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New to Market: Broadstone Lincoln

Broadstone Lincoln

Developer: Alliance Residential Company
General Contractor: Alliance Residential Builders
Architect: ORB Architecture
Location: 7100 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, Ariz.
Size: 219,000 SF (net rentable area)
Value: $50M
Start and completion dates: Started third quarter 2012. Completed second quarter 2014.

Project Description: Broadstone Lincoln is a 264-unit community that sits on 5.31 acres of land adjacent to the future 110-acre, master-planned Ritz Carlton development. It’s within two miles of a variety of high-end destination shopping centers, including Scottsdale Fashion Square. The community features a mix of high-end finishes and amenities, such as upgraded fixtures and appliances, gas cooktops, hard-surface counters, climate-controlled interior corridors, direct-access elevators, underground parking, private garages, a state-of-the-art fitness center, luxurious common areas for entertaining, and a separate flex studio to coordinate fitness functions and host resident events. The property is pursuing LEED for Homes Platinum Certification.

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ASU real estate development students compete in challenge

Students in Arizona State University’s Masters of Real Estate Development (MRED) program at the W.P. Carey School of Business will be competing for up to $6,000 in the inaugural REIAC/Rockefeller Group Challenge starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13 at the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix.

Three competing teams of graduating MRED students will each present a development solution for a storied asset of local Arizona commercial real estate including multi-family, retail and entertainment. MRED teams will demonstrate their strategy for the local development projects including acquisition, financing, entitlements and design.

Teams will have just 10 minutes to present followed by questions, with the winning team chosen by the audience. Winning team members will each receive a $1,000 cash prize, up to $6,000.

The REIAC/Rockefeller Challenge MRED case competition event is open to the public and cost is $35. The event includes a networking reception with appetizers and refreshments from 6-7 p.m. Seating is limited and reservations are required online at www.reiacsouthwest.org or call 623-581-3597.

The Southwest Chapter of REIAC, an exclusive organization of top real estate executives involved in developing, acquiring and/or financing real estate recently formed a partnership with ASU’s MRED program.

“REIAC is very excited to conduct this inaugural competition event for the MRED program, aligning top real estate experts and professional standards with academia for bettering the commercial real estate community as a whole,” said Todd Jarman, board president of REIAC Southwest and senior vice president, BBVA Compass.

The MRED student case study competition is sponsored by The Rockefeller Group who has a longstanding history of supporting education. The future W.P. Carey Evening MBA program will be located at The Rockefeller Group’s Chandler 101, an 844,000-square-foot mid-rise office development in Chandler’s Price Corridor

“We are extremely proud to be sponsoring this premier student competition of ASU’s graduate level program for demonstrating their mastery of a real estate investment and determining the feasibility of its development,” said Mark Singerman, REIAC board member and regional director-Arizona for The Rockefeller Group.

“Many of Phoenix’s real estate executives have ties to ASU and a significant number are also members of REIAC. The alliance allows for the students to have access to local real estate leaders and we’re looking forward to seeing the teams showcase their talents in the annual REIAC/Rockefeller Group Challenge,” Singerman said.

“The REIAC/Rockefeller Group Challenge provides students an experience that teaches them how to apply the theory of real estate in a practical way only available because of local industry support that comes from this Challenge,” said Mark Stapp, executive director of MRED, W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU.

REIAC provided $5,000 in scholarships for the 2013/2014 academic year. Requirements of the scholarship program include being a full-time student, an Arizona resident and preferably, having the desire to work locally upon graduation.

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Wright earns new title from Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix

The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix has announced the promotion of Carla-Risha Wright to senior sales manager, group at the luxury hotel in time for its upcoming 25th anniversary. In her new position, Wright will be responsible for managing large group business for the property in the Western and Southern regions of the United States.

Joseph Wronski, Director of Sales and Marketing for The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, praises Wright on her promotion. “Carla-Risha has been an outstanding member of the sales team here at The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, and it is with great pleasure that we congratulate her on her much deserved promotion. We have the utmost confidence that she will continue to excel in her new role.”

Wright began her career with The Ritz-Carlton in April 2007 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica where she led the wedding sales team to record results. She joined The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix team in January 2010 as a catering sales manager and was promoted to Senior Sales Manager, Catering in July 2012. Wright has been recognized within the sales and marketing department of The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix for her outstanding work ethic and dedication to growing the hotel’s social catering revenue.

“I’m delighted to accept this promotion and take on the new challenges that will face me in group sales,” said Wright. “My purpose is to make the impossible possible.”

Born in Jamaica, Carla-Risha Wright is a 2004 graduate of the University of the West Indies with a degree in tourism management. She is deeply involved within the community, as she sits on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Foundation for Women and the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. She is also a member of the Black Board of Directors Project and volunteers for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Wright currently resides in Scottsdale with her husband Andre and their two daughters. She is an avid reader and loves to travel in her spare time.

