Larry shares his insights into the Kierland Sky Project and Lazarus & Silvyn’s involvement.
“We felt that even though Covid is occurring and there are some areas with vacant office space, Kierland doesn’t have much, especially modern office space there is none in that area.“
– Larry Lazarus, Partner
We’re thankful for our new and old friendships, and the individuals, communities and developers that have entrusted us to work with them this year.
With 2020 behind us, we want to wish everyone a VERY healthy and happy new year. We are looking forward to 2021 !
We wish to thank you, our friends and colleagues, for being a part of our story in 2020 and for allowing us to be part of yours. In that spirit, we have made a donation to the Phoenix and Tucson Community Food Banks in your honor.
We sincerely thank you and want to wish you all peace, joy and prosperity in 2021.
Take a look at our Thanksgiving message.
Lazarus & Silvyn, P.C. would like to congratulate John Graham for his commitment and follow through on the condominium project at the Phoenix Country Club.
We are proud to have been involved in the original zoning case that secured the height and density that will allow this project to be built for the benefit of the Club and the community.
By Jamie Donnelly
SPECIAL FOR THE ARIZONA DAILY STAR
Two hotels, two apartment complexes and an entertainment district are slated for the new Oro Valley Village Center in what officials said is an effort to create a mixed-used development on the northwest side with entertainment, dining, hospitality and residential options. The center, which was previously known as the Oro Valley Marketplace, was sold last year to Town West Realty after the retail center faced troubles due to the Amazon effect, or the negative impacts of online shopping on brick-andmortar retail stores, said Mary Jacobs, town manager. Jacobs said the new owners are planning to reimagine the center rather than redevelop it.
‘They’ve developed a plan that they believe will support the retail on the facility and that is by incorporating both residential and hotel on the site to facilitate a continuous customer base for the restaurants and for the retail,’ Jacobs said.
Keri Silvyn, a partner at Lazarus & Silvyn, the firm behind the redevelopment, said they are trying to create a place where people can live, work, play, shop and be entertained in a singular spot.
The most excitement, she said, has been about the entertainment district. The project’s website states the project will include features such as a beer garden, miniature golf course, splash pads, sand beach, playground and bike and pedestrian paths.
‘People can live there and interact and not have to get in their cars to interact with it,’ Silvyn said.
Jacobs said that will help ‘generate the foot traffic that they need to sustain’ the project.
‘They hope that people will say, ‘Oh, while I’m here, I’ll go shop with the kids,’ or mom says, ‘Hey, you watch the kids in the splash pad, I’m going to Ulta,” Jacobs said.
Even though COVID-19 has shut down many projects and businesses in Tucson, Silvyn said they are still able to continue work on the project since they are still in the paperwork stage.
Oro Valley was able to hold a neighborhood meeting before the social distancing requirements that discussed the plans for the center and addressed questions and concerns the community had. Silvyn said for the most part people were supportive.
‘I think the concerns that we heard are concerns we hear with every project, which is always about traffic,’ Silvyn said. ‘There seems to be a concern in Oro Valley from some people now, not everybody, about apartments and being concerned that brings crime into the area. The statistics don’t show that, in fact, a really well-run apartment complex is actually good for the community because it provides diversity of income levels and opportunities.’
Silvyn said it will probably take three to five years to complete the Oro Valley Village Center.
Hotels, apartment complexes and an entertainment district are slated for Oro Valley Village Center. The project’s website say features will include a beer garden and splash pads.
COURTESY KERI SILVYN / LAZARUS & SILVYN
Many of our clients, consultants and friends are asking how the Arizona cities/towns/counties are conducting themselves during this critical time.
While each city/town/county has slightly different protocols in place, the common theme is to continue processing land use and construction permits and approvals while limiting in-person interactions to ensure the health and safety of their employees and the public.
Instead of consolidating the jurisdictional protocols in this alert, we are providing you the links to the key jurisdictions in which Lazarus & Silvyn works on behalf of our clients.
The protocols can change quickly and we want to ensure you have access directly to the jurisdictions for those notices.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to call our offices.
We are available to answer any questions or concerns.
Everyone stay safe and healthy.
- City of Phoenix:
- City of Buckeye:
- City of Chandler:
- Town of Gilbert:
- City of Glendale:
- City of Mesa:
- City of Peoria:
- City of Scottsdale:
- City of Surprise:
- City of Tempe:
- Maricopa County:
- City of Tucson:
- Pima County:
- Town of Marana:
- Town of Oro Valley:
- Town of Sahuarita:
- City of South Tucson:
- Santa Cruz County:
- Cochise County:
To all clients, consultants and friends:
We know this is a difficult time for many businesses and families.
Lazarus & Silvyn is open for business, ready to serve and advise.
Our primary commitment is to safely continue to be available and responsive to our clients.
We are taking this issue seriously and are taking precautions to protect our staff and employees. These precautions include:
- offering conference call options instead of in-person meetings, and
- continuing to have all attorneys and staff available via phone and email.
We will maintain this commitment to serve you as the required containment measures and closures continue throughout the State.
We know these are uncertain times, and we want to offer encouragement and stability as we can. We are also working with other business leaders in the Phoenix and Tucson markets to understand resources that will be available to businesses as this unfolds and as this very critical time resolves.
Lazarus & Silvyn stands ready to assist and advise.
Please feel free to call us with any questions or concerns.