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Highways to City of Maricopa include Arizona State Route 238 and Arizona State Route 347. City of Maricopa lies approximately 15 miles west of Interstate 10 and 15 miles north of Interstate 8.

Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway runs from Casa Grande to the City of Maricopa, parallel to the Union Pacific Railway tracks. City of MaricopaXPress, a bus service operated by the city and Pinal County, offers two roundtrips to Phoenix geared towards commuters.
City of Maricopa is currently the closest stop from Phoenix on AMTRAK's Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle trains.

California Zephyr railcar at the City of  Maricopa, AZ Amtrak station.

AQUATIC CENTER AND REGIONAL PARK TO BE BUILT AND OPEN IN 2014
 

The Maricopa City Council voted Tuesday to name the city’s multigenerational-aquatic center and regional park Copper Sky Recreation Complex to capture the sunsets seen from Maricopa and ignite a brand name to attract visitors from outside the city.

“If you think about it, everyone remarks on the great sunsets in Arizona, and in Maricopa as well,” Jennifer Campbell, the city’s community services director, told the council before the vote.

Besides creating a recreation facility for local residents, she said the city hopes the multigenerational center and regional park will attract tourists, sporting events, concerts and festivals from around the state.

“We wanted to be marketing around Phoenix and Arizona,” she said, adding it was important to create a brand name not already in use.

Members of the council’s Marketing and Communications Subcommittee recommended the name after consulting with residents and the city’s Parks, Recreation and Library Advisory Committee.

Public input was sought through an online survey on the city’s website and city newsletters emailed to 3,000 subscribers. The city also reached out to city vendors and businesses to see if any were interested in sponsoring the facility in exchange for naming rights, but no applicable responses were received.

Twenty-five people responded to the survey.

Other names under consideration included Desert Oasis, Quail Vista, Estrella Vista and Rio Bravo.

Mayor Christian Price and Vice Mayor Ed Farrell said before the vote they had seen the recommendation by the marketing and communications subcommittee and Farrell said “eyes just lit up when the name was said.”

Price said, “I really like the Copper Sky name. … Copper Sky Recreation Complex just rolls off the tongue and invokes colors.”

The vote for the name was unanimous.

Now, Campbell said, graphic design work will begin on developing the brand for the complex including a logo, colors, signage and marketing materials in partnership with the Ak-Chin Indian Community.

 

The Parks, Recreation and Library Advisory Committee and marketing subcommittee will review designs before making recommendations to the city council.

The 52,000-square-foot multigenerational and aquatic center and 94-acre regional park currently are under construction at John Wayne Parkway and Bowlin Road and are expected to be completed early next year


ULTRASTAR MULTI- ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX OPENS..

ULTRASTAR MULTI- ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX OPENS..
 
The long-awaited UltraStar entertainment complex with movies, bowling, and other diversions celebrated its Grand Opening on November 15 in the new Ak-Chin Circle, just north of the Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino and Hotel in the City of Maricopa. The theater launched at midnight with “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt. 2” in all 12 theaters. During the day, the rest of the complex was in “in full swing.”

Vice President and General Manager Adam Saks calls the “multi-tainment center” a “one stop shop for family entertainment…and the largest in the country.” The facility includes a 12-theater digital movie complex with specialty food and liquor service for adults in select theaters, a 24-lane bowling center named “Ten Pins Down,” restaurants, a two-story laser tag facility, an amphitheater for performances, an arcade, an ice cream café, and spaces for private parties and events.

The multi-tainment center is technologically advanced with tablets used for menu boards in the restaurants, digital seats that rock and shake when the screen action warrants it (an extra fee service), and high tech used, even in restrooms.

The restaurant, 347 Grill, will serve family-friendly fare with indoor and patio seating. The “Luxe Lounge,” for those 21 and older, invites a fun crowd to watch the game and meet friends (without children). For families with babies, there will be special “Baby’s night out” or matinees so parents can attend with the kids, even if the babies cry.

Saks said, “The babies' nights are packed at our other theaters.”

The focus of the entire complex is VIP treatment. In the Star Class balconies of the theater, patrons can order food and beer and wine service to be delivered to their seats. At Ten Pins Down, the VIP lanes can be rented for special events and parties. The Ak-Chin amphitheater will seat 1,000, providing the largest outdoor entertainment venue in the area and will include a Jumbotron and sloped seating.

Central Arizona College Campus Information

Central Arizona College -  City of Maricopa Campus NOW OPEN

A little more than a year after breaking ground, students at Maricopa’s Central Arizona College branch will have their first opportunity to take classes at the school’s new site starting this semester.