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Special Summer Wine Dinner at The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix

The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix will share A Summer Wine Dinner at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 25, with the Bistro 24 dining experience to be complemented by the Sonoma, California wines of Rodney Strong Vineyards.

The culinary evening will feature a savory starter, a summer salad with shaved seasonal vegetables, and a main course of pan-seared organic chicken with English pea purée, roasted baby potatoes and pickled carrots. A delicate dessert of vanilla-poached peach, toasted almond panna cotta, lemon raspberry meringue and raspberry sorbet will end the four-course repast, with each course to be paired with a Rodney Strong wine. Featured wines will include the 2012 Charlotte’s Home Estate Sauvignon Blanc named after Strong’s wife, the 2011 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay, the 2011 Russian River Valley Estate Pinot Noir and Strong’s 2010 Symmetry (Red Meritage) Alexander Valley.

Priced at $65 per guest exclusive of tax and gratuity, early reservations  are recommended. The event follows last month’s Summer Beer Dinner at Bistro 24 and is the next in a series of ongoing special evenings to be presented by Bistro 24. For reservations, call (602) 952-2424.

Guests wishing to pair their Summer Wine Dinner with an overnight stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix may also select from several luxury packages offered this season. Priced from $219 per night, the hotel’s Bed and Breakfast package is available on July 25 and includes deluxe accommodations, breakfast for two in Bistro 24, 20% shopping savings at the hotel and overnight valet parking. Bed and Breakfast at The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix may be booked at http://www.ritzcarlton.com, toll-free at (800) 241-333 or through a travel professional.

About The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix
Ideally situated in the Camelback Corridor within walking distance of shopping, dining and business venues — and within minutes of 10 Phoenix-area sports stadiums, The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix offers 281 luxurious guest rooms and suites including the widely-acclaimed Ritz-Carlton Club Level®.  The hotel’s popular Bistro 24 restaurant is the city’s premier venue for indoor/outdoor breakfast, lunch, Happy Hour and dinner, while the spacious restaurant patio and hotel pool deck have become Phoenix favorites for alfresco weddings and social events. Offering an elegant yet relaxed Southwestern sense of place and acclaimed service, The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix is consistently rated Arizona’s #1 business hotel and is celebrating its 25th anniversary throughout 2013.

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2 new restaurants opening at Esplanade

Cushman & Wakefield today announced the opening of two new restaurants at The Shops at Esplanade, located on the southeast corner of Camelback Road and 24th Street.  The new tenants are part of Esplanade owner, MetLife, and Cushman & Wakefield’s efforts to revitalize the property’s retail presence.

“We have worked diligently with MetLife to attract an exciting and successful blend of restaurants and retailers at the property that will suit this market,” said Jon Cowen, Senior Director at Cushman & Wakefield.  “The Camelback Corridor provides a fabulous market opportunity for the correct tenants and we’re pleased that ownership’s plan is coming to fruition.”

Pearl Live!, a Scottsdale–based company, will open a sushi restaurant with live entertainment.  Pearl Live! at the Esplanade will be the second sushi/entertainment concept for renowned restaurateur, Jimmy Carlin.  The Esplanade location will feature a large, outdoor patio, an indoor/outdoor bar, and live music.  Situated directly across from the Ritz Carlton, the space was previously occupied by Morton’s Steakhouse. Mr. Carlin plans to cater to the business lunch and happy hour crowds, but also provide an upscale venue at night.  Bob Tam, former corporate chef for PF Chang’s and current Director of Culinary Operations for Maven Hospitality Group (who recently opened The Strand Urban Italian in downtown Phoenix), will be responsible for the creation of Pearl Live!’s menu.  The approximate 7,977 square foot sushi restaurant is slated to open in May.

Solo Trattoria, a new concept from Chicago-based Gemstone Café Group, plans to open their doors at the Esplanade in mid February.  Brittany Harrison of Catalyst Commercial represented the tenant in this transaction, bringing the company’s first location to Arizona.  The Modern Italian restaurant leased approximately 2,555 square feet of space which was previously occupied by Picazzo’s Pizza.  Solo Trattoria, with its cozy and inviting ambiance, will feature fresh tasting Italian food, including Naples style thin crust pizza, authentic pastas, imported cheeses, and wine and beer.

Jon Cowen and Summer Jackson of Cushman & Wakefield serve as exclusive leasing agents for the Shops at Esplanade, while Larry Downey, Jerry Jacobs, and Michael Crystal lease the available office space for property owner MetLife.

