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A Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Kingdom Hall is planned at 40675 W. Honeycutt Road and received its commercial permit, valued at $793,000. Contractor is Sutherland Construction Company.

Volkswagen, 20053 N. Murphy Road, continues work on its new electric-vehicle charging station, receiving a commercial structural permit and a major electrical permit, which was valued at $1 million. It also received a permit for a hydrant flow test.

Buff City Soap, describing itself as a “soap makery,” received a permit to do some non-residential demolition for its new location in a storefront at 21101 N. John Wayne Parkway

Omni Storage, 42200 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway, a planned self-storage company off Stonegate Road, also ran a hydrant flow test as it moves forward with construction.

Mountain Trace Development, planning an apartment complex at 41337 N. Shea Way, received a permit for a hydrant flow test for its 5.83 acres at Oasis at the Wells, between Walmart and Banner Health.

A+ Charter School, a planned high school in Glennwilde, received a permit to run a hydrant flow test at 41949 W. Barcelona Drive. It has scheduled a Dec. 4 groundbreaking.

Meritage Homes received a subdivision final plat amendment for 41897 W. Friendly Place on Parcel 10 in Province.

New projects getting their fire sprinkler systems prepped were the electric charging station at Volkswagen, the new location for Domino’s Pizza, 20024 N. John Wayne Parkway, the new location for Mount Moriah Church, 19275 N. Gunsmoke Road, and F.O.R. Maricopa food bank.


This item appears in the November issue of InMaricopa.

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Edison Place is at the corner of John Wayne Parkway and Edison Road. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

 

The newly finished Edison Place on the southeast corner of John Wayne Parkway and Edison Road sold for $4.578 million to K&N Investors, according to county records.

The previous owner and developer of the lot was Signal Healthcare of Paradise Valley. K&N is based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The 9,000-square-foot commercial building is fully occupied by SimonMed Imaging and Heartland Dental.

The sale was brokered by commercial real estate firm Newmark Knight Frank. NKF announced the sale in October. The sale took place Aug. 30. It amounts to $531 per square foot.

“The Maricopa property is an example of how healthcare providers are occupying retail sites for convenient access and visibility for patients,” NKF Managing Director Trisha Talbot said in a media release.


This item appears in the November issue of InMaricopa.

Photo by Kyle Norby

According to City Councilmember Nancy Smith, Walgreens has applied for a tenant improvement permit for the building located west of Walmart on Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway.

Smith posted on her Facebook page the new store “should be opened by the end of the year or first of next.” The application was submitted today, according to City documents, and requires 24 standard inspections.

The shell building was constructed in 2009 on 1.52 acres with the intent to be a drug store, but the ensuing Great Recession halted its development. The current project is to complete interior alterations.

The land at 41840 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway is owned by Maricopa 7 LLC, which purchased it three years ago for a reported $7 million from Maricopa WG LLC. It previously belonged to Shea Maricopa LLC and Homestead Village South, according to county tax records. The commercial area is officially known as Maricopa Power Center The Wells.

An AAMCO is planned among other businesses as part of the redevelopment of a parcel south of Aaron's on John Wayne Parkway.

Business briefs in Maricopa from Aug. 16 to Sept. 15:

AAMCO is building a 4,411-square-foot shop at 20215 N. John Wayne Parkway north of Maricopa Self Storage. It received a commercial permit for the project valued at $595,441 to be built by Henes Construction. It also received permits for turn lane and driveway off John Wayne Parkway and other improvements.

Ground was broken for a La Quinta Inn at Copper Sky Sept. 20. The hotel is planned for 89 rooms in four stories at 44345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The former Pet Club is now Exceptional Pets at 21145 N. John Wayne Parkway. Managed by Bridgette Graeb, the location carries pet supplies and offers salon and spa services, including horse feed and tack.

Seeking to turn an old building in the Heritage District into office space, Gen Systems Inc. received a commercial tenant improvement permit for work at 45115 W. Garvey Ave., a property owned by Maricopa Heritage Pointe.

Heritage Pointe is reworking property in the Heritage District.

Aztec Ventures plans to open a comic book store, gaining a commercial tenant improvement permit for 20800 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 108.

The City of Maricopa filed notice of its plan to adopt new development fees. A public hearing on the matter is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 15 for adoption in November. The proposed maximum development fee on a single-family home is $5,473.

Sacate Pellet Mill put in a fire sprinkler for its northside hay office, a 4,230-square-foot structure at 38743 W. Cowtown Road. It is owned by Red River Cattle Company.

Wendy’s completed its fire hood suppression system and had its permit for a 348-square-foot patio addition before opening Aug. 29 in the former Carl’s Jr. at 21000 N. John Wayne Parkway.

The City granted a permit for Maricopa Police Department to install four shade canopies in its parking lot at 39675 W. Civic Center Plaza. The listed value was $120,000.


This item appears in the October issue of InMaricopa.

Brian Lindblom has opened Mr. E Comics at 20800 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 108. Photo by Kyle Norby

Geeks and nerds, rejoice. A brand-new comic book shop has opened in Maricopa.

Since moving to Maricopa last November, Mr. E Comics owner Brian Lindblom has been working night and day to get his shop off the ground.

“The community here has been awesome,” Lindblom said. “Just the support for things that are local is great.”

Although born in Washington, Brian moved with his family to Phoenix when he was 13 and spent most of his life here.

“I lived in Colorado for a couple of years at the top of the mountains,” Lindblom said. “I was planning on opening a much smaller version of this place out there.”

Located in the Shops at Maricopa Fiesta, Mr. E Comics offers rows upon rows of current issues, vintage titles, trading cards, and collectibles. With such a far-reaching medium of entertainment, Lindblom explained he wants to maintain an open and inviting atmosphere in his store. This includes the plan to eventually host large tabletop/card games events with titles such as, “Magic: The Gathering,” “Pokemon,” and “Yu-Gi-Oh!”

“The geek culture is kind of what I wanted to embrace,” Lindblom explained. “So, I’m sort of going to let the community speak as to what I should hold for events in this store.”

With less of a focus on graphic T’s and posters around the store, Lindblom emphasized wanting to focus on purchasing local art for the walls of the shop, showcasing the talents of local artists.

When asked about the evolution of geek culture becoming mainstream to general audiences, Lindblom said the popularity and interest in Maricopa is very much present.

“The market in this industry is generally older teens and people from 20 to 40 years old,” Lindblom said. “There’s been a significant amount of families who come in, I guess just excited that there is something more for kids than there has been in the past.”

