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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


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’ – 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
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

SATISFACTORY [Violations corrected during inspection]
Li’s Garden

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

UNACCEPTABLE [Gross, unsanitary conditions necessitating the discontinuation of service]

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.

Ryan Englin

Ryan Englin, CEO of Core Matters, will partner with InMaricopa to present a 90-minute seminar on finding the right employees for your team.

“We’ll explore how you can use a simple process to make your company stand out and attract the best people,” Englin said. “If you’re ready to see more profit from your business and want to spend less time putting out the fires caused by poor performers, you can’t afford to miss this event.”

The event is March 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Englin is a strategic marketing consultant and recruitment marketing expert.

“InMaricopa’s success is directly aligned with our clients’ success,” said Vincent Manfredi, InMaricopa’s director of advertising. “Recruiting, hiring and retaining the right people is an Achilles heel for most businesses, and we our eager to tackle this subject as the first in a series of seminars designed to contribute to our annual partners.”

Seating is limited. Contact Michelle at 520-568-0040 ext. 5 or CLC@InMaricopa.com for availability, details and RSVP.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place March 18 at East Valley Cardiology, 20924 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite D4-B (next to Dickey’s BBQ). The event commences at 9 a.m. with networking and refreshments, followed by the ceremony at approximately 9:15 a.m.

Native Grill & Wings remains closed while restoration work continues after a January fire. It is expected to re-open in April. Gift certificates of $5 and $10 that expired in February will be honored for 30 days after the re-opening.

Maricopa City Manager Rick Horst floated the idea of building a “a starter hospital and associated health services” in Maricopa during a Top Ten Strategic Objectives PowerPoint presentation for city council members during their annual strategic plan retreat Feb. 7. Horst said it was just an idea for council members to consider and to determine if they wish to work toward that goal.

 Walmart is implementing a parking area for online pickup, requiring permits for exterior and interior remodeling for the parking canopy.

Apex Motor Sports applied for a permit to build a commercial shade structure for parked cars at its construction site at 22408 N. Ralston Road.

Red River Cattle Company received a conditional use permit for work at Sacate Pellet Mill, 38743 W. Cowtown Road.

At Signal Healthcare’s new building at 44555 W. Edison Road, Heartland Dental received a permit for interior construction.

A hair-styling salon received a commercial tenant improvement permit for 2,000 square feet of space at a building owned by Pinal County at 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road.

Circle K received a permit to work in the right-of-way during construction on its lot at 41433 W. Honeycutt Road. Lanes were temporarily blocked on Porter Road and Honeycutt.

Maricopa Shell continued improvement by getting a permit for two LED illuminated canopy signs and wall signs valued at $19,300. East Valley Cardiology and Brakes Plus, 44510 W. Edison Road, also received sign permits.

This item appears in the March issue of InMaricopa.

Photo by Jim Headley

Pinal County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution Jan. 9 to urge the state Legislature “to provide sufficient funds to Pinal Agricultural Enterprises to access the ground water necessary to allow the Pinal County agricultural economy to continue when Colorado River water is limited.”

To make its case, the resolution cites statistics on the agricultural importance of Pinal County from a 2018 study by University of Arizona’s Department of Agriculture and Resources Economics.

Top 1% in U.S. counties in cotton, cottonseed sales, milk sales, inventories of cattle and calves
Top 2% in U.S. counties in total value of agriculture sales
Top 4% in U.S. counties in acreage for barley, corn, forage crops
Top 7% in U.S. counties in vegetables, fruit and nuts production
3,804 direct jobs
1,343 indirect jobs
45% of Arizona’s cattle and calf sales

41% of Arizona’s cotton production
39% of Arizona’s milk production
33% of county’s manufacturing wages paid
25% of all manufacturing jobs
$1.1 billion in sales (2016)
The study estimated damage of $94 million to $104 million if irrigation decrease were a hypothetical water loss of 300,000 acre feet.


Source: University of Arizona’s Department of Agriculture and Resources Economics

This item appears in the February issue of InMaricopa.

Bob Ledbetter left an IT career to go back to school put his knowledge and talents to a different use. opening a recording studio. Photo by Jim Headley

A midlife crisis usually means buying a new sportscar, but Bob Ledbetter is singing a different tune in his mid-40s.

Ledbetter decided to take on a new career as a sound engineer.

After working for years as an IT guy, he just wanted more out of life. With his daughter moving out and going to college, the single-parent was left with an open mind, musical talent and deep knowledge of technology. It all combined into a soon-to-open recording studio named MuthaSuckaSound.

