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Photo by Tucson photographer Martha Lochert.

Maracay breaks ground on new Tucson community

Construction is underway on Maracay Homes’ newest residential community, Center Pointe Vistoso, a 122-acre collection of five distinct, gated neighborhoods emerging on one of the final – and best – remaining parcels within the celebrated Rancho Vistoso master-planned community in Oro Valley.

Maracay officially broke ground on the community’s model home complex, Tuesday, Oct. 6., during a community celebration featuring Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath, town officials and members of the local community.

 Scheduled to open in January 2016, the development sits in the embrace of the Catalina and Tortolita mountain ranges, surrounded by stunning views from almost every vantage point. Center Pointe Vistoso comprises 343 premium homesites situated within five strategically planned neighborhoods, each connected by a dynamic, multi-purpose trail system that leads to a 6,000 square-foot luxury swim complex and a large, grassy park with shaded playground equipment and picnic stations.

Home styles feature a mix of executive, vacation (lock and leave) and family designs from Maracay’s New Arizona Living Collection, including the MonogramSignatureHallmark and Imperial floor plan collections. Showcasing home designs crafted to keep pace with current lifestyle trends and Arizona homebuyers’ preferences, each Center Pointe Vistoso plan includes FlexDesign® selections for optimum customization.  All homes are Energy Star® certified and include Maracay Homes’ LivingSmart® program for high performance and cost efficiency.

The five Maracay neighborhoods situated within Center Pointe Vistoso include:

Desert Crest: Two gated entrances provide convenient access to this private neighborhood of 101 homesites, which also includes a community ramada with picnic tables, an activity lawn and a cactus garden with seating areas that invite visitors to linger and delight in the beauty of the natural desert setting. The community features eight single- and two-story floor plans from Maracay Homes’ distinctive Monogram Collection. Ranging from 1,404 to 2,492 square feet, the selection of layouts offers thoughtful design features, such as spacious great rooms for gathering, walk-in kitchen pantries for additional storage, and front courtyards for connecting with neighbors.

The Cove: Centered around a community park featuring a shaded play structure, a picnic ramada and a grassy, multi-use lawn, The Cove is a family-oriented, gated neighborhood of 81 homes designed to appeal to residents ranging from the young to the young at heart. The neighborhood’s layouts, drawn from the popular Signature Collection of home plans, range from approximately 2,217 to 3,668 square feet and offer a selection of inspired design features, such as spacious great rooms for family gatherings, walk-in kitchen pantries for additional storage and a passageway from the master closet to the laundry room for ease and accessibility.

Summit North and South: These two intimate gated neighborhoods, and their Hallmark Collection floor plandesigns, feature single-story layouts, exclusively, ranging from approximately 2,494 to 3,194 square feet, and showcase inspired designs intended to appeal to everyone from maturing families to empty nesters. Spacious great rooms encourage family gatherings, walk-in kitchen pantries accommodate additional storage and generation suites or casitas provide privacy for visitors or multiple generations living in one location. Summit South,a 39-home neighborhood, is the first of the two to open. Summit North, with 47 homes, is expected to follow.

The Pinnacle: This gated community features single-story only, executive-size floor plans for those seeking the ultimate in comfort and accommodation. Limited to 75 homesites, the upscale neighborhood is characterized by a colorful butterfly garden observation park. The Pinnacle showcases spacious home plans from the popular Imperial and Hallmark Collections. Ranging from approximately 2,710 to 3,580 square feet, each plan offers thoughtful design features, such as front courtyards that create a welcoming approach, spacious great rooms for gathering with family and friends, and walk-in kitchen pantries for extra storage.

The Villas at San Dorado

Luxury multifamily development opens in Oro Valley

Almost a year after breaking ground, Mark-Taylor has opened its first luxury multifamily development in Pima County, the Villas at San Dorado. The community is part of a mixed-use development set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Located at the southeast corner of First Avenue and Oracle Road (10730 N. Oracle Road), the 24-acre development marries an exclusive residential rental community with a walkable shopping destination in the shadows of gorgeous Pusch Ridge. The project is a joint venture of well-known apartment developer Mark-Taylor and longtime commercial developer Kitchell, who is overseeing the retail component.

