Yuma, Ariz., to See New Hilton Garden Inn

$20M hotel project is beginning to move along


Mar. 11--Building permits have been issued for the Hilton Garden Inn, the keystone for the city's Pivot Point riverfront redevelopment effort, said Alan Kircher, city of Yuma assistant building official. Permits have also been issued for the parking garage.

The contractor is mobilizing, and construction activity is expected to start within the next fews days, said Greg Hyland, city spokesman.

The $20 million hotel is being developed by California developer Craig Clark on North Madison Avenue. The 150-room hotel will be adjacent to a conference center for which plans are still under review.

Construction of a downtown hotel has been years in the making, dating back to 1999 when the city started looking for a developer to transform the riverfront.

In other city building activity, Kircher reported:

Plans have been submitted to transform A New Leaf floral shop at 179 E. 1st St. into a bar called The Pub.

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The city is reviewing plans for a 40,000-square-foot cooler addition to Taylor Farms, a produce plant at 10241 S. Avenue 4E.

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Plans have been approved for the Jodeal self-storage business at Arizona Avenue and 34th Street.

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A permit has been issued for workers to install fixtures and shelving in the new Wal-Mart Supercenter at 32nd Street and Avenue 8E.

So far, a Jack in the Box and Wells Fargo bank branch have been announced for five of the separate pads at the location. Kircher said he's unaware of any plans for a fuel station there.

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The Palms RV Resort subdivision is coming to the northwest corner of 36th Street and Avenue 7E. The developer is Palms Yuma Development. The subdivision will have 451 lots of varying sizes on 60 acres and be a gated community. Amenities will include a community center and pool.

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Things are ready to move forward for the Wal-Mart Supercenter in San Luis, Ariz., reported Lee Maness, city administrator. Plans have been approved and the land sale has closed, he said.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held in about three weeks, and construction is expected to start by early April on the 176,000-square-foot building, he said. The site also will have several pads for such uses as restaurants, a bank and other businesses.

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Site work is starting on Plaza del Este, a commercial subdivision being developed by Michael W. Curtis Realty and Development at the northeast corner of 32nd Street and Avenue 7E.

The subdivision will have 25 lots of various sizes on about 25 acres for offices and retail spaces. If interested in purchasing a lot, call 783-2215.

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In another development off 32nd Street, model homes are now open at Sky Vista Estates. The manufactured home subdivision is south of 32nd Street just west of Country Roads at Avenue 5-1/2E.

The subdivision has 74 lots on 10 acres and will be a gated community for residents 55 and older, said Neil Scheuneman, who is developing it with his wife, Linda. Potential residents can pick from eight floor plans. The lots, homes and attached garages are being sold as a unit, with prices varying from $197,200 to $249,000. All homes will be double-wides.

Model homes are open from 1 to 4 p.m. daily. During installation of a traffic signal in the area, the only access to Sky Vista is by taking Avenue 5E south to 34th Street, then turn east. For more information, call 581-5548.

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A total of $1.3 billion in taxable retail sales was reported for Yuma County during 2006, according to the Arizona Department of Revenue Office of Economic Research and Analysis. Four other counties in Arizona had more: Maricopa, Mohave, Pima and Yavapai.

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Jettie Sullivan has moved her sandwich shop, Small Fry's, from Wellton to Yuma, at 2855 S. 4th Ave., where Mi Plata previously was located. Going back further, some may remember the location for yet another restaurant: Hensley's Beef, Beans and Beer.

Small Fry's offers hot and cold deli sandwiches, grilled items, soups and salads, some Mexican food, desserts and espresso coffees.

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