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ASU Diablo Aug 25, 2023 12:08 AM

General contractor tapped to take over Phoenix construction project
 
Didn't even know Aspire was delayed and hadn't finished construction. Hope Empire Group goes with Clayco when it's time to break ground on Astra

https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/...x-project.html
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Chicago-based Clayco Inc. has been selected as general contractor to finish construction of a 17-story residential tower in downtown Phoenix, replacing the former general contractor.

Tucson-based BFL Construction Co. Inc. walked away from the project and is now in litigation, David Eves, the general contractor's president, told the Business Journal.

"It's very unfortunate and disappointing that the project was taken to 95% completion," Eves said. "And due to circumstances that can't be disclosed at this time, BFL Construction had to make the decision to walk away."

Scottsdale-based Empire Group of Cos., the developer of the 254-unit project at Third Avenue and Fillmore Street, declined comment.

Don Frank, senior project director for Clayco, confirmed his firm had taken over the project but said he didn't want to comment on the other general contractor that was a year late on delivering the project.

In March 2019, when Empire Group told the Business Journal it was getting ready to break ground on the $80 million Aspire project, the goal was to finish construction during the first quarter of 2021.

But the coronavirus pandemic created labor shortages and supply chain issues that caused many projects in Arizona and across the nation to stall. Frank now expects Clayco to finish the project by late November.

While the multifamily sector has been a refuge against wider economic uncertainty, there are signs the pipeline is beginning to slow. Nationwide, multifamily permits in July dropped 32% year-over-year for buildings with five or more units, according to Construction Dive. Phoenix is seeing a similar trend, with housing permits in the second quarter dropping 46% year-over-year, according to ABI Multifamily.

Nevertheless, ABI Multifamily reported that Phoenix had 43,854 units under construction at the end of the second quarter, a 26% increase year-over-year.

Clayco's rising reputation in Phoenix
It's the third developer to turn to Clayco to replace a general contractor in the Valley in the past two years.

Clayco had taken over the general contracting job for the first phase of X Phoenix after Katerra Inc. shuttered its doors in late 2021. Also that year, Chicago-based Hubbard Street Group selected Clayco to build its $87 million, 26-story tower at the southeast corner of Garfield and Sixth streets in downtown Phoenix after Katerra filed for bankruptcy protection.

Separately, Chicago-based The X Co. also selected Clayco as general contractor for the second phase of construction at X Phoenix, a 19-story apartment tower at 2nd Avenue and Van Buren Street — as well as for its X Roosevelt project, which will include 400 beds spanning 19 stories at 625 N. 2nd Ave. in downtown Phoenix.

Clayco has several other apartment projects under construction, and more in the pipeline.

The general contractor just took down the crane at the 29-story Palm Tower in downtown Phoenix, a signal construction is nearing completion for the 352-unit apartment community.

Frank said he's shooting for a spring 2024 completion date for Palm Tower, which is owned by North American Development Group. Taking down the crane means the construction crew has completed the structure and loaded all the rooftop equipment, he said.

"Taking down the tower crane is like the third quarter of a football game," he said. "We're now focused on the finishes."

While the construction of Palm Tower winds down, Clayco is gearing up for an even bigger project near Tempe Town Lake.

Called South Pier, that apartment community spans three residential towers totaling 724 units. It is part of a 1.3 million square-foot mixed use project that will include three levels of subterranean parking and podium amenities and retail.

"Clayco began setting the project trailers at South Pier this week," Frank said. "That one is getting ready to take off."

Sunsfan87 Aug 25, 2023 5:44 AM

One Camelback Defaulting
 
It looks like One Camelback defaulted on their loan: https://x.com/kempton_timothy/status...lesp1MazjI4aSQ

Obadno Aug 25, 2023 3:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Sunsfan87 (Post 10022882)
It looks like One Camelback defaulted on their loan: https://x.com/kempton_timothy/status...lesp1MazjI4aSQ

This project has been so long in the making. Reminds me of West 6th in Tempe. Back in 2008-2011 it was just a concrete skeleton looming over mill ave.

TJPHXskyscraperfan Aug 25, 2023 3:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Sunsfan87 (Post 10022882)
It looks like One Camelback defaulted on their loan: https://x.com/kempton_timothy/status...lesp1MazjI4aSQ

Yeah, I new this conversion had to have tons of issues. It’s literally been under construction since 2018. Paying construction workers for that long can’t be good. Hope we don’t have an unfished building sitting there for years to come.

TJPHXskyscraperfan Aug 25, 2023 3:38 PM

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Originally Posted by ASU Diablo (Post 10022611)
Didn't even know Aspire was delayed and hadn't finished construction. Hope Empire Group goes with Clayco when it's time to break ground on Astra

https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/...x-project.html

Yeah, this thing should of be finish a long time ago. The website says opening in December now. But this thing was topped out before Moon Tower even started and people are moving into Moon Tower in September!

Obadno Aug 25, 2023 3:49 PM

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Originally Posted by MMDelon (Post 10021428)
Is Norterra/Desert Ridge the last parts of Phoenix that can support new homes and major development?

We could add massive numbers of homes just in empty lots and fields.