The 274-unit community features the most spacious apartments in Southern Arizona, offering one, two, and three-bedroom floor plans averaging nearly 1,100 square feet. The Villas’ features include some you may only expect to see in a modern, custom home, such as kitchen islands, custom wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, distressed plank flooring, dual-vanity sinks, pendant lighting, and private garages.

The “main street” style retail component is a multi-use center featuring a grassy civic space that can be utilized by the Town for chili-cook offs, farmer’s markets, etc. A series of interconnected pathways and ramadas between the retail and residential developments lends to walkability, and a grand entry monument on Oracle Road promotes the ‘resort-style’ sense of arrival.

“With shopping and dining next door, this development becomes truly one-of-a-kind,” said Mark-Taylor Vice President Chris Brozina.

The Villas will feature the largest fitness facility in the industry at more than 4,000 square feet, a spinning studio, virtual personal trainers, a cyber café with Mac and PC options, the quintessential lagoon-style pool that has become a Mark-Taylor trademark, and a guard-housed porte-cochere main entry gate.

405 W. Cool Dr, CBRE

ACTUS Biotechnology Leases Office in Oro Valley

CBRE has completed a 1,793-square-foot office lease at 405 W. Cool Dr. in Oro Valley, Ariz. The tenant, technology development company ACTUS Biotechnology, relocates from its current space in Oro Valley in anticipation of growth.

Jeff Casper and David Montijo with CBRE’s Tucson office represented the landlord, Tucson-based Louey Holdings LLC, in negotiating the lease terms. ACTUS, also of Tucson, was represented by Bob Davis and Tom Hunt with Rein & Grossoehme Commercial Real Estate’s Tucson office.

Technology companies continue to be amongst the most active sectors in the Tucson office market,” said CBRE’s Casper. “The growth and success of companies like ACTUS will be essential to help create sustainable momentum in the market.”

Built in 2002, the property is located just north and west of Oracle and Magee Roads. Featuring proximity to amenities and abundant at-door parking, the 10-unit office condo is now 70 percent leased.


BIO5-TGen collaboration targets Alzheimer’s disease

BIO5 Oro Valley today announced a collaboration with the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) to develop new therapies for the treatment of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

BIO5 Oro Valley co-Director and University of Arizona College of Pharmacy medicinal chemist Dr. Christopher Hulme’s collaborative effort with TGen Assistant Professor Dr. Travis Dunckley will focus on the development of novel, small molecule inhibitors of dual-specificity tyrosine phosphorylation-regulated kinase 1A (DYRK1A). Upregulation of this kinase is implicated in promoting memory deficits associated with Down syndrome and neurodegenerative pathologies, particularly Alzheimer’s disease.

“DYRK1A is a well-validated, recently discovered target, ready for translational efforts to deliver an oral medication to patients suffering from this insidious disease,” said Dr. Hulme. “Indeed, coupled with the advanced small molecules in-hand that target DYRK1A, further efforts are underway that will broaden our therapeutic presence in the Alzheimer’s arena to other Arizona-based biological discoveries.”

Statistics from the National Institutes of Health indicate that 5.1 million older Americans – or 1-in-8 – suffer from Alzheimer’s, which makes it the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. Estimated to effect 45 million people worldwide by 2020, dementia is currently a leading, major unmet medical need and a costly burden on public health. Seventy percent of these cases have been attributed to Alzheimer’s, a neurodegenerative pathology characterized by a progressive decline in cognitive functions.

“This collaborative partnership is a critical step in advancing discoveries of the role DYRK1A plays to developing therapeutics that could alter the course of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. Dunckley.

Drs. Hulme and Dunckley will focus on providing a significant alternative to common approaches that focus on small molecules that inhibit the production of neurotoxic fragments of amyloid proteins and antibody immunization approaches targeting the build up of these fragments.

The joint effort will explore the decrease of DYRK1A activity in the brain with proprietary small-molecule inhibitors. This approach could lead to new therapeutic strategies to alleviate cognitive deficits associated with Alzheimer’s and Down syndrome.


BASIS Selects Eastmark for Its Next East Valley School

The nationally renowned charter school BASIS has selected Eastmark for its next East Valley campus. Construction on BASIS Mesa at Eastmark commences in March 2013.  The new school is set to open fall 2013.