The campus, located at 17495 N. Regent Drive, will host its first round of classes that range from painting and Asian cuisine to creative writing and income tax fundamentals for area students. Today’s opening is the first step toward the completion of the 25-year project that will create a 720,000 square foot school that can serve 20,000 students, and it comes approximately 12 months after CAC began construction on the local campus.

 

“It’s been just a year,” said project manager Michael Margolis. “This is pretty darned amazing.”

Although the entire complex is still under construction, the school has one of its buildings set to provide classes and includes a slew of amenities to offer a variety of courses. Among the amenities is a full-fledged kitchen for culinary students, chemistry labs for science, an herb garden and a dining area for students.

Margolis said the building is filled with energy-saving features like insulated glass and mechanized shades in certain classrooms, CCTV cameras around the outside of the school, and an aesthetic that’s natural, sun-drought tolerant and befitting of Maricopa’s history.

“All of that is suggestive of that area,” Margolis said.

The construction of the Maricopa campus is one of several projects CAC has entered that is paid for by a bond voters approved in 2008 and includes a new campus in San Tan Valley, the revamping of the Pence Center for Visual and Performing Arts at the school’s Signal Peak campus and the renovation of the Apache Junction campus. CAC director of public relations Tom Di Camillo said the lattermost project relates to one of the goals of the Maricopa project – providing students a more collegial environment. 

“We didn’t see a lot of students hanging out on campus (in Apache Junction); that’s changed dramatically,” Di Camillo said.

With the first part of the campus now open, the school can continue to expand its offerings for Maricopa students. One option the Di Camillo mentioned was bringing the school’s promise for the future program to the Maricopa campus. That program allows Pinal County students to commit to CAC in eighth grade and receive four semesters of free tuition if they graduate high school with a 2.75 GPA or greater.

And while students can already take Northern Arizona University classes via satellite, Di Camillo said there is discussion to begin offering four-year degrees for students.

Opening the first building, he said, can help CAC prevent Maricopa students from departing Pinal County to attend schools in the Valley.

“Our job is to open them up so people don’t have to drive,” Di Camillo said.

 
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99¢ Only Stores to open in October-- NOW OPEN IN MARICOPA
 

Maricopa shoppers will soon have a new option for picking up groceries, toiletry items and other essential household needs.

An 11,600-square-foot 99¢ Only Stores taking shape near John Wayne Parkway and Edison Road – next to Aaron’s and Big O Tires – is scheduled to open in October.

The store will include a perishable-foods section with milk, eggs, fresh vegetables and fruits along with frozen foods. Like other 99¢ Only Stores, customers can get their hands on general toiletry items as well as party supplies.

Sarah Correa, public relations and marketing coordinator for the business, said the Maricopa location is one of several stores currently being built in Arizona. Other openings will take place in Yuma, Laveen and Kingman.

There are 29 stores in Arizona. By the time the Maricopa location opens its doors, it will be store No. 33 in the state. 

Correa said the number of new stores for the business, which has locations in California, Nevada and Texas, is picking up. 

“It’s good news for us and good for our customers,” she said. 
 
The business buys directly from major product manufacturers such as Frito Lay, General Mills, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, Kellogg’s, Wrigley and others, according to its website. 

Correa said very few items are more than 99 cents. For example a dozen eggs would be 99 cents, but two dozen would cost more.

October -2013
 
Fill er up..... Circle K on its way to the South side of the tracks,,,,,,

Plans to build a Circle K convenience store and gas station at John Wayne Parkway and Bowlin Road are again moving forward after the poor economy hampered the project’s development.

The city approved a site plan for the store in April 2007. InMaricopa.com previously reported that construction would begin in December 2009.
Terry Brown, advertising and brand manager for Circle K Stores Inc., said in an email the project was pushed back because of the recession. The company

hopes to develop the property – a portion of a 61,775-square-foot vacant lot – in the third quarter of 2014.

Brown said the project is "still awaiting approval from senior management".

The lot is on the northeast corner of the intersection, just north of where the city is constructing its 140-acre Copper Sky Recreation Complex, which will include a multigenerational and aquatics center. The complex is scheduled to open in the spring.

According to a site plan review application, Circle K has redesigned the architecture of the convenience store and fuel dispensing canopy "to be more reflective" of the multigenerational facility.

"The city asked us to reflect the architecture of the recreation center, and we were very willing to incorporate elements that would cohesively tie the Circle K operation to the town’s center," Brown said

The original site plan called for 10 fuel dispensers underneath the canopy. In the application, Circle K requested that number be reduced to eight – a request partly made "to improve on-site circulation of vehicles."

