Mission candidates split on path forward; unite on wanting action at Gateway

first_imgSteve Schowengerdt and Dave Shepard receive congratulations after the candidate debate Thursday.The one issue that seemed to unite candidates at a Mission forum Thursday night is that something needs to happen at the East Gateway development. Taking criticism from a number of directions was developer Tom Valenti who won council approval in January 2013 for a financing package but has not started substantial development.Both mayoral candidates, Steve Schowengerdt and Dave Shepard put the Gateway on their list of critical initiatives. Schowengerdt called it the “black hole.” He believes Valenti to be an honest man, he said, but out for himself. “There is a lot of talk, but never any action.” Shepard also said Gateway needs to get going but he believes the development agreement and liens protect the city’s investment.Council candidates Will Vandenberg and Bill Nichols also were critical of the development process. Vandenberg said the Gateway is a “black eye” for Mission and he just wants to hear it is done or sold to another developer.Other areas brought different opinions. Schowengerdt and Shepard both listed completing Johnson Drive as a priority, but Schowengerdt said “the private sector is the answer.” If the city really wanted to help, he said, “they would get out of the way and let the private sector take over.” Schowengerdt also contended the city has a “spending problem” and he criticized the form-based code system and what he referred to as the “driveway tax” for being bad for business.Shepard said the city has taken action when it was necessary to repair infrastructure and avoid blight. When the floodplain was redrawn “we chose to take action.” He said the city’s debt is $42 million, not the $56 million that opponents had contended. That will drop into the 30s by end of the year, he said. “When we have crumbling infrastructure, that would be great if the private sector would step in, but the city has to take care of stormwater and roads,” Shepard said. “When the roof has to be replaced, you have to take action.”Both mayoral candidates predicted that business investment in Johnson Drive would return after the street is reconstructed. Shepard said overflow parking needs to be provided that will accommodate owners and employees and the city should confer with businesses about regulations for parking along the street. Schowengerdt said downtown will always have a premium on parking and businesses have told him they need employee parking space other than in front of the stores.Shepard also listed an update of the community vision among his priorities, calling it the “city’s roadmap.” Schowengerdt said getting businesses back on Johnson Drive is a priority.A full house attended the session, hosted by the Northeast Johnson Chamber of Commerce, at the Sylvester Powell Community Center.Read more about council candidates later today.last_img read more

CBRE Completes $18.4M Sale of Rimrock at ASU Research Park

first_img“Rimrock is an excellent investment opportunity in Tempe and in one of most prominent business parks in the metro area,” said CBRE’s Glenn Smigiel. “ASU Research Park benefits from a unique partnership shared with Arizona State University which aids in fostering tenant growth by providing direct access to ground-breaking research, educational opportunities, faculty, and a young, educated technology minded workforce.” Rimrock is situated in ASU Research Park which is located at Elliot Road and the 101 Freeway in Tempe. The 320-acre business park is considered one of the most notable business addresses in the Phoenix metropolitan area and is home to numerous corporate headquarters and R&D facilities providing a corporate and technology hub for southeast Phoenix. CBRE has negotiated the sale of the leasehold interest in Rimrock at ASU Research Park in Tempe, Ariz. The two-building, ±83,764 SF office complex located at 2030 and 2050 E. ASU Cir. in Tempe. commanded a sale price of $18.4M. The project was 93 percent leased at time of sale. Bob Young, Steve Brabant, Glenn Smigiel and Rick Abraham with CBRE’s Phoenix office in conjuncture with Craig Coppola, Andrew Cheney, Bill Blake and Colton Trauter with Lee & Associates brokered the transaction on behalf of the seller, Rimrock Investors II of Phoenix. The buyer was Las Vegas, Nev.-based W Tempe, LLC. Developed in 2007 by Rimrock Partners (Dean Riesen, Managing Partner and Ron Moore, Partner), the two building office complex is leased to three tenants, including Iridium Satellite, a global mobile satellite company; KINETX, an engineering, technology, software development and business consulting firm specializing in aerospace systems; and Comsys Information Technology Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Manpower, Inc. Rimrock sits on ±10.10 acres and is comprised of two class A office buildings totaling ±25,457 square feet (2030 Building) and ±58,307 square feet (2050 Building) that also include flex and R&D space for the current tenants. last_img read more

Alphington Grammar facilities get 13m revamp

first_imgAlphinton Grammar will soon be equipped with a state of the art science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) building as part of a $3.8 billion investment from the government.Minister for Families & Children, Early Childhood Education, and Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos visited Alphington Grammar School last week to initiate the construction of the new facilities, a project that has received $1.29 million.In an aim to make Victoria the “Education State”, the Andrews government wants to ensure that students can thrive in the 21st century and that can only be achieved by giving STEM subjects enough focus.“The skills our young people need to thrive in this new world are changing too, and STEM − science, technology, engineering and maths − is an increasingly vital part of that,” Ms Jenny Mikakos said.“Alphington Grammar attracts a large number of local kids and making this investment makes sure they will continue to have access to a great local school.”“This brand new, state-of-the-art building is another example of how we’re making Victoria the Education State and providing the investments needed to give every student – regardless of where they live, or the school they go to – the very best start in life.”Alphington Grammar is one of the many Victorian schools benefiting from the overall $120 million Capital Funding Program for Non-Government Schools which has seen more than 86 projects receive funding to build and upgrade Catholic and independent schools across the state.“We are all extremely excited to have such an engaging learning environment to look forward to,” Dr Vivianne Nikou the school’s Principal added.“This project is the result of several years of planning and collaboration to ensure that Alphington students will be work place ready. With predictions that 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations will require STEM skills, these new facilities will allow students, staff and external STEM professionals to work on real issues igniting curiosity and inspiring entrepreneurship”.Victoria’s school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more