With the comic industry catering to a mainly male audience, Lindblom noted another strong factor for his business the progressive surge of female readers.

“Almost 50 percent or more of the market is women at this point. I have many female customers that come in already,” he said.

With the goal of eventually sponsoring the Esports league and other events around town, Lindblom is excited to be part of the Maricopa business community.

“It’s more the community that gives me a sense of belonging,” Lindblom said. “The way that other businesses come in and want to work with you as opposed to feeling like competition. I feel like that’s how it should be.”

Photo by Victor Moreno

The franchise owner of a planned La Quinta Inn, accompanied by family, partners and city officials, broke ground at Copper Sky Regional Park on Friday morning. Andy Bhakta also turned earth for a hotel in Holbrook this year.

“Last year, we came to the city, it was the weekend. We met Rick [Horst], the city manager. He asked us, first question, how long it takes to build a hotel,” investor Ravikumar Balenalli said during the groundbreaking. “We said, if everything works out, one year. That was last September.”

“We have this beautiful park, and it’s one of the nicest in the state, and yet we don’t have the ability for folks to come and have tournaments here and stay here,” Mayor Christian Price said. “When you start to look at the employers and you start to look at the domino effect that happens, it’s a really big deal.”

Heritage Academy received a new address. Photo by Kyle Norby

 

Domino’s Pizza, 20046 N. John Wayne Parkway, is moving to the former Peñascos location, 20024 N. John Wayne Parkway in The Shops at Maricopa Village. The pizza store received a commercial tenant improvement permit after getting approval to do some demolition work in the new place.

Heritage Academy received a permit for a fire sprinkler system and fire alarm in its A building and a commercial permit for the 16,101-square-foot academic building. It also convinced the city council to allow a name change of its street. Formerly on Lucera Lane, the new charter school is now on Heroes Way in Glennwilde.

Richmond-American Homes started a grading and drainage permit for its driveway extensions at 44307 W. Palo Nuez St. in Palo Brea to accommodate a three-car entry.

Meritage Homes is converting a garage into a sales office at 19769 N. MacNeil Court in Homestead North. Meritage also received a standard plan review for lots in Province. K. Hovnanian Homes was allowed a temporary construction trailer at 46172 W. Mountain View Road in Maricopa Meadows.

Sacate Pellet Mill received a commercial permit for a pre-engineered metal building at 38743 W. Cowtown Road. The new business also received a permit for its fire sprinkler in its hay office.

Apex Motor Club was allowed to place a $35,000 pre-manufactured building on its property at 22408 N. Ralston Road through a factory-built commercial permit. The building is 2,500 square feet.

Sequoia Pathway Academy, 19265 N. Porter Road, used a commercial alteration permit to restore a modular bathroom after work on a mold problem.

The Jamie Brisbin Agency of State Farm moved into office space in Bradley Butz’s building at 19395 N. John Wayne Parkway, received a new tenant final inspection July 24.

In putting in an electric vehicle charging station, Volkswagen received a commercial foundation-only permit as “at risk” at 17169 N. Murphy Road.

Hope Women’s Center, 45978 W. McDavid Road, received a commercial tenant improvement permit for work contracted by Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona.

Simon Med Imaging received a permit for a fire alarm in its new office at 44555 W. Edison Road, Suite B.


This item appears in the September issue of InMaricopa.

Nick Sanchez owns a tattoo business in the Blue Barn, which sits directly south of the railroad tracks and is now on a cul-de-sac instead of a crossing. Photo by Kyle Norby

To say the overpass construction has been complicated for Maricopa citizens and businesses alike would be an understatement.  

The overpass had been a distant dream in many Maricopans minds until the project finally broke ground in late 2017. Numerous local businesses have been affected by the construction, with hightraffic routes being cut off.  

In the early stages of the project, Honeycutt Road was the first long-term road closure, significantly affecting customer traffic for the Maricopa Business Center until the overpass opened in July 

“There were some days that were so slow that I thought I made a mistake,” said Honeycutt Coffee owner Tanya Powers, who purchased the business during the road closures. “Now there has been a lot more foot traffic, and business has been a lot better.”  

With the overpass open to traffic, old John Wayne Parkway’s intersecting roads have been torn up from Hathaway Avenue to Edwards Avenue to develop new routes eliminating vehicular crossing of the railroad tracks. Aside from the inconvenience for local businesses and customers, many owners are claiming they received no warning their businesses would be at a dead end. 

“I think it could have been handled differently,” said Redemption Tattoo owner Nick Sanchez. “It took the whole curb appeal away from a business. I still don’t understand the cul-de-sac thing.” 

ADOT spokesman Steve Elliott said the road plan was developed in collaboration with the railroad and approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission to improve safety. “A key part of the safety benefit comes from eliminating the at-grade crossing next to the overpass while maintaining access to businesses,” he said.

The plan is to re-open the old John Wayne Parkway north of the tracks (now called Maricopa Road) for a direct route under the overpass to Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway. South of the tracks, the road will be a cul-de-sac at Edwards Avenue in front of A-1 Pawn and the Blue Barn.  

Mayor Christian Price has said State Route 347 is owned by ADOT and the matter is out of the city’s hands. Early 3D concept videos created by ADOT in 2017 visualize these routes and plans for SR 347, reinforcing the change wasn’t the city’s choice at that point. 

Jim Shoaf, who runs local food bank Maricopa Pantry, addressed the cul-de-sac issue at a city council meeting in July. 

“I think it’s a shame that the powersthatbe can actually command the city to do what I think is not in the best interest of the city,” Shoaf said. “I think it’s going to hurt small businesses in that area.”


This story appears in the September issue of InMaricopa.

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Photo by Victor Moreno

By Fran Lyons

Vernon St. John
Age: 73
Hometown: Tolleson
Resides in: Hidden Valley
Education: ASU
Family: Wife Lynn; daughters Lesley and Verna; granddaughter Anastasia
Pets: American bulldog Diesel

A third-generation Arizonan, Vernon St. John was born in Phoenix and has worked with cattle all his life.

“I can remember feeding the cows before I was 5 years old, and when I drove the tractor, I couldn’t even reach the clutch,” St. John said with a big smile.

The owner of St. John Farm Fresh Meat, selling ranch-to-table beef, recalled his first memories of life on his family’s dairy farm on the west side of the Valley. St. John was raised on the farm and worked with his father, who mentored him in every step of the process of cultivating and caring for livestock.

