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Business Briefcase - April 12, 2017

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Shane McOwen's picture

Feast your eyes, everyone, on another edition of the Business Briefcase hot off the presses.

I hope everyone is all sorted out for tax day! I’m sure many Briefcase readers out there occupy the same boat as I, and haven’t quite finished the job yet. What can I say? I’m busy scouring the West Valley to bring you business news. I don’t have time for silly ventures, like sleep, eating or taxes.

The law requires me to do one of those three, so it’s possible I’ll be filling out some forms at the same time you’re reading this.

If you were allowed to bet on such things, I’d wager there aren’t too many CPAs out on vacation this week. I won’t place a bet, though, because it’s illegal, and I wouldn’t want to have to add it to my tax forms anyway.

Let’s get down to business, shall we?

We’ve got some news out in Avondale. Marriott International and Virtua Partners are planning to build a SpringHill Suites hotel near the Gateway shopping complex at 99th Avenue and McDowell Road, just north of Costco.

The hotel will be part of a 58-acre mixed-use site that will eventually have additional commercial and residential structures on it. The SpringHill Suites at this location will be a 130-room hotel.

The project still needs to go through the proper channels with the city of Avondale, but the companies involved expect construction to begin in November.

The entire project, including the residential and other commercial spots, is called Virtua 99. Two lots are designated for multifamily use (i.e. apartment buildings), two for commercial use, including the hotel project, and a large lot for single family residential structures.

Anyone interested in these future developments would do well to check out Avondale’s meeting schedule and take in the discussion.

Out in Goodyear, the Fry’s Food and Drug is getting somewhat of a facelift. A parking-lot lift, if you will.

The grocery store, at 16380 W. Yuma Road, will be getting a solar canopy covering its parking lot. The solar shade will cover two acres and consist of 3,250 solar panels — enough to provide Fry’s with 53 percent of the store’s yearly power demand.

Fry’s is teaming up with Affordable Solar for the project. The panels are expected to be up and running in May.

The Learning Experience Palm Valley has broken ground at 3090 N. Litchfield Road in Goodyear, just south of the relatively new King of Kings Church building.

The Learning Experience is now enrolling children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old, and focuses on cognitive, physical and social education and care principles.

The Learning Center first opened in 1980 in Boca Raton, Fla., and has expanded to 19 states. There are two other locations in Arizona, in Mesa and Gilbert.

For information or to enroll, visit thelearningexpereince.com.

Unless you’re up to speed with future Avondale developments, or are a big NASCAR fan, you may not be aware of the upcoming renovations set to hit Phoenix International Raceway.

The racetrack is scheduled to get new grandstands along Turn 2, among other structural upgrades.

Avondale (yes, PIR should really be AIR according to geography) approved the site plan application in December 2016. The Briefcase will keep an eye on the project, keeping a lookout for a more detailed timeframe when the changes are expected to be implemented.

That’s all for this week, folks.

As always, send your tips, questions or comments by email to smcowen@westvalleyview.com, or by Twitter @ShaneMcOwen.

Have a great week!

 

Shane McOwen can be reached at smcowen@westvalleyview.com or on Twitter @ShaneMcOwen.

 



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