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Major SW Tucson Development Gets New Life

By Murphy Woodhouse Arizona Daily Star - Updated Oct 25, 2016

A 645-acre residential and commercial development south of Valencia Road near Ryan Airfield, which was idled during the Great Recession, has been revived.

The Pomegranate development could have as many as 2,658 homes in an area that county officials say has increasing interest.

“We are seeing growth out there,” said county planning official Chris Poirier.

Residential development trends have also been positive across Tucson, which has seen foreclosures fall and new home permits rise over the last year, the Star reported in July.

Dean Wingert, of Crown West Land Group, which purchased the foreclosed properties from lenders, said building at several nearby subdivisions, as well as a large land purchase in the area by another developer, were a part of what made Pomegranate attractive. Planned roadway improvements in the area were also a perk.

The original plan for Pomegranate, created “during a time when the real estate market was booming,” doesn’t match today’s market, according to a letter from the development’s designer. That’s why Crown West and its planning consultant, LVA Urban Design Studio, applied for substantial changes that were recently approved by the Board of Supervisors by a 4-1 vote.

Wingert said there are steps remaining before construction could begin, which he estimated could be as far out as 2018. He also said, “We’re open for a new name. There are no pomegranates out there.”

Among the major changes are decreased density — the original plan mandated a minimum residence count of 3,116, nixing requirements that all homes be within a certain distance of commercial services, the removal of a number of sustainability standards dealing with solar power and grey water , and mandated multi-story compact development.

“It was kind of urban planning but in a suburban setting,” Wingert said.

“We just don’t see that type of development in more rural settings,” Poirier said. “You’ll see that within the city, maybe downtown, or the University of Arizona. That was just not a very pragmatic.”

But Supervisor Richard Elías was a fan of some of the original standards, which is why he voted for the plan in 2009 and was the lone “no” vote against the proposed changes.

“They’re stripping all the good stuff out, reducing density, making it less usable for people with limited income,” he said. “I realize that they’ve had a very difficult time economically, but we have to be concerned about the quality of our communities.”

Beyond issues of sustainability and affordability, Elías said the lower density could make it more difficult to justify expanding public transit to the area.

Poirier said the changes for Pomegranate are part of a larger effort to work with developers who have picked up the land with specific plans as market conditions change.

“As long as they’re not increasing the yield, we think that we could be flexible,” he said, referring to attempts to upzone, or increase development density. “We’re responsive to changing times, and we’re trying to stay ahead of things.”

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Lennar Homes Joins Other Home Builders at Gladden Farms MPC

Just as the Gladden Farms Elementary School opened for classes this week, Lennar Homes purchased 60 SFR lots at Homestead at Gladden Farms for $2.64 Million ($44,000 per lot) from Crown West Realty (Dean Wingert, member). Richmond American Homes and Lennar will both be building at this subdivision, called Homestead.

Gladden Farms is a 1,350-acre master planned community in northern Marana, just west of Interstate 10 between Tangerine and Moor Roads. There are currently 1,300 SFR homes built in Gladden Farms and 277 lots currently under development. With four homebuilders active in the community, makes it is one of the most active communities in the Northwest submarket.

KB Homes at Somerset at Gladden Farms is down to its last five lots of 148 homesites. Meritage Homes at Compass Pointe at Gladden Farms has 89 homesites; while Richmond American with 58 homesites and Lennar with its newly acquired 60 homesites at Homestead at Gladden Farms under development, round out the home builders in Gladden Farms.

Plans call for a total of approximately 3,600 homes with a price range of $180,000 to $400,000. With approximately 320 acres set aside for parks, open areas, trails and the Gladden Farms Elementary School. Located in the Marana Unified School District, the school is open for grades K-6 and is the first computer science immersion school in Arizona.

Currently, Gladden Farms offers over 105 acres of parks and open space and 8-miles of landscaped trails which connect to the major regional Santa Cruz River Linear Park system. Future phases will further expand the park areas and trail systems along with additional recreational, picnic, and sports facilities throughout the community.

The 16-acre Gladden Farms Community Park includes Little League fields, soccer fields, restroom facilities, shaded picnic areas, separate play structures for elementary age and older children and the largest splash pad in Southern Arizona with restrooms, shaded seating and drinking fountains. A pedestrian underpass under Tangerine Farms Road takes pedestrians and bicyclists safely to the park, bypassing the major intersection.

The Marana Heritage River Park hosts 40 community garden plots for residents, a ramada pavilion and grill, and a wedding and event venue. Over 45 acres of additional land have been deeded to the Town of Marana for their planned Heritage River park improvements, which will create Maranas’s largest regional recreation and event facility. Marana’a Annual Cotton Festival is held at the Heritage River Park every October.