“Cows are a lot smarter than you think,” St. John said. “You just have to be very careful when they get angry or irritable. You don’t want to be around kicking cows.”

St. John left the farm and went into the Army and overseas to Vietnam. The skills he learned added new possibilities to his life and livelihood going forward.

“I went into the service as a heavy-equipment operator. When I told my superiors that I had worked in a bank and could type, I was assigned to the job of financing clerk,” he said.

After leaving the service, St. John returned to Arizona and enrolled in college. There, he met his wife, Lynn, who was also a student at the school. The couple each went in different directions, career-wise, when they started their life together.

Lynn joined the world of business as a banker.

“I was a city girl who happened to love animals” she said.

Vernon immersed himself in the agricultural industry, doing what he loved to do, working with animals – cattle to be specific – and ranching.

He wears a variety of hats and is an expert in multiple aspects of his industry. One primary arena is cattle breeding via artificial insemination or AI. He has been employed at Select Sires for over 33 years as a certified AI specialist, sales representative and educator/instructor of programs.

“I trained people how to breed cows,” he said.

Select Sires is an agricultural cooperative that provides livestock breeders with a superior genetics program offering AI techniques and optimal reproduction outcomes. “AI isn’t always easy. It’s a science and everything has to be just right for calves to be born with ease and become healthy and strong,” St. John said.

The St. Johns, along with their two daughters, moved to Maricopa in 2004, establishing their 19-acre cattle ranch in Hidden Valley. St. John developed a program to raise cattle for beef that was analyzed by the U of A College of Agriculture & Life Science to be much lower than average in cholesterol. He did this by implementing the animals’ diet with chelated vitamins and minerals as well as high quality alfalfa and barley feed.

“I recommend using grains over grass for feed. It creates good marbling and flavor yet still maintains the health benefits of being lower in cholesterol,” St. John said. “This product is available for purchase here at the ranch.”

Photo by Victor Moreno

St. John Farm Fresh Meat sells:

  • Ground beef
  • Rib steaks
  • T-bone steaks
  • NY strip steak
  • Round steak
  • Tri-tip
  • Beef tenderloin
  • Top sirloin roast
  • Brisket
  • Chuck roast
  • Shoulder roast
  • BBQ ribs
  • Short ribs
  • Bones

St. John is also working on the concept of a “Farm to Grill” co-op. It involves investing in an animal raised for beef from birth to harvest. It includes a purchase fee for the animal and a fee per month for feed until product is ready for market.

This concept will revolve around the development of a breeding program utilizing the prized and rare Akaushi breed of cattle from Japan. “It is very similar to Kobe beef; we just don’t feed them beer,” he said.

The plan is to breed from embryos that are Akaushi DNA source verified and grow certified Akaushi cattle in the next 18 months. Superb quality, tenderness and flavor are the hallmarks of this ranch-to-table product. American-grown Akaushi cattle are predicted to revolutionize the beef industry and produce an extraordinary dining experience.

602-376-8475


This story appears in the August issue of InMaricopa.

Photo by Kyle Norby

Maricopa Water and Ice celebrated its first 15 years with a party Saturday as customers got deals, freebies and service by special guest scoopers Mayor Christian Price and Vice Mayor Henry Wade. The shop opened in 2004 selling bottled water and serving up ice cream, shaved ice and other frozen treats as well as candy.

Related: Water and Ice a throwback to simpler times

 

True Grit Tavern. File photo

Thirty-one of 34 establishments inspected by Pinal County Environmental Health Department in the Maricopa area from June 16 through July 17 received excellent marks. Two were found to be satisfactory, and one received the cautionary mark “needs improvement” because of a refrigeration problem.

True Grit Tavern received the “N” rating when the inspector found raw meats in the prep fridge at higher temperatures than the required maximum 41 degrees F. According to the report, fish was at 50 degrees, chicken and hamburger patties at 46 degrees and shrimp at 44 degrees. An embargo notice was signed to discard the food. The inspector also noted a floor drain not working and bad lighting in the prep area, circumstances that could not be corrected immediately.

Meanwhile, Denny’s and Say Sushi received “S” ratings. Say Sushi also had a cold-holding problem with its walk-in refrigerator, with cream cheese, rolls, dumplings and tofu cheese stored at 47 degrees, resulting in an embargo. At Denny’s, a small prep unit had lettuce, tomatoes and liquid eggs at 45 degrees, and a walk-in cooler had hash browns at 45 degrees. Both situations were remedied during inspection.

EXCELLENT [No violations found]
99 Cents Only
Arby’s
Bashas’
Bashas’ – AFC Sushi
Bashas’ – Bakery
Bashas’ – Deli
Bashas’ – Starbucks
Circle K (east)
Circle K (east) Made to Go
Copa Craze
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Francisco’s Mexican Food
Fry’s Marketplace
Fry’s Marketplace – Bakery
Fry’s Marketplace – Deli
Fry’s Marketplace – Starbucks
Fry’s Marketplace – Sushi
Good Donuts
IHOP
Jack in the Box
Jersey Mike’s Subs
Native Grill & Wings
Plaza Bonita
Panda Express
Starbucks
Subway
Tacos ‘N’ More
Walmart
Walmart – Bakery
Walmart – Deli
Yogurt Jungle

SATISFACTORY [Violations corrected during inspection]
Denny’s
Say Sushi

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT [Critical items noted during inspection cannot be corrected immediately requiring follow-up inspection]
True Grit Tavern

UNACCEPTABLE [Gross, unsanitary conditions necessitating the discontinuation of service]
None

 

The former Carl's Jr. is transforming into a Wendy's. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

 

Wendy’s received the go-ahead for commercial tenant improvements to the former Carl’s Jr. at 21000 N. John Wayne Parkway. That project was valued at $100,000. The building is being redone by Andrews Design Group with construction carried out by Burke Construction.

Abbott+Taylor LLC is making tenant improvements for a new ASUI medical office at 21300 N. John Wayne Parkway, a 1,991-square-foot office in Maricopa Professional Village in Cobblestone Fiesta.

Edison Family Dental Care, 44555 N. John Wayne Parkway, opened its doors in Suite A of the new building with two dentists on staff.

Volkswagen is adding an electric-vehicle charging station in its parking lot at 20053 N. Murphy Road.

