South Chandler Edition | May 2022

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Chandler has seen a decrease in retail vacancy this year, reaching a new low for the city. The last time the city saw retail vacancy this low was in 2007. Retailers return

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Julie Murphree said she spent the rst ve years of her life on a farm in Chandler. She said she remembers living across from the main home on the property in the early 1960s and playing in the nearby water canal with other children when it was empty. Now an adult, Murphree said she cannot pinpoint exactly where the house was—all of the major landmarks that signied its existence are gone. The city of Chandler was once an agricultural hub for several decades in the 1900s, although it may be dicult to tell by looking at it now. Acres of farmland dissolved into business complexes, and the dirt roads CONTINUED ON 14

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city of Chandler. “We are in a very good position. And it’s something we are going to keep focusing on as we are looking to drive new retail construc- tion and repositioning of existing retail space.” As of the latest year-to-date data from the city of Chandler, the citywide retail vacancy was at 5.6%, down from 8.5% in 2020. The highest vacancy in the city was reported in 2010 and 2012, with 11.4% vacancy. CONTINUED ON 12

The coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing fall- out has created all sorts of woes among businesses across Chandler—from supply issues and diculty hiring to restrictions and closures. But despite all of that, the city of Chandler is seeing the lowest retail vacancy across the city since 2007. “Our ve-year average was 7.5% vacancy; now we are at [approximately] 5.5%,” said Micah Miranda, economic development director for the

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the restaurant has another location in Tempe. www.genkoreanbbq.com 9 Mera Chandler , an age 55 and older apartment complex, will open in 2023. According to the website, the complex is “a resort-style, 55+ active adult commu- nity.” Pre-leasing is currently available at 2050 W. Pecos Road, Chandler. 480-900-1723. www.sparrowliving.com/mera/chandler 10 Press Coffee Roasters , formerly located at the space that Bottle & Bean now occupies, is moving to 2985 S. Alma School Road, Chandler. The address was previously a Starbucks. Press Coffee Roasters offers beverages and supplies to roast coffee at home. An opening date was unknown at press time. www.presscoffee.com 11 Smiles of Chandler will open a new location at 5905 W. Chandler Blvd., Ste. 2, Chandler. The building is under construction and will merge the existing Suite 2 and Suite 4 of the shopping center into one working location. The business is expected to open in the summer. 480-899-9484. www.smilesofchandler.com 12 Somisomi Soft Serve & Taiyaki , which serves Korean-inspired soft-serve ice cream in a fish-shaped waffle cone, is set to open a Chandler location. Accord- ing to the website, patrons customize their soft-serve ice cream by choosing a flavor; fillings, such as Nutella and custard; and toppings. The opening date at 1920 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, is unknown. www.somisomi.com 13 Gila River Resorts & Casinos’ Wild Horse Pass location at 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, will soon house a Topgolf Swing Suite where guests can

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NOWOPEN 1 Boba Cutea recently opened at 3400 W. Chandler Blvd., Ste. 3, Chandler. The boba shop offers beverages such as milk tea, fruit tea and “galaxy boba drinks.” The store also offers boba themed mer- chandise. The Chandler location opened in April and, according to the website, is the business’s second location. 480-306- 6847. www.bobacutea.com 2 Fitness chain F45 has opened a new location in Chandler. The grand opening ceremony took place May 7. The training center specializes in 45-minute, high-in- tensity workout intervals at 2040 S. Alma School Road, Ste. 18, Chandler. www.f45training.com 3 iFlex Studios opened a location in Chandler in March. According to the website, iFlex’s “stretch therapists” are trained in assisted stretch techniques in

6 Quick Qlean Car Wash opened in mid- April at 1031 E. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. The car wash service is located next to QuikTrip on the southeast corner of East Chandler Boulevard and North McQueen Road. Contact information was unknown at press time. COMING SOON 7 A new Cold Stone Creamery is under construction in the Boardwalk at Andersen Springs shopping center at the southeast corner of Dobson and Ray Roads. The opening date was unknown as of press time. www.coldstonecreamery.com 8 Gen Korean BBQ House will open a new location in the 99 Ranch shopping center located at the northeast corner of Chandler Boulevard and Dobson Road. An opening date was unknown at press time. According to the website