Ledbetter has the beginnings of his studio up and running in his Maricopa home.

“It is functional,” he said. “I decided to paint and redesign as I am learning more about how sound travels through a room.”

His main studio is a nicely converted bedroom in his house, complete with a rack of guitars, a drum set, keyboard and computerized, multi-track sound mixing station.

A collection of electronic guitar pedals decorates the floor and colored LEDs backlight his MAC-based computer mixing station using Pro Tools software. He also uses other parts of his home as “sound rooms” including his living room and even a walk-in closet that is converted into a sound booth for “something more intimate.”

Ledbetter said he was motivated to open his recording studio by his love of music.

“I have always dabbled a little bit with recording – as a musician and as an IT nerd. I have always been fascinated by the process,” Ledbetter said.

About four years ago he decided to go back to school to get a degree for business management at Central Arizona College.

“I had been an IT contractor for 12-plus years and working in IT in some form for over 20,” he said.

Retirement just wasn’t a goal in his life.

“When I hit 40, retirement is not really an option, not as a contractor. I change companies every couple years, which means the 401Ks change every couple years. Some companies match, and some don’t. It’s a joke. By the time the government allows me to retire, Social Security will be gone,” he said.

Instead of looking at retirement, Ledbetter set his mind on doing something he loves to do that can sustain his lifestyle. While going to business management classes, one of the elective courses he took was the history of rock ‘n’ roll.

Ledbetter did very well in the class.

“The instructor said I would be very good in the EIT (Entertainment Industry Technology) program at CAC,” Ledbetter said. “I was just taking classes here at the campus. When I looked deeper at the EIT program – they had a recording engineering program. I thought, ‘There it is.’ What better way to take my 20 years of IT experience and my passion for music and put them together?”

Education in sound engineering is something Ledbetter takes very seriously.

“Bob Ledbetter is a shining example of a student who takes full advantage of what the EIT program has to offer,” said Dan Bush, professor of Recording Engineering at Central Arizona College and E.I.T. coordinator.

After talking to his daughter, Ledbetter jumped into being a recording engineer a little more than two years ago and changed his major at CAC. She has been part of his music since she was a toddler. While living in Washington, D.C., he would take her with him to perform at “open-mic nights” at local venues when she was 3 or 4 years old.

“A lot of them were family restaurants that just happened to have an open mic randomly on a Tuesday night. She’s sitting on a stool with an unplugged microphone singing along while I do a 20-minute set.”

As a musician, Ledbetter plays guitar and sings as a solo act. He’s his own recording client as well.

Recording is only one of the skills needed to be successful with a studio, according to Bush. “Bob has also learned the ‘business side’ of the music industry, particularly entertainment law, copyrights and how to actually make money by leveraging performance rights organizations to generate income from music royalties,” Bush said.

“My midlife crisis is a new career,” Ledbetter said. “I would rather get a sound board. My friends are out there buying all these really cool cars. Nah, I could get like an 8-track mixer and put it right here. Let me drop two grand on that. That’s my midlife crisis.”


Photo by Jim Headley


This story appears in the February issue of InMaricopa.

All 13 restaurants and eateries inspected by Pinal County Environmental Health from Dec. 16 to Jan. 15 received a clean bill of health.

EXCELLENT [No violations found]
Barro’s Pizza
Culver’s of Maricopa
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
The Duke at Rancho El Dorado
Francisco’s Mexican Food
Gyro Grill
Maricopa Head Start
The New HQ
Panda Express
Pizza Hut
Rosati’s Pizza
Tacos ‘n’ More

SATISFACTORY [Violations corrected during inspection]

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

UNACCEPTABLE [Gross, unsanitary conditions necessitating the discontinuation of service]

This item appears in the February issue of InMaricopa.

A core group of Maricopa businesses has signed up for the city’s new Business Registry, eliminating the old business licensing process. These businesses signed up from Dec. 16 to Jan. 15 at Maricopa-az.gov/web/Business-Registry.