Anderson-Palmisano Farms entered a development agreement with the City of Maricopa to create a planned area development on its acres bound by Hartman, Bowlin, Murphy and Farrell roads in east Maricopa.

The City of Maricopa received a commercial permit for its new administration building for the Maricopa Fire/Medical Department, 45695 W. Edison Road. It is valued at $1.8 million. MFMD will also add a $1 million fire-apparatus storage bay to the maintenance facility. Willmeng Construction is the contractor.

Maricopa Unified School District received commercial permits for eight factory-built buildings that will temporarily house 16 classes at Maricopa High School, which is over capacity. MUSD also received a permit for a modular restroom. Each was valued at $88,900.

Secate Pellet Mill, 38743 W. Cowtown Road, is installing a sprinkler system for fire suppression in its new warehouse/office building.

Sunshine Family Healthcare Center received its final inspection as a new tenant at 19756 N. John Wayne Parkway in the Duke Plaza.

Maricopa Family Dentistry, 44480 W. Honeycutt Road, received a permit for commercial alterations to the 2,244-square-foot space to add two suites. The contractor is WeBuildIt Construction.

Trend Salon & Spa, 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road, had its grand opening June 21. Brakes Plus had a grand opening and ribbon-cutting July 18.

K Hovnanian opened a model home sales office at 17819 N. Miller Way in Maricopa Meadows. It received a permit for a 50-foot flagpole as well.

Lennar Homes is opening sales/construction offices at 44767 W. Rhea Road and 44781 W. Rhea Road in Alterra South. Meritage Homes placed a construction office a 21226 N. Jubilee Place in Province.


This item appears in the August issue of InMaricopa.

Lennar Homes has a sales office and construction office in Alterra.

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Photos by Kyle Norby

More than 50 employers met with potential employees Wednesday morning at the annual Maricopa Job Fair at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino’s new ballroom. Businesses from Maricopa, Pinal County and beyond touted their open positions to a crowd of job-seekers.

Photo by Kyle Norby

By Jim Headley

When Jiffy Lube opened its doors this year, it brought eight jobs to Maricopa.

“This location was ideal due to population growth and the need for our services,” company spokesperson Jodi Stiles said. “This Jiffy Lube is a multicare location, which allows them to perform all the normal maintenance in addition to mechanical repairs, with the exception of transmission and engine replacement.”

Stiles said the Maricopa shop, which is 2,900 square feet, also offers tires.

The new location’s eight employees include manager Patrick Hance.

“He has been with us over nine years and comes with great experience. He is also a resident of Maricopa and takes great pride in assisting guests to help maintain their vehicles in his community,” said Stiles.

Maricopa’s Jiffy Lube location is on Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway, just west of Walmart.

“Our goal is to provide a service for our guests at a fair and honest price as we help them maintain their vehicles,” she said.

Jiffy Lube has been in Arizona 27 years and has 52 locations in the state.

 

Jiffy Lube
Where: 42100 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy.
Hours: M-F 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sa-Su 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Phone: 520-635-6257

Hailee, Corinne Lee Myers, Kandice Pyper, Briana Brennan and Sophie Del Cotto. Photo by Kyle Norby

By Fran Lyons

Celebrating their May 25 grand opening, Earthwise Pet Supply of Maricopa launched its Nutrition Center & Wellness Spa for dogs and cats, aka fur babies.

This new business located in The Shops at Maricopa Fiesta is a one-of-a-kind place offering an array of services and products.

Two full-time, professional groomers are available in the Spa to pamper and style pets (cats included). A unique self-bathing station, fully equipped with everything you need to wash and dry your pet, is in-store for your convenience. The staff will even clean up the mess.

“Our team genuinely cares about animals. We all love to engage with our furry friends,” said team member Sophie Del Cotto. “We’re here for your pet, and you, the pet parent.”

A coalition of locally owned and operated stores, Earthwise Pet Supply’s first store was established in California in 1977. It is a company committed to excellence. Their mission is to better the lives of pets and their owners through proper education, exceptional customer service, all-natural products and green business practices.

“Earthwise Pet Supply of Maricopa is a family business that shares the love of our fur families and the joy they bring to our lives,” said Kandice Pyper, the “hands-on” store owner.

Trained by an Earthwise Pet Supply representative, each team member at the shop takes a weeklong food course and is very knowledgeable about the specific brands and products offered.

“Our goal is to provide our customers with an exceptional, informative and beneficial experience,” Pyper said. “We’ll guide you through the process of selecting a diet program specifically for your pet. We do our best to assure that our animal companions are healthy, happy pets. After all, they’re part of the family.”

All the nutritional products available at the store have been selected from a handful of suppliers, including longstanding family companies passed down from generation to generation. There are special discounts for military members and seniors.

“The products we offer are all natural and sourced in the USA,” Pyper said. “We like to support other small businesses just as Maricopa is supporting us. You don’t have to worry where our food comes from. Earthwise Pet Supply does the research for you and adheres to the highest standards. You can now confidently shop locally for the best nutritional pet products available.”

Originally from Canada, Pyper has years of experience with animals. She worked at a pet resort for 10 years and for the SPCA handling animal adoptions and surrenders. New to Maricopa, Pyper loves the warm weather in Maricopa and the opportunity to provide a valuable service based on her love and empathy for animals.

“My team and I are thrilled to be a part of the growing and thriving community of Maricopa. We’re open seven days a week and welcome you to stop by and check us out,” she said. “While you’re here, pick up a free sample of pet food.”


20924 N. John Wayne Parkway
520-759-2275
EarthwisePet.com/Maricopa

 

It’s not the first Maricopa subdivision to try to get out of an agreement with Orbitel Communications, but now Desert Passage Community Association is facing a lawsuit from the communications company.

Attorney Mark Holmgren called the evergreen clause “procedurally and substantively unconscionable.”

Orbitel attorneys filed a breach-of-contract complaint in Superior Court in May. They claim Desert Passage violated an agreement when it elected to terminate its cable service as of Dec. 21, 2018.

The suit seeks nearly $1 million in damages. The HOA’s attorneys, however, are challenging a common contract clause that has been a point of contention in community associations across the country.

Desert Passage (Smith Farms) is one of 11 homeowners associations in Maricopa that are “basic cable bulk-billed communities” through Orbitel. That agreement was for an initial seven years, starting in 2004, and renewed in 2011. Containing an “evergreen” clause, it renews automatically unless the HOA membership votes to terminate with a 60-day notice.