Designated commercial development areas will include a grocery store, retail stores, a medical campus, office buildings and other services.

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Click Distributing nearly doubles space

Wine, beer, and hard alcohol distributor Click Distributing East has nearly doubled its square footage after moving to new space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, at 3808 N. Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley. Terry Nichols, Click Distributing co-owner and general manager, says the company moved in September to its 40,000-square-foot space in the industrial park from a 21,000-square foot space in the same complex. “We were already tight in our old space and just couldn’t take on any more product,” Nichols says. The distributor now has 4,000 square feet of refrigeration space, compared with its previous 1,200-square-foot cooler. Click Distributing East, locally owned since 2002, has a total of 31 employees, with 16 full-time sales representatives taking orders from across Eastern Washington and North Idaho, Nichols says. He says the beverage market in the Pacific Northwest—fueled by dramatic changes in the food market—made it necessary for the company to secure more space. “Seattle and Portland have the highest craft beer sales in the U.S.,” Nichols contends. “The food and beverage culture has evolved tremendously in our area and that has been a direct result of so many innovators in both industries.” He adds, “This is a rich climate and a diverse climate agriculturally, and we’re starting to see that really take hold in food and beverage.” —Kevin Blocker - See more at: http://www.spokanejournal.com/local-news/small-bus...

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Click Distributing East relocates to new bigger distribution center

Inland Northwest Business Watch

SPOKANE, WA- The wine and craft beer industry continues to be a strong spot in our local economy, which likely plays a big part in the recent relocation and expansion of Click Distributing East's distribution center and office's in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park. However they didn't move very far, Click moved from building 18 to building 29 still in the Business Park. But there space is now much larger, in fact the new space is almost double the size of their old space. Click had occupied 21,000 square feet and now has 40,000 square feet.

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Avesis signs lease for 55,000+ SF at Corporate Center

AZ Big Media

PHOENIX, AZ- Cushman & Wakefield has announced that locally based Crown West Realty has leased 55,501 square feet to Avesis Inc. for the new tenant’s corporate headquarters at Corporate Center, located at 10400 N. 25th Ave.

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Lamination Technologies Industries Inc.

Journal of Business

Real Estate Roundup
Compiled by Mike McLean / mikem@spokanejournal.com

SPOKANE - Lamination Technologies Industries Inc., a White City, Ore.-based manufacturer of laminated panels, doors, and decorative components, has leased 40,000 square feet of space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, at 3808 N. Sullivan Road, and has moved its Spokane-area operations there from similiar-sized quarters at 1611 N. Molter Road. Chase Breckner of Crown West Realty LLC, handled the lease.

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Shower Enclosures opens new distribution center

Journal of Business
Real Estate Roundup
Compiled by Mike McLean / mikem@spokanejournal.com

SPOKANE - Hoskin & Muir Inc., a Livermore, Calif.-based specialty distributor doing business as HMI/Cardinal Shower Enclosures, has leased 13,300 square feet of space for a new distribution center in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, at 3808 N. Sullivan Road.. Chase Breckner of Crown West Realty LLC, handled the lease.

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Cosentino Center to move to larger quarters in Valley

Journal of Business

Real Estate Roundup
Compiled by Mike McLean / mikem@spokanejournal.com

SPOKANE - C&C North America Inc., a Sugarland, Texas-based distributor and retailer of natural and manufactured stone surfaces, doing business here as Cosentino Center, has leased 22,600 square feet of space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, at 3808 N. Sullivan, and plans to move its Spokane Valley operations there in August from smaller quarters at 10717 E. Montgomery Drive. Chase Breckner of Crown West Realty LLC, handled the transaction.

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Hytest Safety leases Sullivan Road site

The Spokesman Review


Treva Lind, correspondent

The Dirt:

BC Sales Co., doing business as Hytest Safety Footwear, has leased about 1,250 square feet of space at 3012 N., Sullivan Road, in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park. The company provides industrial safety footwear and safety supply sales.

Chase Breckner of Spokane BUsiness & Industrial Park assisted with the lease..

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Spokane Industries taps niche

Journal of Business
By Kim Crompton

SPOKANE, WA-Spokane Industries, Inc., the longtime castings and metal fabricated product manufacturer here, says it's experiencing mostly steady sales growth companywide and finding encouraging market expansion opportunities in its custom stainless steel fabrication division.

In particular, it points to the successes it's had to date in tapping niche demand for large beverage tanks that it's producing for storing and processing wine, beer, and spirits, and for its mobile aviation vacuum fuel drain systems.