Accounting: Accounting Advocate, The Affordable Accounting Firm, Trafelet Accounting

Arts & Crafts: ArtiSands, Diane F. Hebert, Red Nebula Studios, Stormwind’s Creations

Automotive: Big O Tires, KB Glass Repair, Knight Towing, Maricopa Auto Glass, Mel’s Auto/NAPA Auto, Moehr Tinting, T&R Roadside Services, A&E Auto Glass

Childcare/Preschool: Cara’s Kids Preschool, Child Care by Tammy Houser, Little Charmers Preschool/Childcare, Nana’s House of Childcare, Tiny Feet Preschool

Chiropractic: A-1 Health and Wellness, New Conversations – Joanne Siebert

Churches: Community of Hope, World Outreach & Bible Training Center

Cleaning: 1st Glass Window Cleaners, JD & Son Carpet Cleaning

Cosmetics: Ana’s Creations, Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay, Marisa McDonald Independent Beauty Guide Limelife

Computers: Gemini Mapping, North Suburban Office Services, Ungatech LLC

Dental: Oasis Oral and Facial Surgery, Treasured Smiles Children’s Dentistry

Entertainment: Eagle Entertainment, Gabriel Magno Entertainment, Twisted Vision Racing

Food Service: Aliberto’s, Arby’s, Burger King, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Dinner at Your Door, Kona Ice, Li’s Garden, N2Frybread, Pizza Hut, Plaza Bonita Family Mexican Restaurant, Sonora Hotdogs, Tastee Pak, WingStop

General Contractor: AAM Plumbing Services, Carpenter Guitar and Ampworks, Negev Design-Build, Rockridge Construction, Solcius LLC, Zomark Construction

Handyman: Bradley Goering Maintenance, Maricopa Pool & Spa Services, Rent-A-Vet Services

Health: Fit N-Motion, Healthy Habits with Brittany Holistic Mental Health, Many Healing Hands, Maricopa Eye Care, Maricopa Foot and Ankle Center, Massage Me, Sun Life Family Health Center, Sun Life Pharmacy, Maricopa Veteran Care Center, Vitamins4Vitality

Home Interior/Exterior Design: Café Design & Architecture, Dawn2Dusk Sun Screens, Southwest Landscaping

Home/Office Repair: 911 Air Repair, Felix Appliance Repair, Mr Appliance of Maricopa

Insurance: American Family Insurance – Chris Cahall, State Farm Insurance – Courtny Tyler, WFG Maricopa – Bill Boone

Jewelry Sales: DC Enterprises, Rikki Sparkles with Origami Owl

Law Firms: Law Office of Jack Pritt

Manufacturing: Pazii Cigars

Marketing: Actually Social, Impact Video Cards, Social Baboon, Thomas Promo Products

Martial Arts: Desert Tiger Martial Arts, Sunrise Taekwondo/ATA Martial Arts and Karate

Nonprofits: American Legion Post, Association of Loudspeaker Manufacturing and Acoustics, F.O.R. Maricopa Food Bank, Zion Foundation

Painting: ACP Painting, Arvin’s Painting, Chris’ Quality House Painting

Party Rentals: Boodle Bouncers

Pest Control: Maricopa Bug Busters

Pet Services: Buddy’s Pet Care, Michelle’s Professional Pet Grooming, Romp and Roam Pet & Home Sitting

Photographers: News of Maricopa, Sunshine & Reign Photography, Yvette Lincoln Photography

Printing: Howard Industries, VinylWorks

Real Estate: 5X Gusse Properties, Comfort Realty, Costa Verde Homes, Duke Plaza Shopping Center, East Family Trust, Guardian Mortgage, HomeSmart Success, Pat Lairson Realtor, So EZ Mortgage, Sunbelt Home Watch, Tena Dugan – Berkshire Hathaway Homeservice

Retail: Adobe Blinds and More, Arizona Law Dawgs, Black Wolf Industries, CVS/Pharmacy, Fizz Envy, FS Artistic Concepts, Gatten’s Honey Farm, Go Wireless, Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona, Joia Gift Baskets, Kameo Monson, M and D Signs & Designs, Maricopa Shooting Service, Maricopa Solar Window Screens, QuikTrip, Skelys Tees and Moore, True Hearts II

Salons: Hair Focus, Massage Life

Services: AZ Legal Mobile Doc, ITranslateSpanish.com, Juniper Personal & Professional Development, Medical Coding Instruction, Movin Maricopa, Pioneer Title Agency, ProCopy Office Solutions, Guardian Transport, Recycle Today Maricopa, Trophies Plus, TRR Consulting, True Justice, Tupperware – the Fanatics, UPS Store, Women of the Breakthrough

This item appears in the February issue of InMaricopa.

Dutch Bros. received a commercial permit for its 1,280-square-foot property at 20232 N. John Wayne Parkway, which includes a drive-thru and patio. Construction is expected to be under way in February.

Maricopa Shell at 19680 N. John Wayne Parkway received a permit to re-install four new fuel dispensers at a value of $12,000.