In an Oct. 18 letter notifying Orbitel of its pending termination of the agreement, Community Manager Debbie King stated, “The Board of Directors and the community per the contract have made this decision.”

King did not respond to a request for comment.

The details of the HOA decision were not defined until April, after letters were exchanged between Orbitel and Desert Passage and their respective attorneys. Desert Passage attorneys informed Orbitel a “duly noticed meeting” was held on an unspecified date prior to the Oct. 18 letter and the board obtained the required 67 percent vote against renewal.

In that April letter, attorney Mark Holmgren of Goodman Holmgren Law Group, representing the HOA, called the evergreen clause “procedurally and substantively unconscionable.”

Evergreen clauses are accepted in Arizona, but a handful of other states like California and Illinois have placed requirements of “conspicuousness” and renewal notification in their legislation. Courts have usually upheld the automatic-renewal clauses unless the language is ambiguous.

Orbitel received the initial notification of termination Oct. 18, more than 60 days before renewal was due to occur.

But the company wasn’t having it. The agreement with the HOA states the contract cannot be terminated until 67 percent of the homeowners in the association vote not to renew or extend the service. Orbitel claims there is no documentation to prove that happened.

“Orbitel responded with information indicating that, contrary to the terms in the agreement, the homeowners association had failed to obtain the approval of the Desert Passage residents for the cancellation of the agreement,” said John Schurz, president and general manager of Orbitel.

The company requested proof the HOA had taken a membership vote and met the required percentage to terminate. Claiming it received no response from Desert Passage, Orbitel then had its attorneys send another letter to the HOA in November. That letter also requested an updated count of “certificated residences” in the HOA.

Attorney Christopher Callahan of Fennemore Craig wrote that Orbitel’s billings for years had been based on 347 residences. “Orbitel has recently come to understand that there are presently more than 500 certified residences in Desert Passage, with more homes under construction,” he wrote to the HOA, meaning the HOA had been underbilled for years.

He also said the number of residences “is a matter within the exclusive knowledge of the Association,” which was why Orbitel was requesting the information.

However, in a March letter Holmgren stated the contract placed the burden of tracking the number of homes served and maintaining those records on Orbitel. Callahan said Orbitel did maintain the records of the 347 homes that it was billing but received no information on certificates of occupancy.

However, he said, Orbitel decided to do some calculations of its own. Those numbers showed 610 certificated residences, 22 homes under construction, eight lots being prepped for construction and 50 vacant lots.

Based on those numbers, he said, future monthly invoices would be for $11,840 instead of the $6,735 that had been billed.

It is not known what number of residences the HOA used for its calculation of 67 percent. In his sharply worded April letter to Callahan, Holmgren said “Orbitel has no right to review the ballots.”

While Holmgren said there is no longer a contract between Desert Passage and Orbitel, the HOA continued to pay Orbitel in January and February, and Orbitel continues to provide service.

The suit is seeking $6,735 for March, $11,840 each for April and May and then continued damages at that rate through what would have been the end of a renewed seven-year contract in 2025, plus attorneys’ fees. That comes to “at least” $970,888.

Holmgren laid out his dispute of Orbitel’s argument in the April letter. He claimed the language of the agreement indicated only one seven-year renewal, “not continued renewals,” and even cited KB Home as agreeing with his assessment.

“KB Home says the intent of the [agreement] was to allow Orbitel to recoup its investment in original infrastructure, and that the original term would have been sufficient,” Holmgren wrote.

He said any ambiguity in the contract was the fault of Orbitel.

And, Holmgren said, even if the agreement allowed for automatic renewals and even if the terms were not ambiguous, Desert Passage followed the correct procedures to terminate the contract.

Orbitel is part of the City of Maricopa’s origin story. The company was called in by developers in 2001 to help establish communication infrastructure ahead of thousands of homes. The company received a cable TV franchise in 2004, with those early contracts requiring Orbitel to have cable service in place before homes were built.

Later adding telephone and high-speed internet service, the company was acquired by MCG Capital Corporation in 2007. Schurz Communications acquired Orbitel in 2012.

Schurz, the general manager, speaks of Orbitel’s relationship with Desert Passage in the present tense.

“We are hopeful we can reach a speedy resolution to the matters at issue in the complaint,” Schurz said, “and we are committed to fulfilling our service obligations to the community residents and will continue to do so.”

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This year was not the first time Maricopa Ace Hardware has taken home the Chamber's top prize. Photo by Jim Headley

By Jim Headley

Maricopa Ace Hardware was honored as the Large Business of the Year by the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce April 27.

Owner Mike Richey said he is honored his business was chosen again for this prestigious award.

“This is the third time that we’ve been honored by the Chamber of Commerce for the Business of the Year,” Richey said. “It is the second time that we were honored as the Waz Business of the Year.”

The Waz is presented in memory of Bill Wasowicz, a Realtor in Maricopa.

“He was very active in the community, the Chamber of Commerce and in his church. His wife, Patty Wasowicz, is still a Realtor and operates the Wizards of Waz agency. Bill passed away and there was a push to honor Waz in some way,” Richey said.

Richey said the chamber decided to choose large and small businesses of the year from among its membership, with the Waz as the large business award.

“Having known Bill and having known his activity and community involvement, this means even more to us,” Richey said.

“Receiving an award for this is great because of our view on customer service, our view on community involvement and that is our big focus on things. It is a big thrill to win the Waz award from the Chamber of Commerce.”

“It is an honor,” said William Gonzales, assistant manager. “I am glad to represent Maricopa Ace and the community here. We focus on the community. We focus on the people and the other small businesses. We support them also. We try to shop local ourselves.”

Gonzales said while the award is important, it is the recognition their company received for all the hard work that is welcomed.

“It is what we do for the community and what the community does for us. We work as a team. It just shows that we have the right people in the right place in the store. Customer service is our number one priority,” Gonzales said.

Gonzales has worked at Ace for the past five years. That dedication to customer service isn’t just inside the walls of Ace Hardware, he said; it’s also outside in the community every day.

“Maricopa has supported Maricopa Ace Hardware, Jacquie and myself in amazing ways,” Richey said. “This is part of the reason why we give back. The store mantra is to be part of the community – it is one of our core values to be involved in the community. It is a responsibility we have as a local business and something we take seriously.”


This story appears in the June issue of InMaricopa.

Michelle Cruz opened Compassionate Nature Studios in Stage Stop. Photo by Jim Headley

Compassionate Nature Studios opened May 6 in the Stage Stop Marketplace, 44301 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy.