According to the application, the Circle K is part of a larger retail development project. Brown said the store and fuel station would occupy about 50 percent of the vacant lot, and the company was unaware of the developer’s plans for the remaining portion of the property.

The developer listed on the application is MD Partners, LLC, based in Phoenix.

Mike Scarbrough of MD Partners said in a phone message that all questions about the project would need to be directed to Circle K. He said the business

would not make comments or answer questions about the project, as per company policy.

There are two Circle K convenience stores currently located in Maricopa along John Wayne Parkway. At this time, there are no gas stations in the city located on John Wayne Parkway south of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.
 
 

New police vehicle to focus on DUI enforcement

This holiday season, the Maricopa Police Department will have a new tool for stopping drivers who decide to drink before getting behind the wheel.

Funded by a grant received from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the local police agency will add a Chevy Tahoe to its fleet of vehicles. The Tahoe will be outfitted with equipment used specifically for DUI enforcement.

“The vehicle won’t be used for regular day-to-day operations,” said Ricky Alvarado, a spokesman for the department.

Rather, the Tahoe will be reserved for special occasions, when drunk drivers are likely to be out on the road. That includes holidays and special city events such as the Salsa Festival and Stagecoach Days. The police department will use the vehicle when teaming up with the Pinal County Regional D.U.I. Task Force, a multi-agency effort to stop drunk drivers during these special occasions.    

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety awarded the department $72,000 to cover the cost of the SUV, equipment and employee-related expenses as well as funding for processing blood samples.  

The Tahoe will include five portable breath test devices and an Intoxilyzer 8000, an instrument that uses infrared light to detect alcohol on a person’s breath.

In June, the city council approved two contracts with the GOHS that broke down the personnel and equipment expenses related to use of the funds.
Alvarado said the department applied for the funds because of the potential for impaired drivers on Maricopa’s main roadway – State Route 347.

 

“We have such a large community population wise,” he said. “We have one way in, one way out.”

According to the two contracts, which detail the problems facing Maricopa police when it comes to DUI enforcement, impaired driving continues to be a concern for the agency.

In the first quarter of last fiscal year, “28 officers conducted 1,448 traffic stops during a task force detail resulting in 44 arrests with an average BCA of 0.153,” a contract states.

In Arizona, it is against the law for a person over the age of 21 to drive a vehicle with an alcohol concentration of .08 or more. For a commercial driver, the limit is .04 or more.  

Permanent public health clinic open Feb. 7

City of Maricopa now has a freestanding public health clinic to replace the mobile unit that now visits the city three days a week at the park-and-ride lot on North John Wayne Parkway.

A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was held at 2 p.m. Feb. 7 for the City of Maricopa Public Health Clinic in front of the Maricopa library on West Smith-Enke Road.

The Pinal County Division of Public Health will operate the clinic and provide immunizations, nutritional services, women’s health, newborn and infant wellness checks, and family planning.

Clinic hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

Currently, the mobile unit is available 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. 

The 11,800-square-foot clinic has eight exam rooms, a reception area, a child’s play area, a vital records area, several offices and a locker room and break room for employees.

“It is set up for privacy in a way you simply can’t have in an RV,” said Pinal County spokeswoman Heather Murphy.

An important goal of the county’s health department, Murphy said, is to increase the rate of childhood immunizations.

“If you go back six years and look at childhood immunizations we were at 40 percent for the county,” she said. “We have succeeded in bringing it up to more than 80 percent for many areas.”

Murphy said immunizations not only protect the child who was vaccinated, but all the people in contact with the child.

Immunizations are free to everyone 18 and younger, and other services are either free or provided on a sliding scale based on patient’s insurance, she said.

“The message we’d like to get out there is we want them to come to us if they don’t have insurance or in between insurance and need a cervical cancer screening,” she said.

Services at the clinic include:

• Childhood Immunizations (no charge for children 18 and younger)
• Well-woman health checks
• Cervical cancer screenings
• Breast cancer screenings
• Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases
• Reproductive health services (non-surgical)
• Administration of the Women, Infants & Children program for nutrition
• Flu shots
• Referrals to smoking cessation programs
• Adult immunizations (TDAP, TB Skin Tests, Hepatitus B)
• Diabetes support groups (special schedule)

A few weeks after the City of Maricopa clinic opened, the county opened a similar facility in San Tan Valley.