Sports & Cuts Barber Shop was permitted for a fire alarm system in newly constructed space at 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road, Building 14, Suite 2. In the same building, State Farm was given a city permit to use existing signs and move the signs from its old location.

Red River Cattle LTD received permits for grading and drainage at the new site of Sacate Pellet Mill, 38743 W. Cowtown Road.

Brakes Plus, being constructed at 20555 N. John Wayne Parkway next to IHOP, received an onsite-improvement permit.

Heritage Charter had a hydrant flow test for its construction at Adams Way and Conner Drive in Desert Passage.

This item appears in the February issue of InMaricopa.

Jim Mickelson was elected to the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and Glenda Kelley was re-elected.

Maricopa Chamber of Commerce filled two seats on its board of directors in January. Glenda Kelley of Uniquely Sewn was re-elected to a second term. HomeSmart Success Realtor Jim Mickelson, a former chamber director in Imperial Beach, California, was also selected for the MCC board.

“As a newly elected director of the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce, my goal is to assist the Chamber in creating transparency and communications with our members,” Mickelson said, “and to super-charge the promotion of our members in Maricopa through community involvement and promotions, networking opportunities, training and development of solid relationships with elected local officials and their staffs.”

Kelley said the chamber has helped her business succeed, and she want to help other businesses the same way.

“I am looking forward to a great new year,” she said, “to see the chamber moving forward, to see the chamber become bigger and better, to become even more involved with the city and our community, to show our support to the current businesses and any future businesses. We want them all to succeed.”

This item appears in the February issue of InMaricopa.

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Fueling station shades are in place for the new Circle K. Photo by Kyle Norby

The last four months of 2018 saw five businesses receive commercial permits in Maricopa at a total value of over $3 million. IHOP completed its construction, and Dutch Bros. are ready to begin, and the following three are in the throes of construction.

Work is moving quickly at the future Circle K convenience store at 41433 W. Honeycutt Road. The property includes seven fueling stations to serve up to 14 vehicles. The store is to be 5,881 square feet. It received its commercial building permit in October and is being constructed by Alexander Building Company.

Brakes Plus’ framework went up quickly in Edison Pointe. Photo by Kyle Norby

Brakes Plus is building at 44510 W. Edison Road in the Edison Pointe Complex. Sitting on a little more than half an acre next to IHOP, the building is approximately 4,886 square feet. DG Fenn is in charge of the construction.

Signal Healthcare medical offices have made steady progress this winter. Photo by Kyle Norby

Directly across the street from Brakes Plus, Signal Healthcare’s future medical offices at 44565 W. Edison Road are also progressing steadily in Edison Place. The project, which is 9,000 square feet, is two buildings connected by a breezeway. The construction is west of Big O Tires.


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Sunrise Preschool, owned by Legacy Charter, is in the late stages of construction on Porter Road.

The following briefs appeared in the January issue of InMaricopa.

T&K Contracting received a permit for grading and drainage at the northeast corner of Costa del Sol Boulevard and Honeycutt Road for Tortosa Homeowners Association. Tortosa also was approved for right-of-way use for a waterline extension for a proposed lake and a lake pump.

Rosati’s Pizza opened Dec. 12 at Maricopa Station, 21423 N. John Wayne Parkway. It previously received permit for sprinkler system remodel as it took over the space from the former Zoyo Yogurt.

Escape Room Maricopa opened Dec. 7 at Stagestop Marketplace, 44301 W. Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy., in space once occupied by the former Camino Montesssori charter school.

On the other hand, Carl’s Jr. abruptly closed its doors Dec. 13 in anticipation of a change in franchise ownership. It was removed from the corporate map, and no formal announcement has been made about a re-opening.

Sacate Pellet Mills, 38743 W. Cowtown Road, received a zoning change from CI2 to CI1 as it moves its operations to Maricopa from Laveen.

IHOP, 20429 N. John Wayne Parkway in Edison Pointe, was permitted a wet fire sprinkler system Dec. 10 and a fire suppression system Dec. 14 before opening New Year’s Day.

Also in Edison Pointe, WingStop opened its doors Nov. 15, and Wynn Nails & Hair Salon opened next door Dec. 7.

Legacy Charter’s Sunrise Preschool, under construction at 19287 N. Porter Road, was approved for four shade structures at $4,320 each. It also received the OK for a monument sign.

East Valley Cardiology, 20924 N. John Wayne Parkway, was given a commercial tenant improvement permit for a project valued at $188,960.