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4 Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria opened its location in late April at 2815 S. Alma School Road, Ste. 15, Chandler, and is available for delivery and takeout. The restaurant menu includes deep-dish and thin-crust pizza, appetizers, salads and other options. There are seven locations in Arizona, according to the restaurant’s 5 Pickleball enthusiasts have a new place to practice with the addition of Pickleball Kingdom in Chandler. The in- door pickleball facility opened May 2 and offers monthly and annual membership plans at 4950 W. Ray Road, Chandler. 480-818-9980. www.pickleballkingdom.com website. 480-561-5350. www.loumalnatis.com

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ANNIVERSARIES 15 Hotworx , a 24-hour infrared fitness studio, is celebrating its first year of busi- ness in May. Hotworx is located at 2040 S. Alma School Road, Ste. 8, Chandler. 480-207-1187. www.hotworx.net CLOSINGS 16 Central Pop , a popcorn shop spe- cializing in flavored popcorn, has closed. It was open for three years and offered marshmallow treats and flavored nuts in addition to over 40 flavors of popcorn. The owners were inspired to open the shop after they moved from the Midwest, where popcorn stores are more common. The business closed in April. It was located at 1929 E. Ray Road, Ste. 6, Chandler. www.centralpopalicious.com

practice their golf skills. The grand open- ing is scheduled for May 27, according to a news release. The space will overlook the casino floor and include a bar with table- top games, televisions and virtual sport options. Once open, it will be available to rent for parties and corporate events. 800-946-4452. www.playatgila.com EXPANSIONS 14 The Wild Vine Uncorked completed its expansion and now has a new music space, seating and an updated outdoor lounge. The expansion was complete this spring. The business remained open during renovations. The business held a music event in early May to showcase the newly completed renovations. The tapas lounge and wine bar is located at 4920 S. Gilbert Road, Chandler. 480-883-3492. www.thewildvineuncorked.com

The motel opened in May following renovations to rejuvenate the historic building.

FEATURED IMPACT NOWOPEN Originally constructed in 1950, The Aloha motel had a grand opening ceremony May 7 following renovations. The 26-room motel now highlights vintage Hawaii photos from local collector Douglas Abrahamson and photography from local artist Randy Slack. To honor the Hawaiian theme, the building also features a mural on the outside. “This is a great example of thoughtful redevelopment ...” Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke said in a news release. He

said the redevelopment gives the motel “new life” while respecting its history. The hotel is located at 445 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. www.alohaarizona.com

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FEATURED EVENT Go to a farmersmarket Greenhouse Gardens is an urban market garden specializing in seasonal vegetables, fruit and herbs in Chandler. The Greenhouse Gardens farmers market is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon until July 16. Owned and operated by Jeannine and Cameron McChesney, Greenhouse Gardens is an urban garden, market and event venue. 9 a.m.-noon. Free (admission). 13103 E. Chandler Heights Road, Chandler

MAY 20 ATTENDAMOVIE IN THE PARK Enjoy a movie night under the stars at Tumbleweed Park and watch “Sing 2.” This evening of outdoor movie entertainment on a giant screen is suitable for the whole family. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit and enjoy this cinematic experience. Crafts and activities begin at 6:30 p.m., and the movie begins promptly at 8 p.m. 6:30-10 p.m. Free. Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler. 480-782-2735. www.chandleraz.gov 21 SEE A BALLET PERFORMANCE Watch as the Yen-Li Chen Ballet School puts on a performance of “Sleeping Beauty.” In the performance, the evil Carabosse curses Princess Aurora. Upon Aurora’s 18th birthday, she will prick her nger and die, and 100 years later, a prince comes into the picture to save the day. 6:30 p.m. $10-$40. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2680. www.chandlercenter.org 21 THROUGH JULY 30 VISIT ANEWEXHIBIT “Out of the Blue” is a new exhibition set to hit Chandler just as the Valley heats up. The art pieces will feature work from artists across Arizona and their cool-tone artwork. The exhibit features