Tons of room in south Phoenix and massive space north of the 101. Not even including things like allowing for EDU's which I think will happen soon.

exit2lef Aug 25, 2023 3:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Obadno (Post 10023213)
We could add massive numbers of homes just in empty lots and fields.

Tons of room in south Phoenix and massive space north of the 101. Not even including things like allowing for EDU's which I think will happen soon.

Do you mean accessory dwelling units (ADUs)? It looks like Phoenix will legalize those citywide pretty soon.

PHX31 Aug 25, 2023 5:49 PM

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Originally Posted by exit2lef (Post 10023221)
Do you mean accessory dwelling units (ADUs)? It looks like Phoenix will legalize those citywide pretty soon.

What do you know about this? For example... for someone that might have a studio or finished garage already on the property, will those automatically be considered an ADU? Or will you have to apply for it?

In previous experience with the City, people were building casitas or guest houses, but they couldn't make them actual guest houses and couldn't have enclosed bedrooms or even ovens (I might be misremembering these details), nor could they be rented out. So people would call them accessory structures like game rooms or exercise rooms, and the City's CofO (I think they were actual CofOs, or maybe it was just inspection approvals) would specifically state they could not be rented out. If the City legalizes ADUs, will these previous structures automatically become true guest houses you can rent out and people can live in? Or will they need to be re-applied for somehow with the City?

exit2lef Aug 25, 2023 6:17 PM

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Originally Posted by PHX31 (Post 10023395)
What do you know about this? For example... for someone that might have a studio or finished garage already on the property, will those automatically be considered an ADU? Or will you have to apply for it?

In previous experience with the City, people were building casitas or guest houses, but they couldn't make them actual guest houses and couldn't have enclosed bedrooms or even ovens (I might be misremembering these details), nor could they be rented out. So people would call them accessory structures like game rooms or exercise rooms, and the City's CofO (I think they were actual CofOs, or maybe it was just inspection approvals) would specifically state they could not be rented out. If the City legalizes ADUs, will these previous structures automatically become true guest houses you can rent out and people can live in? Or will they need to be re-applied for somehow with the City?

Good questions. Unfortunately, I don't know the answers, but here's the full proposal that city staff developed. It may have been modified based on input from village planning committees, but I think something much like this will go before the city council in September:

https://www.phoenix.gov/pddsite/Docu...ng%20Units.pdf

pbenjamin Aug 25, 2023 6:37 PM

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Originally Posted by PHX31 (Post 10023395)
What do you know about this?

Details

It was approved by the Planning Commission on August 3rd and goes to City Council on September 6th.

pbenjamin Aug 25, 2023 6:43 PM

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Originally Posted by exit2lef (Post 10023443)
Good questions. Unfortunately, I don't know the answers, but here's the full proposal that city staff developed. It may have been modified based on input from village planning committees, but I think something much like this will go before the city council in September:

https://www.phoenix.gov/pddsite/Docu...ng%20Units.pdf

Planning Commission approved the staff recommendations. I can't speak of the other villages but Encanto approved 13-0

PHX31 Aug 25, 2023 8:28 PM

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Originally Posted by pbenjamin (Post 10023493)
Details

It was approved by the Planning Commission on August 3rd and goes to City Council on September 6th.

Thanks for providing the document.

locolife Aug 27, 2023 7:09 PM

This view is changing fast, will get a better one but only had limited time this weekend.

https://i.imgur.com/stLXH8Q.jpeg

PHX31 Aug 28, 2023 5:24 PM

Looking good, thanks for the pic. Keep them coming.

Bump up the Central Station thread with any pics.

CrestedSaguaro Aug 29, 2023 8:29 PM

FAA height eval submitted yesterday for Edith and tower crane. Height for Edith is entered as 206'. Looks like they may be shooting for Q1/2024 construction start.

https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external...97741428&row=2

https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external...97741576&row=1

ASU Diablo Aug 29, 2023 9:28 PM

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Originally Posted by CrestedSaguaro (Post 10026447)
FAA height eval submitted yesterday for Edith and tower crane. Height for Edith is entered as 206'. Looks like they may be shooting for Q1/2024 construction start.

https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external...97741428&row=2

https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external...97741576&row=1

In true form by the COP in regards to their RFP process, looks like this one is finally getting off the ground and it only took close to 6 years (if it does break ground in Q1 '24) and nowhere near proposed height/design.

Article from 2018.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news...ams/715854002/

ChaseM Aug 30, 2023 12:29 AM

So is the 3rd Link tower still a thing?

locolife Aug 30, 2023 1:42 PM

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Originally Posted by ASU Diablo (Post 10026514)
In true form by the COP in regards to their RFP process, looks like this one is finally getting off the ground and it only took close to 6 years (if it does break ground in Q1 '24) and nowhere near proposed height/design.

Article from 2018.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news...ams/715854002/

What’s the final design?

Obadno Aug 30, 2023 4:17 PM

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Originally Posted by locolife (Post 10027038)
What’s the final design?

It was posted some time ago. Unfortunately, its something generic.

CrestedSaguaro Aug 30, 2023 5:53 PM

Received some new information on the proposed 509 W. Monroe Tower that was to be somewhere around 250'. It has now morphed into a 7-floor 153-unit project. What a bummer. Was really hoping to see some towers sprout up on the Western edges of downtown :(


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