The new yoga studio is in a fully remodeled space and very “zen,” according to owner Michelle Cruz.

“This is a brand-new business,” Cruz said. “The response so far has been really good.”

The studio opened May 6. Cruz said the new space has a strong feeling of relaxation. She has been a practicing Yoga Nidra instructor less than one year.

“We have another instructor, and she does a huge variety of classes,” Cruz said. “She’s been doing this for years. We bring a little of what I teach and a little of what she teaches into the whole experience.”

The other instructor is Chamica Dennis, who has been a yoga instructor for the past two years and she specializes in Hatha unity-based yoga.

“I absolutely adore the studio,” said Dennis. “It is a great place for women to come. It is a great place for everyone, but we are focusing on women. It’s mostly about relaxing and relaxation.”

Dennis said the new studio came out beautifully with calm and relaxing colors.

“There will be a lot of workshops in the future,” she said. “I do reiki as well and some therapies. There will be some stress related workshops. There are a lot of different things that will be coming up. The new workshops will be centered on healing and meditation.”

She added that smoking secession workshops might also be offered if there is a need for them.

Compassionate Nature Studios offers classes in Yoga Nidra, Yoga 101, restorative yoga, Hatha flow, meditation and aroma therapy, Vinyasa flow and Shakti Vinyasa flow.

Yoga Nidra is deep sleep meditation, potentially helping with many challenges like insomnia, anxiety, depression, PTSD, fatigue, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, trauma, addictions and stress.

Classes are offered as early as 7 a.m. and as late as 7:30 p.m. in the day.

The studio has a “drop-in rate,” but there is also an opening special of eight classes for $49.

“We want people to come in and see what yoga style works best for them,” Cruz said. “I wanted a business that caters more towards women, so they have a safe and tranquil spot to come and just let go. This space is created to invest in yourself and take that time to slow down. You can’t give back to others if you are depleted. In the midst of chaos, you need a little more calm.”

For more information, you can call Cruz at (520) 840-0667.


The story appears in the June issue of InMaricopa.

An 8-year-old from Maricopa was a winner in Bashas’ annual statewide “Donut Flavor Craze Contest,” creating a new doughnut that will be offered in stores starting Friday, National Donut Day.

Identified only as Glory, she won the kids category with a doughnut called “Spiky Cactus.” It is a raspberry-filled doughnut generally shaped like a saguaro with green icing and white sprinkles “so it looks like a cactus in bloom.”

The adult winner was a Chandler resident, who created the “Haboob Crème Filled,” which is filled with vanilla pudding and topped with crushed vanilla wafers.

Ten percent of Bashas’ doughnut sales on June 7 will go to the Salvation Army programs. Glory will receive a dozen doughnuts a month for a year and a Bashas’ gift card.

 

SimonMed is prepping offices in the Signal Health building.

La Quinta received a development review permit for its plans to build a hotel at Copper Sky as the City works to commercialize the property west of the park. As part of the project, the City decreased the amount of land it agreed to sell to Maricopa Auberge LLC near the southeast corner of John Wayne Parkway and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard by almost 5,000 square feet. The purchase price was $411,970, or about $5 per square foot.

Sacate Pellet Mill, 38743 W. Cowtown Road, received commercial permits for five new buildings. One is 1,584 square feet, another 3,479 square feet, a metal building to cover the boiler and air compressor is 616 square feet, and a metal hay canopy is 9,860 square feet. The fifth building is a 4,230-square-foot hay office. Sacate was also approved for a modular sales office.

A new church to be built at 19275 N. Gunsmoke Road received a commercial permit. Schifferer Built LLC is the contractor for what will be Mount Moriah Community AME Church. It is planned as a 2,096-square-foot building valued at $317,000. The project received a grading and drainage permit, too.

SimonMed was approved to make changes to Suite B in the new Signal Healthcare building at 44555 W. Edison Road in anticipation of a 4,539-square-foot office space for diagnostics. The City approved a comprehensive sign plan for Edison Place, 44500 W. Edison Road, including three illuminated wall signs for SimonMed.

Apex Motor Club, 22408 N. Ralston Road, opened the first phase of its track to its membership with a ribbon-cutting April 26. It continues construction on the lot, with plans for a clubhouse and garage condo.

The construction of Heritage Academy continues rapidly at 41004 W. Lucerian Lane in Glennwilde. It received commercial permits for a 13,525-square-foot gymnasium valued at $2.1 million and was approved for fire sprinklers in both its buildings.

Honeycutt Coffee reopened under new ownership May 15 after being closed since February. Tanya and Dave Powers have purchased the business at 44400 W. Honeycutt Road, Suite 107, selling coffee, smoothies, sandwiches, muffin tops and pastries.

Hope Women’s Center, 45978 W. McDavid Road, has a zoning permit and is working to renovate a house into a center for its services to women and children.

Pacific Dental Services received approval to make improvement at 41940 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy. near Walmart.


This item appears in the June issue of InMaricopa.

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The City of Maricopa collected about $200,000 more in April sales tax than it did a year ago, according to state numbers.

Also, thanks to a major rise in contracting and increased transactions in most other areas, the city took in $300,000 more in April than it did in March. The transaction privilege tax (commonly called sales tax) numbers were released by the Arizona Department of Revenue.

Overall, Maricopa is $2 million ahead of last fiscal year at this time. The city has collected more than $1 million each month of this fiscal year. Increased collections are seen as an indication of business growth.

Contracting due to construction hit its highest number since October. Sales tax from retail in April was over $389,000, its highest point since January 2018.

Retail has been boosted by more new stores coming on line this year. The same is true in the restaurants-and-bars category, which had its highest sales tax collection of the fiscal year at $107,000.

(MRRA=maintenance, repair, replacement, alteration)

Steve Eggleston (foreground) manages the new BrakesPlus while Chad Williams is a service advisor. Photo by Jim Headley

 

Brakes Plus opened its Maricopa store May 9. The store is located at 44510 W Edison Road, near IHOP, WingStop and Planet Fitness.

Though the store is new, the staff is very experienced, including general manager Steve Eggleston.

Eggleston said he’s worked for Brake Plus for the past 18 months but also managed Goodyear stores in Utah for 25 years.

“I moved to Arizona five and a half years ago and managed a Goodyear in Ahwatukee for four and a half years,” Eggleston said. “I’ve been here (in Maricopa) ever since. The company takes care of us and they love their employees and customers.”