One of its newest products targeting the wine industry is the CleanSweep No Entry Fermenter, which it makes available on tanks of 25-ton capacity or larger. The system enhances worker safety and improves efficiency, the company says, by removing pulpy grape residue mechanically with the touch of a button, eliminating the need for workers to enter the tanks and clean them manually.

Introduced two years ago with a 10-tank installation at the 14 Hands Winery in Prosser, Wash., Spokane Industries says it now is fabricating eight more tanks for 14 Hands and seeing strong demand for the product from other sizable wineries.

"We think it's truly a groundbreaking product," says Greg Tenold, president of Spokane Industries. "These tanks are just plain more efficient."

Meanwhile, the company says it also is seeing a lot of strong customer demand for its SealVac Vacuum Fuel Drain System, which is a mobile unit designed to drain fuel from military and commercial aircraft quickly and with no fuel spills.

"We see it as a big market oversees," Tenold says.

To be sure, these two products - both manufactured in its metal products division, where the company does custom stainless steel fabrication work - still represent just a fraction of its total production. That division also manufactures other products, and the company has two other divisions - steel castings and precision castings - that continue to produce components for a broad range of industrial and defense applications.

In fact, the steel castings division, which is the company's oldest division, still generates about two-thirds of the company's revenue. The division focuses on making metal castings of parts for the construction, mining, and transportation industries, among others.

Tenold declined to discuss the company's revenues, but says that aside from a couple of years over the last decade or so, "In general, we've experienced good steady growth in all three of our divisions."

Spokane Industries occupies a total of about 265,000 square feet of space in five buildings in the northeast corner of the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, at 3808 N. Sullivan. It now employs 269 people, which is down slightly from 278 last year, but up from about 250 10 years ago, when it reported annual sales of more than $26 million.

The company was founded here in 1952 as Spokane Steel Foundry by the late John C. Tenold to provide quality castings to mines, ore mills, and the lumber and construction industries. It moved to the Spokane Industrial Park in 1965. It established the metal products division in 1978 and changed its name to Spokane Industries in 1981 to better reflect its two divisions. It created the precision castings division in 1991 to provide what are called investment castings - often small wear parts, formed using wax and ceramic molds - for commercial, medical, industrial, and manufacturing applications.

The company now is owned by three of the founder's sons - Greg, Bob, and Tyrus. Bob is company chairman, and Tyrus is president of the casting division.

"We run it as a board. It's run collectively," Greg Tenold says.

The company says on its website that, along with its second-generation ownership, it also has many second- and third-generation employees.

Though Spokane Industries uses longtime processes for much of its metal fabrication work, Tenold says it employees a large team of engineers, invests continuously in research and product development, and has been awarded numerous patents.

Of its steady emphasis on innovation, he says, "It's part of our culture. It's definitely not top down. It's, 'How can we make things better?'"

In its metal products division, it has been making large custom stainless steel tanks for years, but division manager Nate Batson says the CleanSweep No Entry Fermenter targeted at the wine industry is "a unique product we have that no one else has."

It uses a precisely engineered sweep arm, driven by a hydraulic motor-gearbox combination, to remove sediment from the large tanks and to make tank-cleaning a one-person job, he says. Since the cleaning operation is done from outside the tank, workers no longer are exposed to hazards associated with breathing concentrated carbon-dioxide in a confined space.

Although the company has been producing custom stainless steel tanks for years for things such as wine, beer, spirits, water, and industrial chemicals, it says it's just starting to produce them for the dairy industry, and Tenold says, "We're placing a big emphasis on that."

As for its SealVac Vacuum Fuel Drain System, Spokane Industries says it's hoping to continue to expand sales commercially and overseas after having established strong relationships with military customers.

"It took us a long time to get the Air Force comfortable with attaching something to their aircraft (that can quickly drain fuel), but they've come to learn that it's very safe, and it's very efficient and it's a great time save for them," Tenold says.

The SealVac attaches to aircraft sump points with drain tools that use a compressed air-generated vacuum seal. The drain hose that attaches to the system is able to drain fuel into a holding tank much faster than gravity, potentially saving hours of time that an aircraft is idled for maintenance, Tenold and Batson say. It also prevents the fuel from spilling onto maintenance workers' clothing or skin, thereby eliminating a potential health hazard, they say.

Spokane Industries says users of its SealVac system include virtually all U.S. military branches, some foreign countries' air forces, and a sizable number of major aircraft manufacturers and air carriers.

Other related products it makes include the SealVac Plus Vacuum Fuel Drain and Recovery System, which filters drained fuel for reuse; a HandiFueler Ground Support Service Card, which is designed to service aircraft fuel, fluid, and tire needs in a single trip; and the HandiFueler Helicopter Maintenance Cart.

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