artwork of all kinds, from photography to installations that spotlight the color blue. See the website for hours. Free. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2695. www.chandlercenter.org JUNE 04 SEE A PHOENIX RISING SOCCER GAME Support Phoenix’s hometown soccer team at a home game this summer. The team plays Birmingham Legion at its new facility near Wild Horse Pass Resort & Casino in Chandler. 7:30 p.m. $22-$40. Phoenix Rising Stadium, 19593 S. 48th St., Chandler. 623-594-9606. www.phxrisingfc.com 19 WATCH BEN FOLDS PERFORM Ben Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music inuencers of this generation, according to the Chandler Center for the Arts. He has created a body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums with “Ben Folds Five,” multiple solo albums and numerous collaborative records. Folds will perform at the Chandler Center for the Arts in a show that was rescheduled from 2020. 7 p.m. $46-$76. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. 480-782-2695. www.chandlercenter.org

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ONGOING PROJECTS 1 Cooper Road improvements

3 Val Vista Drive intersection improvements The town is modifying intersections to improve safety on left-turn lanes and traffic congestion. The next three intersections scheduled for the improvements are on Val Vista Drive at A Guadalupe Road, B Elliot Road and C Ray Road. Status: Design on those intersections is complete. Con- struction at Val Vista and Ray started March 15 and is an- ticipated for completion in May. Construction at Val Vista and Guadalupe was anticipated to start the first week of May as of press time. Traffic is reduced to one lane each way near the intersection. Timeline: January-May Cost: $8.23 million Funding sources: town of Gilbert, state grant

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An effort is underway to expand Cooper Road to four lanes—two lanes in each direction. The project begins about 3,500 feet north of Chandler Heights Road and extends to Riggs Road. Status: Grading crews are working to prepare the subsur- face of the east side of Cooper for paving. Following the paving, grading will begin in the middle of Cooper from Victoria Street to Chandler Heights to prepare the sub- surface of the roadway for paving, tentatively scheduled for early May. Timeline: February 2021-September 2022 Cost: $17.17 million Funding source: city of Chandler 2 Lindsay Road/Loop 202-Santan Freeway interchange construction An interchange at Lindsay Road and Loop 202-Santan Freeway will be built to provide access to Loop 202. A frontage road system on the north side of Loop 202-San- tan Freeway is also being constructed between Lindsay and Gilbert roads. Status: Construction is complete except for installation of concrete form liners for walls, which were delayed by a Texas storm. Form liners are slowly being received, and the contractor is installing them as they come. Timeline: October 2020-August 2022 Cost: $18.15 million Funding sources: town of Gilbert, Maricopa Association of Governments, developer contributions

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News from Chandler USD, Chandler & Maricopa County

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NUMBERTOKNOW $466,840.89 was donated to Chandler USD schools by nonprot Donors Choose. The money will contribute to new books, lab equipment and musical instruments in various schools across the district. Shumway Leadership Academy will receive the largest portion of the funding, amounting to $30,296.37. $466K

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Serious crimes in Chandler have declined by roughly 2,000 incidents during the past decade to 5,333 incidents in 2021. The rate of serious crimes in Chandler has decreased to its lowest in 35 years. Response times to high- priority calls have been reduced to nearly four minutes. The Chandler Police Department has capacity for 360 ocer positions.

CHANDLER USD The governing board approved about $8.2 million on eight improvement items at various schools April 27. All of the approved projects will be funded by the district’s $290.25 million bond approved by voters in 2019 and were unanimously supported by the CUSD board members. Hamilton High School, which was built in 1998, will receive an upgrade to the audio system at the school’s performing arts center. The upgrade will cost $198,987.44. Frye Elementary School’s sewer lines have shown signs of cracking, and Concord General Contracting will rehabilitate the sewer system for $962,402. Frye will also undergo classroom casework due to the nature of the sewage rehabilitation. The price of this project was approved for $808,907. San Marcos Elementary

School will replace its current re alarm system for a total of $189,724. $795,517 will go toward “build- ing and grounds improvement projects” at multiple schools. Casteel High School will house eight new tennis courts and a concessions and restroom building. The project will cost $4,396,202. The four tennis courts will be converted to outdoor basketball courts. Chandler Traditional Academy’s Liberty campus requires relocation of two modular buildings from Haley Elementary School due to increased enrollment. The cost of this project is $570,485. Basha, Chandler and Hamilton high schools will have Emergency Responder Radio Communication Systems installed for $276,534, according to the district agenda.