Though the new location has only been open two weeks, customers are increasing, Eggleston said.

“Our customer base is growing every day,” he said. “Obviously no one really knows we’re open, yet. We will be having a grand opening soon. It’s just been word of mouth so far.”

Maricopa’s Brakes Plus has six employees, including Eggleston.

“We are here to be honest with people,” Eggleston said. “We want to take care of them. We want to earn their trust. I have a good crew, some guys that have been around a while. I have GM Master Tech of 20 years. I have another Master Tech and a couple other guys who are all well rounded. The two who are younger have been at other stores in the company for two or three years.”

He said Brakes Plus purchased the property for a new building years ago.

“When everything took off again (after the recession) they decided to build down here. I came aboard to run this store. I love it because everything is brand new, down to the pencils,” Eggleston said.

Brakes Plus is a national corporate-owned chain of automotive service and repair stores based out of Denver. The company owns locations in Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Texas, Nebraska and Iowa.

In all, the company has 80 stores, according to their latest in-store advertising.

Brakes Plus does brake service, oil changes, air conditioning, filters, alignments, battery service, belts and hoses, clutches, coolant flushes, CV boots and axels, diagnostics, differential service, engine repair, tune ups, timing belts, exhaust, fuel induction, headlamps and bulbs, general mileage maintance, power steering flush, radiators and water pumps, shocks and struts, starters, alternators, steering, suspension, transmission flush, transfer case service and even wiper blades.

“We just don’t do any tire work,” Eggleston said.

Native Grill has not established a date for re-opening.

 

The reopening date of the Maricopa Native Grill and Wings remains undetermined.

The popular Maricopa restaurant has been closed since suffering a fire Jan. 13. Through the four months Native Grill has been closed, owner Pat Kieny has declined to comment on the status of reopening.

Tuesday, Kieny said he was waiting on the City to get paperwork back to him and then they can set a date to reopen. In April, the restaurant applied for a commercial alteration permit. In May, it applied for a permit for the automatic hood extinguishing system. Both applications were returned for more information, part of the back-and-forth with City Hall.

Last weekend owners and managers of Native held a hiring clinic next door at Bashas’ and hired several new staff members.

Friday, they posted, “We hired 6 great additions to our team today. Will be back at Bashas tomorrow at 10 a.m. doing on the spot interviews.”

Saturday they posted, “At Bashas in the lobby area near the bakery doing on the spot interviews until 6 p.m.”

On the company’s Facebook Page there have been several posts talking about reopening.

On March 29 they posted, “Happy Friday! No solid date as of yet however Your Maricopa Native WILL Reopen. True Statement.”

On April 27, Patricia Barrigar posted on the company’s Facebook page, “There are so many dining options in Maricopa – some you like, some you don’t. To those of you that like Native – Thanks for your patience and well wishes. We are a family at Maricopa Native and We so much appreciate all the love and support we’ve received from our customers. We will most definitely reopen – shooting for the last week in May. Lots of kitchen repairs are complete and equipment had been ordered. We will keep you updated as we get closer and rest assured it will be a celebration to remember.”

On May 1, they posted, “The First of May- YAY!!! For All Our Maricopa Native Fans – We’re getting closer – so EXCITED to see everyone.”

On Mother’s Day they posted, “Happy Mother’s Day Maricopa Native Fans. Things are moving along – we are still planning on the last week of May.”

Through the months, they also offered discounts to Maricopa residents who would travel to one of their other locations. “Remember 25% off at the Laveen location for all Maricopa Residents – How about a little Spring Break Road Trip for some WINGS,” they posted on Facebook on March 28.

Tonya Powers is a new co-owner of Honeycutt Coffee. Photo by Jim Headley

 

Tanya and Dave Powers have purchased Honeycutt Coffee and plan to reopen the business Wednesday.

Honeycutt Coffee has been closed since February.

“I have a background in coffee, about 10 years,” Tanya Powers said. “Once I started, it was my passion. I just love it. I’ve always wanted to have my own shop. It’s just my dream.”

Tanya said she hopes to have Honeycutt open on Wednesday. They have already cleared health inspections and now await a city fire inspection.

“You get to meet so many people,” she said. “I want people to come in and I want this to be like ‘Cheers.’ They’re going to walk in the door and they will be like Norm. That’s what I want to make them feel like.”

Honeycutt has always been a local community coffee house and meeting place. The Powerses hope to take that flavor to the next level.

“I feel like people are going to come in and will feel the vibe and the love and they’re going to want to stay. We will build a relationship and they will want to come back,” Tanya said.

She said there will be some different drinks added to the menu and new equipment, including a soda machine.

“I’m still going to focus on the coffee that I do. I have some refreshers. It’s kind of like a tea but it’s a coffee base. They are super good. My claim to fame are my muffin tops. Not the bottom part, just the top,” Tanya said.

They will also be serving pastries, cheese Danish, brownies, breads and breakfast and lunch sandwiches.

She said in the future they hope to add some live entertainment but for now Honeycutt will keep the same hours, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

There will be music playing in the store and free wi-fi.

“I hope people would want to come and have events here in the evenings,” she said.

The Powerses have lived in Arizona more than 12 years and Maricopa for three years.

“I just live down the street and I’ll be here every day,” Tonya Powers said.

Honeycutt Coffee is at 44400 W. Honeycutt Road, Suite 109.

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Apex Motor Club cut the ribbon at its private facility on the northwest corner of State Route 238 and Ralston Road on April 26. Club officials showed off the completed portion of the track, and members took guests out for laps. “It’s a momentous occasion; it’s five years in the making,” said President Jason Plotke. He called it a country club for motor sports.

Ak-Chin Chairman Robert Miguel

 

Robert Miguel, chairman of the Ak-Chin Indian Community, has joined the board of directors of Maricopa Economic Development Alliance (MEDA).

MEDA is the City of Maricopa’s private-public partnership for economic development.

Miguel was the first elected chairman of the Ak-Chin Indian Community under its new constitution which allowed tribal members to officially vote for their chairman.

“I was born and raised on Ak-Chin and have watched the City of Maricopa, our neighbor, grow into a vibrant and dynamic city,” Miguel said. “There is much synergy between what the elected leaders in Maricopa want for their community and what our tribal council wants for our community. Being a part of MEDA and the discussions regarding economic growth and development will be a benefit to all of us.”