“BASIS is our first 5-12 educational partner and a perfect fit for this community.  Eastmark’s central location in the East Valley will give hundreds of children more opportunities to earn a world-class education, which is a tremendous value for kids, their families and our region’s future workforce,” said Dea McDonald, Senior Vice President of DMB Associates and General Manager of Eastmark.

“Every DMB community features education and lifelong learning among its Community Life pillars, which are empowered by partnerships that extend far beyond the classroom.  We’re delighted to bring to future residents and neighbors this charter school option in the early phase of Eastmark,” added McDonald.

The new BASIS Mesa at Eastmark will complement the East Valley BASIS programs.  Because of the strong interest by parents and students, the BASIS Board of Directors agreed there was enough demand to develop another school in the East Valley, explained Craig Barrett, retired Chairman/CEO of Intel Corporation and Chairman of the Board for BASIS Schools Inc.

“Our BASIS Chandler School has had a waiting list since we opened.  DMB brought us the opportunity to develop in their new community, in an early phase of the development, where we could be a true partner.  Its location, easy access to transportation and vision for the future made Eastmark the right choice for us.  We’re eager to grow another top performing school for the region,” Barrett said.

The BASIS Mesa at Eastmark will open with grades 5-10, adding grade 11 by 2014 and grade 12 by 2015. BASIS Mesa may also add K through 4thgrades in ensuing years.  The design and size of the new school will be similar to its Chandler and Phoenix campuses. The campus will be located adjacent to the Eastmark Great Park situated on approximately 4.5 acres. DMB is advancing the development and construction of Eastmark Parkway to meet the timelines of the opening of the charter school.

Families can sign up for the BASIS Mesa at Eastmark interest list at www.basislink.org.

The first phase of Eastmark’s residential development is in the Queen Creek School District.  The district does not have plans to build another campus in Eastmark in the immediate future.

Eastmark will host its grand opening on June 1, 2013 with seven builders offering homes in the first phase of residential development.

BASIS is the top performing school in Arizona with BASIS students ranked highest in Stanford 10 national test scores in both math and reading in 2012.
All BASIS schools are “A” rated by the Arizona Department of Education (“AZEd”).

Approximately 5,000 students attend BASIS schools with campuses in Tucson, Oro Valley, Scottsdale, Chandler, Flagstaff, Peoria and Washington, D.C.  BASIS is also opening new schools in Ahwatukee, San Antonio, and a new K-4 program in Tucson.

Biosphere 2, Photo: Flickr, C. G. P. Grey, www.CGPGrey.com

Things To Do In Arizona: Biosphere 2

Participate in something unique this summer that will not only educate, but help you get involved in your community — Biosphere 2.

Located north of Tuscon, Ariz., sitting at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Biosphere 2 is a center of research, outreach, teaching and learning all about the Earth. But during your visit, you’ll also have the opportunity to become a member. By doing so, you’ll be able to get involved in the community and help out with various outreach programs, gaining hands-on experience that’s out of this world.

Biosphere 2 also offers tours, which include an introductory film, a historical overview, and a discussion of past and present research. Online, you’ll also find an interactive tour allowing you to explore the Biosphere 2 from an aerial view at your computer.

Always keeping its goal in mind, Biosphere 2 also offers an outreach and education program that provides community events and research experience for University of Arizona (UA) undergraduates. Community events include Science Saturday, Science Cafes and Citizen Science. Included with the cost of tour admission, Science Saturday events are designed to provide hands-on experience with science. Science Café, on the other hand, is a free event that allows UA scientists and the community to interact with one another at various venues in the area, such as Crushing Street, Saddlebrooke, Oro Valley, Green Valley, Sun City Vistoso, Gallagher Theater and Tumamoc Hill. And, lastly, Citizen Science is an opportunity to participate and help with science research and outreach efforts.

Whether you’re a lover of science, the Earth or interested in space, get involved at Biosphere 2. Plus, its surrounded by a natural desert preserve, and it was recently named one of the 50 must see “Wonders of the World” — so why wouldn’t you want to check it out?

For more information about Biosphere 2, please visit b2science.org.

Biosphere 2
32540 S. Biosphere Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85739
(520) 838-6200