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CHANDLER Chandler City Council approved on April 28 funding for study room enhancements at Chandler Public Library branches. The approved funding, which amounts to $71,509.73, will fund new shelving, storage and computer tables at Hamilton Library. Sunset Library will receive new seating. The furniture will come from Educational Furnishings of Arizona LLC. CHANDLER Hazelwood by Keystone Homes was given nal clearance by Chandler City Council on April 28 for rezoning from an agricultural district to planned area development. The development, which is a 22-lot single-family development, will be located at the southeast corner of Chandler Heights Road and 124th Street. CHANDLER Chandler City Council approved the purchase of summer campaign services for the tourism program for a total that is not to exceed $50,000 from Travelscape LLC, doing business as Expedia Group Media Solutions. Chandler City Council May 26, 6 p.m. 88 E. Chicago St., Chandler 480-782-2181 • www.chandleraz.gov Chandler USD governing board June 8, 7 p.m. 1525 W. Frye Road, Chandler 480-812-7000 • www.cusd80.com MEETINGSWE COVER

SOURCE: CITY OF CHANDLERCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER Chandler PD seeking lateral transfers CHANDLER In an eort to drive more candidates to Chandler’s police force, the city of Chandler is oering a $10,000 hiring package. According to a news release, candidates eligible for this bonus are ocers currently operating outside of the Greater Phoenix area who are seeking a lateral transfer. Sgt. Jason McClimans, spokesper- son for the Chandler Police Depart- ment, said he hopes this package will attract candidates to apply. “We’re looking for qualied lateral police ocers here and around the country who want to work with us.” McClimans said. The signing package, which is an increase from the previous package, went into eect May 1. McClimans said the department is a close-knit group of individuals, and many nd long-term employment there. “Our morale here is high,” he said.

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REAL ESTATE Local experts discuss home appraisal process Maricopa County assessor and team explain role in property taxes It has been just more than two years since Eddie Cook resigned as a Gilbert Town Council member to become Maricopa County assessor. He was elected to a full term in 2020. As valuations have recently been mailed to county property owners, Community Impact Newspaper sat down March 22 to chat with Cook and two of his top executives, Chief Deputy Assessor Dawn Marie Buckland and Alejandra Larios, Cook’s chief of sta, about how the oce works. The conversation has been edited for brevity and clarity. A more complete transcript is online at communityimpact.com.

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WHAT DOES THE ASSESSOR’S OFFICE DO? Cook: Well, it’s a constitutional position. So in the Arizona Consti- tution, it describes exactly what the assessor does: to fairly and equita- bly and impartially value all taxable property. That’s it; it’s very simple. HOWDO YOU DO THAT? Cook: We have a team of about 300 full-time employees that basically manage 1.8 million [real and personal] parcels of property [and accounts]. ... We look at the fair market value in that area, the type of property it is, and we’ll go through our analysis using our tools to come up with that fair, equitable, impartial calculation. WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE LOOK AT ON THEIR VALUATION CARD FROMTHEMAIL? Buckland: That card is going have a couple of dierent numbers on there. One is going to be your full value. One is going be your limited property value. It actually shows last year’s valuations compared to this year’s valuations. So the full cash value is an approximation of market value. And we have certain standards to make sure that we stay lower than the market value.

Buckland: If we had an error, right? So if there was a square footage or something along those lines. … Another example of appeal would be you’re looking at this value and you’re like, ‘This doesn’t make sense to me.’ And you pull up some some comparable properties. And you’re like, ‘Look at these comparable properties.’ ... You can provide us with those comps, and we can look at that and we can say, ‘That’s a good business case, and we can support that.’ Larios: Other options that could be your square footage actually decreased. Let’s say you decided to shrink your property. ... If you decided to knock down that extra room that wasn’t used and make that into a patio instead. Cook: For me, an important aspect of our business is to be extremely transparent, to provide full dis- closure of all of our activities here and be able to create a wonderful customer experience, even during the process of appeals, when a prop- erty owner comes to us and says, ‘Eddie, you made an error with your calculation of my property.’ And the way we like to approach it is, ‘Please bring us a reasonable explanation of why you feel we’re wrong, because we’re not always perfect.’