MEDA’s board is comprised of the leading executives of Maricopa’s major business sectors, representing expertise and experience in utilities, finance, development, health care and infrastructure development.

“We are thrilled that Chairman Miguel is a part of our board of directors, bringing not only his knowledge and expertise on tribal affairs, but the Community’s perspective on strategic growth,” said John Schurz, MEDA’s chairman. “That knowledge will be an integral part of our collective success.”


This item appears in the April issue of InMaricopa.

Legacy Traditional School has plans for an addition.

 

Legacy Traditional School received a permit for a commercial addition on its campus at 17760 N. Regent Drive and a grading permit. The charter school is adding a 3,760-square-foot classroom to an existing building at a value of $564,000.

Leading Edge Academy started work on adding a 30-by-40-foot shade structure valued at $2,500 on its campus at 18700 N. Porter Road.

Circle K at 41433 W. Honeycutt Road received its permit for new signs at a cost of $29,000. Pearson’s Enterprises is constructing the convenience store.

Walgreens, at 21274 N. John Wayne Parkway, replaced six HVAC units in a project valued at $19,556.

Earthwise Pet, moving into office space that formerly housed a veterinary office at 20924 N. John Wayne Parkway, received a commercial tenant improvement permit for its work in the building. The work is valued at $80,000.

Bo Knows Auto LLC, an automotive repair business, moved into the former Tommy’s Auto at 19282 N. Maricopa Road. It is owned by Carlos Barajas.

Student Choice High School also received a permit for improvements at 20800 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 107, to create 1,400 square feet of open classroom space. The project is valued at $35,000.

Heritage Academy received a permit to make onsite improvements for grading, paving, water, sewer and storm drain to 10 acres at 41004 N. Lucerian Lane. The school is building on property owned by Our Lady of Grace. The project is valued at $2.3 million.

Maricopa Wellness Center, 41600 N. Smith-Enke Road, Suite 3, received a permit to create a new office layout in a 1,272-square-foot shell building.

The City of Maricopa received a permit for grading improvements at the site of a proposed new fire administration building, 45695 W. Edison Road.

Sacate Pellet Mill is now in the development-review-permit phase for its alfalfa pellet mill and warehouse at 38743 W. Cowtown Road. It is owned by Red River Cattle LTD.

Seasons at Palo Brea, part of Richmond American Homes of Arizona, received a free-standing sign permit for 44248 W. Palo Olmo Road.

D.R. Horton received a temporary use permit for a model home complex in Tortosa Parcel 8.


This item appears in the April issue of InMaricopa.

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Li's Garden

 

All but one of 27 establishments inspected by Pinal County Environmental Health from Jan. 16-Feb. 15 received excellent marks.

The inspector had a review with the person in charge at Li’s Garden after finding violations in the handling of raw chicken at the restaurant. According to the observations in the report, raw chicken breasts were being processed with bowls of chicken sitting on top of bags of rice, chicken juices and chicken pieces were leaking on the floor where staff was walking through, chicken was stored on a metal counter next to a towel dispenser that had chicken juices on it, chicken wings were in a sink where raw vegetables were being process, and chicken juices were dripping onto raw chicken in bowls sitting on top of plastic containers of uncooked rice. Staff was also told to clean out food debris inside and outside refrigeration equipment. Based on immediate action by the restaurant, it was given a rating of “satisfactory.”

EXCELLENT [No violations found]
Aliberto’s Mariopa
Bashas’
Bashas’ – AFC Sushi
Bashas’ – Bakery
Basha’ – Deli
Bashas’ – Starbucks
Brooklyn Boys Italian Restaurant
Central Arizona College – Café
Central Arizona College – Culinary
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Cilantro’s Mexican Cocina
Denny’s
Firehouse Subs
Fry’s Marketplace
Fry’s Marketplace – Deli
Fry’s Marketplace – Starbucks
Fry’s Marketplace – Sushi
Honeycutt Coffee
Jack in the Box
Plaza Bonita
Raceway Bar & Grill
Say Sushi
Sunrise Café
Sunrise Preschool
True Grit Tavern
WingStop

SATISFACTORY [Violations corrected during inspection]
Li’s Garden

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT [Critical items noted during inspection cannot be corrected immediately requiring follow-up inspection]
None

UNACCEPTABLE [Gross, unsanitary conditions necessitating the discontinuation of service]
None


This item appears in the March issue of InMaricopa.

East Valley Cardiology was helped by City of Maricopa officials in cutting a ribbon at its new Maricopa office: (from left) Jo Patty, Jessica Valenzuela, Aliza Siegel, Councilmember Rich Vitiello, Patricia Joseph, Linda Burdick, Dr. James Ganem, Councilmember Marvin Brown, Dr. Robert Hanson and Councilmember Vincent Manfredi. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

After being in operation 29 years in Chandler, East Valley Cardiology opened a second office in Maricopa March 18. The office is open Monday-Thursday at 20924 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite D4-B.

“This is going to be a tremendous community,” Dr. James Ganem said. “We are so excited about providing high-quality health care and high-quality services. We’ve been taking care of you guys for a long time, and we’re just happy to do it here.”

Ganem said to start, the office will have one provider and operate four days a week. But the office has space for a second provider.

Ganem credited office manager Linda Burdick with readying the new office space, which includes four exam rooms, space for vein and vascular studies, echocardiograms and a treadmill. She has worked with him since 1990.

“One of the things we’re offering is full testing, and I think that’s important,” Ganem said. “Most of the offices down here, you come, you see the doctor, but you’ve got to go to Chandler or Phoenix to get your testing.”

The doctors would also like to see a hospital come to the area. EVC is involved in both Banner and Dignity networks.

“We’d like to provide some in-patient care and testing,” Dr. Robert Hanson said. “We can’t do nuclear stress out here. You need a nuclear room with lead walls. But we’ve got everything else.”

 

Chevron signage went up at the former Shell station by Signs Plus of Phoenix. Photo by Jim Headley

The former Shell station with non-functioning fuel pumps at the corner of John Wayne Parkway and Garvey Avenue underwent a transformation this week.

Fuel dispensers were removed, and the canopy and signage switched to Chevron by Signs Plus in Phoenix. The Maricopa Shell LLC property also includes Dairy Queen.

Owners had submitted applications for the improvements last year. It was granted a commercial alteration permit in January to re-install fuel dispensers and a sign permit in February.

The limited liability company is owned by Madanial J. Patel and Harshad Patel Ratnakalabahen of Scottsdale.