Pinal County operates freestanding health clinics in Coolidge, Casa Grande, Eloy, Apache Junction, Kearny, Mammoth, Oracle, San Manuel, Stanfield and Superior.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 1-866-960-0633. The clinic is at 41600 W. Smith-Enke Road Maricopa, AZ 85138

 

Banner Health Care Center - City of Maricopa - NOW OPEN

After years of planning, and nearly nine months of construction, the new Banner Health Center in Maricopa is open and seeing patients. As the first major medical facility in Maricopa, the center is the result of a public/private partnership between the City of Maricopa and Banner Health. Recognizing a critical need for medical services among Maricopa’s rapidly growing population, the City began discussions with Banner Health back in 2006 and the partnership solidified in 2010.

A community open house was held on May 12 to give residents an opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour, meet physicians and staff, and learn about services offered at the center. During the official grand opening on May 16, the center saw 29 patients with many more residents stopping in to learn more about the facility and schedule future appointments. The center focuses on primary care, and provides residents of Maricopa and surrounding communities with access to family/general medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and OB/GYN physicians. Ancillary services, including laboratory services, general X-ray imaging and patient education are also offered. One innovative feature of the center is the consult room, which connects patients in Maricopa to physicians and specialists from Banner’s other branches via video feed. Banner Health operates 14 other branches in Arizona, as well as branches in California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming.

Approximately 200 Banner employees already live in Maricopa and work at other branches in the Phoenix metropolitan area. With the opening of the new center, a number of these employees have been given an opportunity to both live and work in Maricopa. The Maricopa Center is starting with approximately 15 staff members, including six physicians, six medical assistants and a radiology technician. Specialists will be available at the facility a few times a week with possible specialty services including cardiology, general surgery and orthopedics.

Banner Health plans to expand the 41,000 square-foot facility in the future as Maricopa’s population continues to grow and additional medical services are needed. Two more phases are envisioned, which could include adding a second level to the facility and increasing the number of staff to up to 40 physicians plus additional support personnel. The Maricopa Center is unique from Banner Health’s previous projects in that it is their first facility completely conceptualized and designed from scratch, and it is based on knowledge acquired through construction and operation of its other branches.

The new Banner Health Center is one of several exciting projects underway in Maricopa. Other major projects that will be completed over the next two years include phase one of Central Arizona College’s Maricopa Campus, a new city services complex (City Hall and a police station) and a multigenerational and aquatics center

Groundbreaking held for Banner Health Center

A dusty plot of land on Porter Road behind Walmart will soon be transformed into a new 40,000-square-foot medical facility.

A crowd of about 250 gathered under a tent this morning as officials broke ground for the Banner Health Center, which has been in the planning stages since 2006.

Along with primary care doctors, the center will provide pediatrics and ancillary services such as X-ray and laboratory services. Banner Health Care is a nonprofit provider with locations throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Long-range plans are to build the center in stages. Eventually, the facility could more than double to nearly 87,000 square feet with an outpatient surgical center if the city’s population grows and there is an increased demand for services, Banner representatives have said.

The first phase should be completed in spring or summer of 2012. “As City of Maricopa grows, the Banner Health Center will grow with you,” Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Bethancourt said at the ceremony.

Mayor Anthony Smith said health care has always been one of the economic development pillars of the city. He thanked Economic Development Director Danielle Casey for her hard work and persistence with the project.

Referring to the timeline of the project, Smith said, “The turning point came in November 2009 when we moved from ‘if’ into ‘when’ in City of Maricopa.”

Craig Jensen, who directs Banner’s outpatient health centers, said five years ago Banner was “hunted down” by Casey, but at that time the company did not have City of Maricopa “on its radar screen.”

As the company took a closer look at the city, an expansion into City of Maricopa, which is short by 20 primary-care physicians, became a higher priority, he said.

“We looked at City of Maricopa as a unique opportunity to get a start-up business and grow with the community,” he said.

Jensen was one of four speakers yesterday at a breakfast hosted by the Pinal Partnership, a coalition of community, business and educational and governmental leaders, at Central Arizona College in Coolidge.

Jensen said the Banner Health Center will start with six primary care doctors and quickly go up to eight. Patients also will have local access to specialists such as cardiologists.

He said another benefit of the center is that it will offer extended hours. “People want to see a doctor before work, after work or on the weekend,” he said.

The center will start out with 31 to 36 employees, he said, but could have as many as 110 after it expands. About 200 City of Maricopans already work for Banner in the Valley, Jensen said, and some of them could end up working at the local facility.

He said Banner had recently set up a Facebook page to announce the City of Maricopa center. Jensen said the page is getting comments like, “I’m a health-care professional living in City of Maricopa. When are you going to open so I can have a local job?”

New "Outlet" Shopping Center NOW OPEN Adjacent to Wild Horse Pass Casino -2013

Simon Property Group, Inc (SPG) recently announced that it has commenced construction of an upscale shopping center named Phoenix Premium Outlets in Chandler, Arizona. Phase I of the project, encompassing 360,000 square feet of space. is expected to open in spring 2013.

