An Oro Valley economic development update
* Securaplane Industries is constructing its new, 55,000-square-foot manufacturing and office facility at Tangerine and Innovation Park Drive. It’s the first new business within the Chamber-endorsed Innovation Park economic expansion zone. A memory care facility is also identified as a potential tenant in Innovation Park;
* Summit Hut opened its doors to huge crowds over the Fourth of July weekend in Oro Valley’s Oracle Crossings;
* Long Realty is finishing space in the brand new Shoppes at Oracle, on Oracle near Hardy;
* LA | Fitness continues construction on its new, multi-million dollar fitness facility on the northeast corner of Oracle and Hardy;
* Work has begun on the San Dorado project by Kitchell Construction at the foot of First Avenue on the east side of Oracle Road. The project will include 274 apartments, as well as commercial space on Oracle. CVS Pharmacy and Panera Bread are committed to build at the site;
* HSL Properties‘ Encantada at Steam Pump Village apartment project is rising from the ground at Steam Pump Village. It’ll have 270 apartments.
Other apartments coming: Oracle and Linda Vista, El Corredor, 220 units. Final design permissions have been secured. Total apartments for the 3 projects — 764 units.
Recently opened: Mattress Firm, Oracle south of Magee; The Joint Chiropractic, Oracle Crossings; Dollar Xpress, Oro Valley Marketplace; Planet Fitness, Rooney Ranch / Target center; Ala Buzz Café, Rancho Vistoso and Oracle; The Good Egg, Rooney Ranch; GMG Chinese Bistro, at ever-busier Lambert and La Canada; AZ Massage Center, also Lambert and La Canada with Oro Valley Florist, and Northwest Allied Physicians on the way; Fry’s fuel station, La Canada north of Lambert; Cattlemen’s Café 2, San Jose Plaza on Oracle; Tutoring Center, Catalina Hills Botanical Care and Halo Hair, all newly opened in the Safeway Center, Rancho Vistoso and Tangerine.
In development: Milano Nail Salon, Entrada de Oro; Great American Playhouse, in the former Ike’s, Oracle and Rancho Vistoso. In that center, Oro Valley Bicycle is expanding and relocating, and Pusch Ridge Design and Remodel Center is finishing space; Anam, Inc., San Jose Plaza; St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Tangerine west of La Cholla; Oracle Vista Memory Care, moving ahead at Oracle Vista Centre, Oracle and Desert Sky.
Brisk activity on the home front: Meritage Homes, 88 lots, nearly all sold, and Lennar are now selling and building Hohokam Mesa in Rancho Vistoso south of Splendido. Rancho de Cobre, 68 lots, Maracay, La Cholla and Glover; Rancho de Plata, 50 lots, Meritage, La Cholla north of Glover, 27 lots identified, Vistoso Highlands and Rancho Vistoso; Maracay, the north end of La Canada, 348 lots; a new 70-lot proposal in Stone Canyon. Total single-family residential permits in OV were 220 for the just-concluded fiscal year. There’ll be more in 2013-’14.
Get your tickets
Buy your tickets now for our Annual Meeting & Awards Breakfast on Thursday, August 15. For more information or to purchase your tickets online, click here.
And don’t forget about the Oro Valley State of the Town Address & Luncheon on Thursday, September 26.
For more information or to purchase your tickets online, click here.
Please join us this Thursday, Dec. 13, when new University of Arizona president Ann Weaver Hart addresses a luncheon meeting of the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Hart speaks to the group at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort, 10000 N. Oracle in Oro Valley. Registration opens at 11:45 a.m.
Tickets for the lunch are priced at $20, thanks to the generous support of the The Hilton.
Ann Weaver Hart became UA president in July. Previously, she was president at Temple University and the University of New Hampshire.
We’re hoping to have a large audience greet Dr. Hart in Oro Valley. We’ll also have a special presentation for Catalina Community Services, our 20th Birthday Bash partner. Call our office at 297-2191, or click here to register.
Pima school super laments funding
Linda Arzoumanian, Pima County school superintendent, won’t quibble over whether Arizona ranks 49th, or 36th, or whatever the case may be in per-capita student funding.
“We are #1 in cuts to education,” the recently re-elected official told the Public Policy Committee of the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. “That’s the truth, regardless of the ranking.”
And, with the defeat of Proposition 204 in November, school funding in the short term “doesn’t look good,” Arzoumanian said. “They talk about the fiscal cliff” in Washington. “In Arizona, we’re about to go over the fiscal cliff” with the expiration of the 1 percent sales tax approved by voters three years ago. It ends this May.
She said that, when you “shred the carrot” and identify the core sum of money going to Arizona schools from state sources, it’s “a little over $5,000″ per student.
“We feel very strongly the schools don’t have enough funding,” she said. “Districts do the best they can with what they’ve got. We have stellar, stellar school districts.”
During the morning session, Arzoumanian detailed the multiple duties of the Pima County School superintendent, and spoke with business and community leaders about ways to strengthen education.
“I have always believed education and business go together,” Arzoumanian said.
3 results for OV plan amendments
One General Plan amendment was continued, one was passed and one was defeated during the Oro Valley Town Council’s annual, lengthy General Plan amendment public hearing process on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
The Desert Springs proposal, at the end of Tangerine east of Oracle, packed the room with nearly 200 people. It would include medium- and low-density residential uses, up to 250 homes total, as well as neighborhood commercial / office uses on a parcel of private land along Oracle Road and just above Catalina State Park.