Walmart and Fry’s Marketplace were given permission to sell fireworks in anticipation of New Year’s Eve celebrations. Fry’s was also permitted for Christmas tree sales in its parking lot.

Dutch Bros., planned for Sonoran Creek Marketplace at 20232 N. John Wayne Parkway, received an on-site improvement permit, valued at $147,388.

The City of Maricopa was permitted a real estate sign for Copper Sky Commercial Development.

Rehoboth Residential, a group home, received a zoning permit for a Rosa Drive residence in Santa Rosa Springs.

Economic Development Director Denyse Airheart shows MEDA and the city council plans to develop Copper Sky. Photo by Jim Headley

Millions of dollars are about to be invested into the Copper Sky Commercial District.

Wednesday, Denyse Airheart, Maricopa’s director of Economic Development, announced plans for an 18-acre development around Copper Sky that will include La Quinta Hotel, 620 units of multifamily housing, a 172-unit Morning Star Assisted Living Center and 53,000 square feet of new retail space.

Airheart unveiled the $146-million plan at Wednesday’s special meeting between the Maricopa Economic Development Alliance (MEDA) and Maricopa City Council.

“The southern parcel will include a hotel with about 85 rooms,” Airheart said. “That is going to be the very first project on this site. Phase one will continue to include about 320 units of multifamily housing and then retail with about 16,000 square feet.”

She said the northeastern corner of the development will also include assisted living housing.

“This is a segment of our population that we are not able to cater to today,” Airheart said. “The developer that we are working with is interested in being in and out with construction within three years. The developer is investing money and he also has to work to attract investment dollars to this project. We hope this will go on to expand the critical relationships that we are working on.”

Airheart said La Quinta Hotel is a $10 million private investment and will be four stories tall with 89 rooms. It will have a $1 million annual operating budget and create 20 jobs according to Airheart.

She said it will provide an annual payroll of $390,000 to the local economy, as well as property, bed and sales taxes.

Hopes are the hotel will be operational by the end of 2020.

Those attending the MEDA meeting were extremely excited by Airheart’s release about the development.

“Ummm, so this is confirmed?” one man asked.

Photo by Jim Headley

Airheart replied it was about to become reality and the developer is ready to start on the project soon. Businesses going into the open retail spaces at the new development will be “market-driven.”

City Manager Rick Horst told the crowd the developer of the hotel is Shea Connelly Development, a national developer with a long and prestigious track record.

The hotel is separate from the multifamily housing and retail complex going into the Copper Sky development. Airheart said the same developer has built a similar project in Fountain Hills.

The Copper Sky Commercial District will include a $100 million private investment into a complex with 53,000 square feet of retail space and provide about 150 new jobs.

The Copper Sky development is almost twice the size of the Fountain Hills development.

The proposed Morning Star assisted living facility is a $30 to $35 million private investment providing 172 units with 82 as independent care, 56 as assisted living and 34 dedicated for memory care. Morning Star is expected to provide 225 jobs to the Maricopa community, according to Airheart.

She provided images of the company’s development at Fountain Hills showing a large and luxurious 91-unit care center that is nearly half the size of what will be built in Maricopa. Fountain Hills was a $21 million investment.

Horst said, in all, the new development could house up to 3,000 more people and will leverage larger events to come to Maricopa, increasing tourism and jobs.

City Manager Rick Horst talks to the joint session. Photo by Jim Headley

Maricopa is in the middle of changing from business licensing to a business registry. Here are businesses that applied for a business license and/or registered with the city between Nov. 16 and Dec. 15.

Registered businesses: Ageless Cycles, Graybar Electric, InMaricopa, Jazzy on the Spot Mobile Grooming, Rosati’s Pizza, So EZ Mortgage, Sunbelt Home Watch. See more

Commercial license: Collins Comfort Masters, Foroudobus, Holistic Mental Health, Oasis Oral and Facial Surgery, Victoria Puckett

Home-based license: Adam Knutson, Ageless Cycles, Castle Sign Group, Elain Glasgow, Felix Home Repair, Get Up and Move Kids Fitness, The Sharp Solution, Small Town Treasures, Suzette Gilbreath, Las Tostaditas

Out-of-town license: Aeos Energy, Cholla Pavement Maintenance, Fatbeam, Seamless Flooring, Sledge Concrete Coatings, Universal Solar Direct, Waite Arizona

Special-use license: Redemption Tattoo

Nonprofit license: Winged Hope Family Advocacy Foundation