Hello Friends and Neighbors,
I held a meeting last night with all of the HOA Presidents and some of the business owners of the Shaw Butte Center. Amy Mais, who is the HOA representative for Coral Gables Estates took notes while I spoke. She did such an amazing job that I am passing on her recap. Don’t lose hope, keep the faith and KEEP THE EMAIL CAMPAIGN GOING!
All my best,
P.S. Please keep supporting all of the businesses in the Shaw Butte Center, they are all supporting us.
Good Morning HOA Presidents and Representatives and Shaw Butte Tenants,
As promised, here is a recap of yesterday’s events regarding the planned Goodwill Thrift Store at the Shaw Butte Center located on the SW corner of 7th Street and Thunderbird.
Jolene Capparelle has been spear heading this effort. Yesterday morning, she and I traveled to the Goodwill store at the Pavilions located just off of the 101 East and Indian Bend Road. We had been told at a meeting with Goodwill and Vice Mayor Bill Gates on Monday that this was their new “premiere” store and what we could expect for Moon Valley. Basically, it was a clean and well maintained giant big box secondhand store in a giant Power Center. We saw no value that this could add to Moon Valley. Additionally, we were troubled by the fact that this store was in a Power Center, with lots of very desirable large scale retail, and not a Shopping Center like Shaw Butte. Goodwill would be the only anchor store for Shaw Butte and not one of many large scale tenants that would attract high end retail customers.
At 3:00 p.m. we met with Donna Kennedy of the City of Phoenix Economic Planning and Development Department. She has been assigned to work on an overall plan for the Shaw Butte Center by Vice Mayor Gates. She said that Shaw Butte was one of two Centers that were her top priorities. She is clearly an ally and sees the beauty and “uniqueness” of Shaw Butte. She is working on several different ideas or concepts for the Center including an outdoor/mountain bike/mountain trail theme, a possible educational satellite, and eateries/dining concepts. Barry Light, the leasing agent for the Center, also attended.
At 6:30 p.m. Jolene hosted the meeting of HOA representatives and tenants of the Shaw Butte Center. Approximately, 15 HOA’s were represented. Several representatives/owners of businesses from the Shaw Butte Center attended. We were informed that Anthem Interiors had a boulder thrown through their display window yesterday. This is one of several troubling events that have occurred in recent months at the Center. Previously AJ’s had their own private security officer patrolling the Shaw Butte Center at night and now that they are gone crime has increased.
Here is a bullet point recap of the meeting:
1. Goodwill filed their plans for Tenant Improvements (TI’s) on May 30th. They said that this was done in compliance with the requirements of their lease.
2. Safeway is looking to stay and upgrade their current location on the NW corner of 7th Street and Thunderbird or move to the AJ’s location. They want to put in a Super Pumper and are working on plans for a larger and improved facility within the next year. Jolene will follow up on this and have more information. Safeway is meeting today regarding this issue.
3. The Shell station on the corner of the Shaw Butte Center is for sale. Salute is also for sale. We have confirmed both of these listings.
4. Leases have been signed for two new stores in the Shaw Butte Center. Gino’s Pizza and a high end custom bike shop are locating next to Starbucks. Barry Light told us he has only one 800 foot space remaining to lease in the Center. It is located next to Moon Valley Postal.
5. There is a Trustee Sale August 31st for the Medical Center and Dollar Store on the south end of the Center, their combined properties occupy about 27,000 square feet.. Asking price is $1,795,000. We need to make sure a quality tenant purchase this space.
6. Goodwill at Cave Creek and Cactus Road is closing in October of this year. Goodwill at 7th Street and Dunlap is closing but moving to another location close to John C. Lincoln Hospital (the former Food City building).
7. Goodwill will NOT consider a “Redesign by Goodwill” store for Moon Valley. This is a new type of Goodwill that sells only furniture, both new and used. Their redesign store at the Loop 101 and Thunderbird is losing money, the one in Scottsdale is doing well.
8. Goodwill is paying a premium lease rate for the Moon Valley location – $12.50 per foot with $500,000 in Tenant Improvements. The TI’s include repaving the parking lot, new AC units, and painting the AJ’s store front.
9. The landlord has agreed to look at an alternate tenant for the AJ’s building. This tenant would sublease from Goodwill. But there are numerous challenges including:
(a) It is a very unique space at 28,000 feet.
(b) Goodwill is paying above market rental.
(c) The lease is 25 years – 15 years plus two 5 year extensions.
(d) We have a very short time frame to find a substitute tenant. We were given 90 days which expires on August 2, 2013.
(e) The shopping center itself has many challenges including difficult access, not a “going home corner,” and no 360 degree retail access because of the Mountain Preserve and the Gold Key Town Homes.
(f) Desirable retail is locating in Power Centers not Shopping Centers.
10. Vice Mayor Gates has committed to asking the Shaw Butte Center owners if they would let a commercial broker list AJ’s space.
11. When asked why they closed the Goodwill at 19th Avenue and Thunderbird, Goodwill said that they had a 10 year lease that had simply ended. No one at the meeting last night remembered Goodwill being at that location for more than 3 – 4 years.
12. There was discussion of an Assisted Living Center. The attendees were supportive of this idea. Jolene is meeting with a developer on Saturday. It was pointed out that the lease with Goodwill, if played out for 25 years, represented 7.3 million in future income for the landlord.
13. The attendees at the meeting declined Goodwill’s offer to go on a “bus tour” of the Goodwill locations at the Pavilions and a new location in the Gilbert/Chandler area. We agreed to visit them on our own and form our own conclusions.
We agreed to the following;
1. Continue our email campaign to the Mayor, Vice Mayor, and Goodwill Industries of Central Arizona. We need to respectfully let our elected leaders and Goodwill know that our community is united in our opposition to this store. Residents are encouraged to email the following persons:
Mayor Greg Stanton
Vice Mayor Gates (Councilman for District 3)
James C. Teter, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Arizona
Jack Milligan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of Central Arizona
2. Visit the Goodwill store at The Pavilions and email our thoughts to the above referenced parties as well as our HOA members and residents. To get to this store, take the Loop 101 East to Indian Bend Road. Exit and turn right on Indian Bend. Turn left onto Pavilions Blvd. You will see the Goodwill on the right hand side/west side of the Power Center next to the Tony and Guy. Address: 8959 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
I hope that you will find this recap helpful. Have a wonderful day and a glorious weekend. Moon Valley is a unique and wonderful place. Regardless of the outcome, we will always remain that way in large part because of people like you.