After more than 4 hours of presentation, council voted to continue the amendment, to allow for further refinement with town staff, the developer, the environmental community and the council.
“I believe that would have failed had it not been continued,” Councilman Joe Hornat told the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee on Thursday.
The council did pass a General Plan amendment for Mercado Mandarina, at the intersection of Tangerine and La Cholla. It includes commercial and some residential uses, along with a senior care facility north of Tangerine.
Urgent Care grand opening Dec. 15
The grand opening event includes health assessments and tours, entertainment, food, Santa Claus, games for the kids and face painting. SAUC has partnered with KVOA-TV, and is accepting donations of toys, food and clothing to support Kristi’s Kids “Season 4 Hope.”
Oro Valley officials join in the ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. that Saturday.
For information, call 544-2273, or go to www.sauc.com.
Learn about Bowenwork Sat., Dec. 15
Chamber member Balanced Bowenwork, 7467 N. Oracle, Suite 101, is explaining the “gentle power” of Bowenwork healing on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m.
Practitioners and clients “speak of their experiences and results of this amazing work,” business owner and operator Nancy Howe said. Discount certificates are being given to all who attend.
For information, and to reserve a spot, call 820-1810.
Chamber seeking bids for ’13 golf
The Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce is seeking bids to host the 2013 GOVCC / Steve Engle Memorial fund-raising golf tournament. Proceeds from the event help the chamber fund up to three $2,000 college scholarships for needy Northwest students.
We’re seeking two proposals. One would place the tournament in the springtime, either a Friday or a Saturday in late March or early April 2013. A second proposal would place the event in its traditional slot, a Friday or Saturday in early June.
It is an 18-hole scramble tournament.
Bids are due in our office by the end of the day Monday, Dec. 17. For information, contact events director Alex Demeroutis or president / CEO Dave Perry at 297-2191, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
Eller students ask for survey input
Students in the entrepreneurship program in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona are asking for a few minutes of your time to learn more about health and wellness programs for employees.
“Our venture idea is an innovative online platform to help local businesses engage employees in healthy lifestyle activities in a fun, competitive environment,” they said.
The surveys below take no longer than 5 minutes to complete and are completely confidential. The first survey is for you to take and the second is for your employees. “We greatly appreciate your support and are excited to be learning more about our market of interest,” they said.
The links are:
Anyone with questions may contact Madison Carroll at 520-400-0061 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
2 open houses at The Forum
Chamber member The Forum at Tucson hosts two open house events Dec. 14-15.
A memory care open house runs from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the 2500 N. Rosemont location in Tucson. The special guest speaker is Bridge to Rediscovery program trainer Kathleen Barlow, RN.
An independent living open house is set for 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. Festive favorites and refreshments, tours and holiday decorations are part of the day.
Hilton lights its tree on Fri., Dec. 7
The Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort lights its holiday tree this Friday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The public is welcome. It’s free. The resort is located at 10000 N. Oracle in Oro Valley.
The Arts Express Choir performs at 5:15 p.m., followed by The Nutcracker presented by Creative Dance Arts at 6. The Ironwood Ridge High School Encore! Show Choir sings at 6:15. The tree is lighted at 6:55.
All are welcome.
Salute to Click is Dec. 12
Tickets are on sale now for A Salute to Jim Click, an event benefitting Tucson Values Teachers on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.
Businessman Jim Click has made countless donations to Tucson charitable causes, with a special commitment to education. His charitable giving is being feted at the fund-raiser, which includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a champagne toast. It’s hosted by Dr. Ann Weaver Hart, president of the University of Arizona, and Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems.
Tickets are $75, and are available here.
Zuni show at WNPA on Dec. 15
Don’t miss the annual Zuni Fetish Show on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chamber member Western National Parks Association, in Oro Valley’s Innovation Park.
The show is “a fantastic opportunity to view hundreds of authentic Zuni fetishes and carvings,” brought specially to WNPA by Donald Sharp, who has been working with Zuni carvers for more than 30 years.
Reservations are not required for this special show and sale. For more information, go to www.wnpa.org.
We’ve got a terrific education workshop coming up on Wednesday, Oct. 10, when Chrisie Koury offers her expertise on networking.
Chrisie is the executive director of BNI’s Southern Arizona region. BNI, Business Network International, is establishing itself as a leading networking organization.
Some people might consider BNI a competitor to our Chamber. To an extent it’s true; companies like BNI form dues-paying groups that meet regularly to share information and make referrals to one another. All business service organizations compete for limited “networking” dollars.
In the good ol’ days, networking was a primary domain of chambers. We still network today, of course, but it’s not our sole reason to exist. Among our benefits are B-to-B referrals, listings for public use, advertising, public policy work with the Town of Oro Valley, weekly electronic newsletters … and education.
Chrisie certainly has something to offer, and we don’t care who gets the credit if our members are served. Do come to your Chamber’s education workshop next Wednesday, Oct. 10, 8-10 a.m., Pima Community College Northwest Campus. It’s $10. We’ll have refreshments. Call 297-2191 to RSVP, or send e-mail to Alex@orovalleychamber.com.