Arizona Lawmakers Walk Away From Incentive For Landing Tesla Factory

April 17, 2014 Leave a comment

As the Arizona State Legislature nears adjournment either this week or early next week, a bill designed to entice Tesla Motors Incorporated to build a new factory in the state appears to be dead.

Weeks ago, the Arizona House of Representatives passed legislation that would have exempted Tesla from a long-standing state law requiring all new cars to be sold only through authorized dealerships.

Because the electric car manufacturer sells its vehicles directly to consumers, that legislation was seen as important for Arizona in its campaign to get Tesla to build a new $5 billion battery manufacturing plant in the state.

The California-based Tesla is currently considering building the 10 million square foot facility in either Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico or Texas.

According to legislative insiders, the bill will not be voted on one way or the other in the State Senate this session.

By Garry Boulard

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Plans for Readaptive Use Of Historic Phoenix Warehouse Not Yet Known

April 17, 2014 Leave a comment

A brick warehouse that is regarded as the oldest structure of its kind in Phoenix may be preserved and repurposed.

But when that happens has not yet been announced by its owner, Phoenix-based Michael Levine, who has saved and renovated other historic properties in the city.

The Phoenix Feed and Seed Company’s warehouse is at 411 South Second Street in downtown Phoenix and was built in 1905. The 6,600 square-foot structure was later used, after World War II, as a plant for the Arizona Paperbox Company.

The structure is listed on both the Arizona and National Registry of Historic Places.

Levine has said that the building is in need of extensive upgrading, but could be repurposed as office space. The developer has added that because of the size of the property he will need to secure outside funding before it is redeveloped.

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Texas Golf Range Company May Build New Location In El Paso

April 17, 2014 Leave a comment

As part of an overall move to expand its operations in Texas, Top Golf International may soon build its first site in El Paso.

The company, which was founded in 2000 and is based in Dallas, is known for its high-tech golf driving ranges, and currently has locations on Illinois and Virginia, as well as planned sites in Florida and California.

Top Golf locations can include up to 200 individual golf-driving bays. A  recently build site in Houston is on 10 acres, with 65,000 square feet for golfing, as well as two full-service restaurants and bars, and 2,900 square feet of event space.

A representative for Top Golf has confirmed that the company is currently scouting locations for a possible new site in El Paso.

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Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tride to Build New Casino in Arizona

April 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Plans have been announced to build a $40 million casino resort near Prescott, Arizona.

The facility would be owned and operated by the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe and would include roughly 50,000 square foot of gaming space, as well as 60 to 80 hotel rooms, several restaurants, and space for concerts and small events.

The casino will face Arizona Highway 69 on 12 acres at the intersection of Yavpe Connector.

Project engineer and architect for the casino is Leo Daly, Incorporated of Omaha, Nebraska.

Current plans call for construction on the casino to begin this fall, with a completion date of spring 2016. Once the new casino is built, the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe, whose reservation is in central Yavapai County, would close two smaller casinos it currently operates.

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New Homeless Day Center Proposed for Denver

April 16, 2014 Leave a comment

A new $8.6 million homeless day center may soon be built in Denver’s Ballpark neighborhood near the city’s Central Business District.

The facility is slated to go up at 2222 Lawrence Street on land that is adjacent to the current headquarters of the Denver Rescue Mission.

A first hurdle for the project has been overcome with the vote by members of the Denver City Council approving the sale of the land for the center.

The facility will house meeting space, restrooms, and a courtyard. It will be operated by the Denver Rescue Mission.

According to statistics, the homeless population in Denver has in recent years been on the increase. Area missions say they house more than 500 homeless people every night.

The project has generated opposition from nearby residents, including the Ballpark Neighborhood Association, which has said it is concerned that the center will increase the number of homeless people in the area.

If the Denver City Council gives its final approval to the project later this month, construction on the center could begin in late 2014.

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Sandwich Retailer to Build Outlets in El Paso

April 15, 2014 Leave a comment

The national Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches may soon be building up to eight locations in El Paso.

Based in Chicago, the chain was founded in 1983 and has so far opened more than 1,800 shops in 43 states. The sizes of each outlet varies but are generally 1,200 to 1,800 square feet and include space for a kitchen, prep counter, restrooms and a small amount of seating.

Jimmy John’s currently has more than 50 stores in Texas, including just over a dozen in Houston alone.

According to the real estate plans for the company, outlets are only built in cities with populations of more than 25,000, and usually in areas with a lot of daytime traffic, usually in a central business district or near a college.

An El Paso franchiser for the chain hopes to see the opening of a new store within the next year, with the rest to follow later.

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Design of $123 Million Arizona Water Plant Expected This Summer

April 15, 2014 Leave a comment

Plans are continuing on schedule for the construction of a new $123 million water plant in Mesa, Arizona.

The facility will go up on some 109 acres near the intersection of Elliott and Signal Butte roads, and is intended to serve the growing population on the southeastern side of the city.

Funding for the project will come from a $202 million bond program passed by voters in 2012, and will include $66 million for pipes and other infrastructure connected to the plant.

Upon completion the Signal Butte water treatment plant will process water from the nearby Colorado River that flows into Mesa by way of the Central Arizona Project canal.

Mesa officials say they would like to see the design of the plant by this summer with construction beginning in late 2015. Plans call for the plant to be operational by 2018.

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