... So full cash value on average for residential property is about 82% of market value. But the key here is your limited property value because that’s what the tax basis is. So your full cash value is great information. Your limited property value is going back [to 2012’s Proposition 117] … where your limited property value is only getting to increase by 5% each year … unless something major occurs [like] a vacant parcel of land that you now develop. HOWDOES THIS AFFECTMY PROPERTY TAXES? Buckland: Your property taxes are going to be aected by that limited property value, and the really, really important thing, if we take nothing else away from this, is that you have 60 days to appeal that value. And there may be something that you know of that you could correct with our oce. If for whatever reason we have a value that’s too high, we want you to notify our oce. … After that 60 days by statute, we can’t accept that anymore. ... Your taxes are going be calculated based on that limited property value. WHAT KINDOF CIRCUMSTANCESWOULD BRING ABOUT THAT APPEAL?

Eddie Cook, county assessor

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Alejandra Larios, chief of sta

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Norman McFarling opened Arizona Soap Supply in 2013.

Classes are oered monthly at the store.

MCFARLING’S TIPS: Norman McFarling said he has learned a lot about soap in his time as the owner of Arizona Soap Supply. Here are some of his advice to beginners:

For those with sensitive skin, fragrances may not be the best addition to lotions, soaps or other hygiene products. Try a fragrance- free version instead. When coloring soap, a little goes a long way. Use less than you may think to get your desired color. When making soap, know a typical bar of soap takes 24 hours to process but can take longer depending on ingredients used. Essential oils can be used for certain purposes, such as eucalyptus for waking up and lavender to calm down. Use fragrances to get your desired eect.

Customers can buy fragrances and essential oils to add to their soap or lotion creations in addition to packaging. (Photos by Katelyn Reinhart/Community Impact Newspaper)

The shop also sells premade soaps and other products.

Arizona Soap Supply Owner makes community that fosters education, creativity at shop N orman McFarling said he utilized by advanced and beginner soap-makers alike. Shelves are regu- larly stocked with supplies to make a practice that is not tolerated at Arizona Soap Supply.

once found success in the biodiesel industry. Once he moved to Arizona, he used the clean slate to begin his new business venture: soap. McFarling, owner of Arizona Soap Supply, said he used the knowledge he gained from working with bio- diesel to launch his soap manufac- turing business. He discovered the same catalyst to make biodiesel was also used to make soap. “When we moved to Arizona, there weren’t many people in the soap-making industry, and I learned that I really liked it,” McFarling said. Arizona Soap Supply, which has been open since 2013, oers soap-making supplies that can be

“You can go into a lot of stores and get things like essential oils,” McFarling said. “But you’re not getting the same quality as you would if you got it from here.” McFarling said Arizona Soap Supply has been the facilitator in developing relationships with the Chandler community. Many who buy supplies from Arizona Soap Supply are hobbyists or sell their creations at markets, and McFarling said he does his best to make sure they always have what they need. “We try hard to source what people want,” he said. “People are nding us all the time, and once they come once, they’re hooked.”

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lotions, soaps and other hygiene products in addition to multiple rows of packaging materials, scents and colors to customize creations. Customers can also nd an edu- cational resource in classes, oered at $70 for the soap-making class and $135 for a class that focuses on the basics of skin care. “You only get one skin, so you have to take care of it, especially out here in the desert,” McFarling said. One thing that sets his products apart from others, he said, is quality. McFarling said it is not uncommon to see essential oils sold in stores past their ideal dates,

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DINING FEATURE Can’t Stop Smokin’ BBQ Friends celebrate 10 years of serving smoked meats, homemade sides to Chandler community E ach morning, Peter Lehmann and Carsten Heyer, the owners of Can’t Stop Smokin’ BBQ, “Honestly, to be a restaurant owner right now, it’s a nightmare,” Heyer said. The loyalty of their customers has BY BECCA SMOUSE

arrive at the restaurant by 8 a.m. to load up their smokers for the day. This May marks the 10-year anniversary for the barbecue spot, located near Chandler Boulevard and 56th Street. The pair met in their home country Germany over 30 years ago and have been friends since. Upon moving to the United States, the two started

kept them aoat. The restaurant has a core group of locals who take advantage of their daily specials. They also welcome a wide range of customers from across the Valley. “If it weren’t for our customers, we wouldn’t be here,” Heyer said. Their menu includes smoked pork, brisket,

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running the joint as a franchise of a larger chain but decided to take the plunge into running and oper- ating the business on their own.

