase capacity for the city’s public safety radio communications network and interconnection with the water delivery system. The technology cost the city $125K.
Vintage 95 Wine Lounge, 95 W. Boston St., downtown Chandler, is nearing completion of its makeover with plans to reopen on August 1. The renovated dining area and enlarged kitchen will now serve lunch every day and a Sunday brunch beginning August 5.
Mesa and Gilbert’s four Applebee Restaurants are getting makeovers with warmer colors, contemporary design, and murals depicting neighborhood scenes. The eateries are changing over artwork shifting to local “stars” from area schools in place of previous generic celebrity pop culture hangings. Thomas & King own the four restaurants at 6259 E. Southern Ave. and 1143 N. Higley Rd., Mesa; and 830 W. Warner Rd. and 4712 E. Ray Rd., Gilbert.
Musical Theater of Anthem is leasing a former AutoZone retail store, 42343 N. Vision Wy., near Anthem Way and I-17. The group tripled its budget to $175K for tenant improvements to finish the 4.5K SF theater. Temporary occupancy permits and a soft opening are set for July 28th, with final inspections and formal opening scheduled for later this fall.