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YWCA Hosts 2013 Tribute To Leadership Gala

YWCA Maricopa County will Host its 20th annual Tribute To Leadership Gala on February 23, 2013, at the Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix at 6:00pm. Guests will be provided an elegant setting to dine and dance to the wonderful Upper East Side Big Band.

Tribute To Leadership, our largest event of the year, will honor those who have made substantial contributions to eliminating discrimination, empowering women, and serving as champions to our community. The gala provides funding to support YWCA programs throughout the year; including financial education, advocacy and awareness programs, and essential services for seniors. Please join us on February 23rd to celebrate these amazing honorees. For more information, visit www.ywcaaz.org or call 602-258-0990.

2013 Tribute to Leadership Honorees:

Jaye Perricone, PetSmart, Advocacy Leader

Pamela Overton Risoleo, Greenberg Traurig, Community Service Corporate Leader

Andy Kramer, Banner Health Foundation, Community Service Nonprofit Leader

Michael Barnard, Phoenix Theatre, Creative Arts Leader

Paul Luna, Helios Education Foundation, Education Leader

Dean Victor Coonrod, MD-MPH, Maricopa Medical Center, Health & Science Leader

Patricia Little-Upah, retired, US Army Reserve, Military or Armed Service Leader

Angela Hughey, ONE Community Media, Public Service Leader

Karen Churchard, Arizona Centennial 2012 Foundation, Centennial Leader

Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury, Sports Leader

Julie Sullivan, International Foundation for Education & Self-Help, Racial Justice Leader

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Sanctuary Named Top Resort in the Southwest

The results of Condé Nast Traveler’s 25th annual Readers’ Choice Awards are in, and Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain has been voted the number one resort in the Southwest. With an overall score of 92.5 reflecting readers’ opinions on rooms, service, food, location, design and activities, Sanctuary shares the region’s top spot with Tucson’s The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. This year, Condé Nast Traveler received a record 46,476 responses, with readers evaluating more than 10,000 resorts, destinations, airlines, and cruise lines worldwide.

“We are honored to be recognized by Condé Nast Traveler’s readers and thrilled for the Sanctuary team,” said Mike Surguine, vice president and general manager of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain.  “The Phoenix/Scottsdale region has long been a sanctuary for leisure travelers, and we owe a debt of gratitude to the people and businesses that make this one of the world’s best places to visit.”

Condé Nast Traveler’s complete list of top resorts in the Southwest is available at http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards/united-states/top-25-resorts-southwest-usa.

Top 5 Southern Arizona Accommodations (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Southern Arizona Accommodations (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Southern Arizona Accommodations — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Canyon Ranch

8600 E. Rockcliff Rd., Tucson, AZ 85750
800-742-9000
canyonranch.com
Dozens of fitness activities, spa cuisine, wellness consultations in preventive medicine, nutrition, stress management, spiritual awareness, and body and skin care treatments.


JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85745
520-792-3500
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Rich with culture, history and beauty, this resort is complete with world-class spa facilities, nationally acclaimed golf courses, fine dining and award-winning restaurants, and perfectly designed convention and meeting spaces.


Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

7000 N. Resort Dr., Tucson, AZ 85750
520-299-2020
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Features 398 guest rooms, four restaurants and lounges, eight tennis courts, two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses, fitness trails, swimming pools and a full-service spa.


Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

15000 N. Secret Springs Dr., Marana, AZ 85658
520-572-3000
ritzcarlton.com
Nestled in the high Sonoran Desert against the Tortolita Mountains, The Ritz-Carlton features a destination spa, world-class hiking, Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf, indoor and outdoor dining including True American Cuisine at CORE Kitchen and Wine Bar, all within a striking canyon setting.


Westward Look Resort

245 E. Ina Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704
800-722-2500
westwardlook.com
Set high in the foothills overlooking Tucson and warmed by an abundance of desert sunshine, Westward Look Resort is a rejuvenating resort environment inspired by the beauty of its pristine natural surroundings.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

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Arizona’s Most Admired Companies Awards 2010

The 2010 Arizona’s Most Admired Companies Awards, held at the Ritz Carlton in Phoenix on Sept. 14, 2010, was a hit with almost 500 people gathering to celebrate excellence in the Arizona business community. The night honored 43 companies in Arizona that are outstanding in the areas of customer opinion, leadership excellence, social responsibility and workplace culture.

Emcee Brahm Resnik, news anchor with 12 News, recognized the companies and handed the mic off to our four presenting sponsors, who announced our Spotlight Awards. Sundt Construction, American Express, St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center and BeachFleischman were the night’s Spotlight Award winners.

Along with celebrating Arizona businesses, attendees feasted on scrumptious desserts. Here are a few photos from the celebration, but there’s more photos of the 2010 MAC Awards in our MAC Photo Album.

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