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cheese to baked beans, mustard greens and freshly made jalapeno cornbread. “We smoke everything in-house,” General Manager Tobias Coates said. “Everything is made here every day.” Popular items include the family meal combos and the Pete’s Pick, a combo plate that includes a variety of meats and sides. A newer addition to the menu is the Smoketato, a smoked baked potato with cheese, sour cream and the choice of smoked barbecue meat. The Can’t Stop Smokin’ original creation has quickly become a cus- tomer favorite. “[This is] some of the best barbecue you’re going to nd,” Coates said. The store supports delivery orders, parties, and catering and also operates a food truck.

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With their new business ownership, the two took the basic menu from the franchise and tweaked the recipes to their liking. “We changed the recipes to be our way,” said Lehmann, who started his culinary career working in hotels in Germany 35 years ago. “People always ask us what kind of barbecue we’re serving, and we say Arizona-style.” The two co-owners also custom designed the interior of the restaurant. Heyer, who has a background in build- ing log homes, brought this inspiration into the design of the restaurant. Recovering from COVID-19 restric- tions has not been easy, Heyer said. The business is battling an increase in product costs due to ination as well as struggling to nd adequate stang.

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Looking at the city’s retail The city of Chandler is seeing its lowest retail vacancy since before the Great Recession, according to data from the city.

said his properties across neighboring cities Tempe and Mesa are doing well, but that there has been a lot of coop- eration among businesses, landlords and the city to ensure the success of retailers. “The city is helping [get] permits quicker [and get] answers quicker,” Pollack said. “Mayor and City Council, they are both attuned to small busi- nesses and how important they are to our community. Without taking that into consideration, we could have a lot of problems with occupancy. We were able to guide people through [the pandemic] and get answers when we needed them.” “THE FACT THATWE ARE SEEINGOCCUPANCIES QUITE THIS HIGH IS A DIRECT RESULT OF A LOT OF HARDWORK FROM A LOT OF PEOPLE, AND A LOT OF COOPERATION INMAKING SURE THAT Retail construction boomed around the turn of the century, and over the past several years only a fewnew retail projects have been added in Chandler. 2021 brought two new projects. One thing Pollack noted that helped the retailers in his Chandler centers was the addition of lighting in the parking lots during the pandemic. “A lot of the time after the sun went down, the centers and businesses would look dark, and it wouldn’t look like they are very alive,” Pollack said. “The city added bright lighting and were great at encouraging us to use THE BUSINESSES GET WHATWE CANGIVE THEMTO SUCCEED." MICHAEL POLLACK, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER OF POLLACK INVESTMENTS

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Miranda saidmany factors have con- tributed to the decrease in vacancy, including making sure the city has worked with landlords and tenants over the diculties of the last few years and using space from old big-box stores that have closed in new ways. The city is also examining its over-saturation of retail space, Miranda said. When the population in Chandler boomed in the late 90s and early 2000s, the city took a “four corners” approach to retail—placing retail anchored by grocery stores and other big-box entities on all four cor- ners of intersections. “We’ve been looking to reduce the amount of overall retail product and have understood we are over-retailed on a per capita basis,” Miranda said. “We are being diligent in the limited amount of retail needed. Developers understand that and we are working with property owners to reposition some of these empty big-box spaces for residential or medical oces, where we are undersupplied.” Helping retailers through pandemic Michael Pollack, president and founder of Pollack Investments, said he has been working with tenants in his shopping centers to ensure their needs were being met throughout the pandemic. “It was very dicult throughout the pandemic,” Pollack said. “The fact that we are seeing occupancies quite this high is a direct result of a lot of hard work from a lot of people, and a lot of cooperation in making sure that the businesses get what we can give them to succeed.” Pollack owns about a million square feet of retail in what he describes as “neighborhood centers” in Chandler alone. His name can be seen on retail centers along Alma School Road. He

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