Phoenix Premium Outlets comprises premium and high quality brands and will serve the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale areas. Simon Property is expected to benefit from the this project as it is located adjacent to the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino and various other facilities at Wild Horse Pass.

This upscale shopping center is expected to boost the region’s local economy, generate huge employment opportunities and will also be a major attraction for all the residents in that area.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Simon Property is the largest publicly traded retail real estate company in North America with assets in almost all retail distribution channels. Furthermore, the company’s international presence gives it a more sustainable long-term growth story than its domestically focused peers. The geographic and product diversity of the company insulates it from market volatility to a great extent and provides a steady source of income.

Bank of America to offer Mortgage Principal Reductions

A select group of struggling mortgage borrowers is about to get an offer that sounds too good to be true. Executives at Bank of America say they will begin mailing 200,000 letters offering certain customers mortgage principal reduction.

 "If people get these things and toss them, they won't be eligible," says Ron Sturzenegger, the Bank of America executive charged with providing solutions to borrowers in need of mortgage assistance.

But the offer is real, and eligible borrowers could get an average of $150,000 knocked off the balance of their mortgages. It is all part of the $25 billion settlement reached this year between federal and state agencies and the nation's five largest mortgage servicers over fraudulent foreclosure document processing (so-called "robo-signing").

Bank of America, in a deal with state attorneys general and the U.S. Department of Justice, committed $11 billion to mortgage principal reduction, but executives say they will go beyond that if enough borrowers respond to their offer. Five thousand borrowers have already received a collective $700 million in principal reduction through a pilot program for those already in a modification negotiation. The 200,000 borrowers being targeted now may have already exhausted modification options or may have yet to contact the lender.

 Executives say borrowers receiving the letters are eligible, but they still have to prove they qualify. In order to be eligible, a borrower must be 60 days late on the mortgage payment as of Jan. 31, 2012. The borrower has to owe more on the mortgage than the home is currently worth, commonly known as being underwater on the mortgage, and the borrower's loan must either be owned by Bank of America or serviced by Bank of America for an investor who is allowing the modifications.

 In order to qualify for the modification, the borrower must answer the letter with full documentation of income, showing that under the terms of the modification they can  make the monthly payment. A borrower with no income would therefore not qualify. A borrower's current monthly payment must be more than 25% of gross income, and the borrower must show they are unable to afford that.

 "If you can afford to make your monthly payment and are choosing not to, you will not get this principal modification," says Sturzenegger.

 If the borrower qualifies, Bank of America will bring the monthly mortgage payment down to 25% of the borrower's gross income. That could mean principal forgiveness well over $100,000, as there is no limit to the amount of the mortgage. If enough borrowers respond, it could cost Bank of America far more than it committed to in the settlement.

 "Yes, we have the capability to go well beyond the $11 billion," adds Sturzenegger.

 Bank executives say that before choosing which borrowers will get the offer, they performed a net present value test on each loan, making sure that the principal reduction modification would net Bank of America or the investor who owns the loan more than foreclosing on the home would. "It has to be fair to the investor as well," says Sturzenegger.

 Not all of the 200,000 borrowers who receive the letters are expected to respond. Executives say there is a level of fatigue among delinquent borrowers who have already received several notices or who may have gone through a failed modification process already. Some borrowers simply don't want to stay in their homes, while others may think the offer is a scam.

 "They have been contacted by a lot of other people, and this offer may appear too good to be true," says Sturzenegger.

 That's why Bank of America is sending the letters by certified mail and trying to make the language as simple as possible. A sample letter obtained by CNBC shows a red box in the top corner labeled "IMPORTANT" and simple language stating, "Qualifying customers may reduce their monthly payment by an average of 35 percent."

Some 6,500 letters should be arriving in mailboxes across the country this week, with a wave of new letters going out every week until the end of the summer, when all 200,000 should have been mailed. Bank of America is staggering the mailings in order to handle the expected response.

 The bank has staffed up to handle the task, with 50,000 employees manning servicing desks, but the process will clearly take a lot of time. That's why Bank of America has suspended any foreclosure actions against these 200,000 borrowers until the process is complete.

 There are currently 5.59 million U.S. loans that are either delinquent or in the foreclosure process, according to Lender Processing Services. Bank of America services 1 million of those loans, but many of them are owned by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Their regulator, Edward DeMarco of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, has yet to agree to principal reduction in loan modifications, despite harsh criticism from some lawmakers on Capitol Hill and increasing pressure from the White House.