Chandler Approves Entertainment Complex Downtown

The Chandler City Council unanimously approved a development on one of the last vacant city-owned properties last week.  The development, to be completed by LGE Design Build, will be a 37,500-square-foot mixed-use entertainment destination. LGE is also the developer behind Overstreet Chandler across the street, now occupied by Flix Brewhouse.

The lot, known as Site 7, is a two-acre parcel that used to be a gas station and tire shop. More recently, it’s been used for parking. LGE also has the option to negotiate with the owner of the Jack in the Box restaurant to the north, to possibly relocate the restaurant and purchase the land for a larger project.

The project is set to be completed by 2024. LGE must break ground within three years of the development agreement being signed, and complete construction no more than two years after breaking ground. LGE will rent the land from the city for five years (about how long the project will take to be completed) although they also have the option to purchase the land outright during any point of the lease agreement. If they are unable to negotiate terms to relocate the Jack in the Box, the project timeline will be moved up.

This is exciting news for Chandler as downtown continues to expand! The development will be a welcome addition to the vibrant community. If you’re thinking about making Chandler your home, please give The Gina McKinley Group a call at 480-355-8645 or email Info@LocateArizonaHomes.com today! We’d love to share more things about what makes the city we live, work, and play in so great.

6 Things Burglars Don’t Want You to Know

While nobody wants their home broken into, the FBI facts are that a burglary occurs every 20 seconds in the US. Home burglars generally have a pattern, as criminals are looking for an easy target they can rob and get out fast. Here are six tips from career burglars that you can use to protect your home and prevent break ins without installing top-dollar security features.

1. Nighttime Burglaries Aren’t the Most Common

Burglars are looking for the most probably time that there will be no one home, which means the daylight hours.  Weekdays are ideal, since weekend schedules are too unpredictable.  The most popular times that break-ins occur are between 12:30PM and 2:30PM when people are usually away at work or school.

2. They Know When You’re Not Home – Thanks, Social Media!

Most people post in real-time when they’re on vacation or away from home. Unfortunately, tech-savvy criminals take advantage of that and scout social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and FourSquare to find victims. An I-Team survey found that over 10% of burglars used social media to find victims, including one burglar in Orange County who targeted at least 33 women he saw in public and used the GPS data embedded in photos posted to their Facebook & Instagram to break into their homes in 2015. Even for those with private accounts, an old friend from high school or a neighbor down the street could be a potential criminal.  Never post what times you’re not home or how long you’ll be gone and save trip photos to post after you’re back home.

3. They Don’t Like Security

Burglars don’t want anything to do with alarm systems, whether they’re top of the line or not. Homes without an alarm system are almost 300% more likely to be a target. If you have an alarm system, make sure the code isn’t easy to guess like a house number or a birthday, and make sure to keep the keypad clean so a burglar can’t guess based off the numbers you’ve pressed the most. Make sure to use the security features your home already has, like locking your windows, doors, and keeping the exterior of your house well-lit.  Tricks that make it seem like someone is home also work. Motion sensor lights, bright flood lights, timed lights in the house, radio or TV left on, or a car in the driveway are all things that make a burglar nervous that someone is home.

4. Gun Advertisements are Not Security

If you’re a proud gun owner, it entices burglars more than it scares them away.  A gun is stolen roughly every two minutes in the US, so it’s better to keep your guns in a safe.  NRA bumper stickers or Smith & Wesson signs on a house advertises that there’s usually a lot of guns to steal inside.

5. Shrubs & Architecture Make Great Hiding Spots

Tall thick bushes, half walls, big fountains and other overgrown landscaping are great to hide in, not only from you but from the neighbors, too.  Keep your landscaping regularly trimmed and décor elements well-lit. If you do want big plants by your windows, consider something thorny like cacti or roses.

6. Valuables Left in the Open Are an Enticing Target

Expensive things left within clear view of windows are advertising to burglars what kind of items they can steal. Make sure to put tablets, laptops, or anything valuable away from view from first story windows. Key hooks, especially labeled ones, should also be kept out of sight. Mike Fraser, a former professional burglar and host of the BBC show Beat the Burglar, also advised to leave large family calendars out of view since they detail when you’ll be away from home.  Any documents with your personal information should also be kept out of view as they can turn into a gold mine for criminals looking to easily steal your details for identity theft.

Using these tips can help you prevent your home from being broken into.  Be sure to research crime rates and trends in your city and neighborhood, especially when you’re looking to purchase a home in an area you’re not familiar with.  It’s an important step of the home buying process!

If you’re thinking about purchasing a home, please give The Gina McKinley Group a call at 480-355-8645 or email Info@LocateArizonaHomes.com. We’ve love to schedule a free consultation to educate you on the home buying process so you can make the most informed decision for your family.

Chandler’s Summit Point Park Gets A Makeover

Summit Point Park, a quaint .29 acre park in Chandler is getting a makeover starting this month.  For those who aren’t familiar, Summit Point Park is in the heart of the neighborhood in the northeast corner of Elliot & Alma School Roads. The hope is to inspire residents, both young and old, to get outdoors and play.

Though small, the corner park has had a substantially positive impact on the community since its construction more than three decades ago.  In order to make sure the park renovation will be well received, Chandler has developed a conceptual plan for the park that includes additions requested by the community itself.  The most popular request? Outdoor fitness equipment.

In addition to the fitness stations, the park will also expand into a vacant alley behind to add space for cornhole games and a rubber-surfaced space for other sidewalk style games. Other improvements include a new water fountain, additional shade canopy, new lighting fixtures, benches, and picnic tables.

“Parks play an important role in the quality of life in Chandler. Investing in parks such as Summit Point Park ensures that Chandler’s parks are kept up to date and the recreational needs of the community are being met,” the Community Services Planning Manager for Chandler, Mickey Ohland, said in a statement.

For more information on what makes Chandler such a great place to live, give us a call at 480-355-8645 or email us at Info@LocateArizonaHomes.com today! We’d love to share what makes the city we live, work, and play in so great.

Maracay Homes Buys 82 Acres in Chandler

Maracay Homes, a Scottsdale-based new home builder, recently paid $24.6 million for an 82-acre land parcel directly north of Veterans Oasis Park in Chandler.  This most recent purchase added to their 236-acre total holdings, which stretches into Gilbert off Chandler Heights between Val Vista & Lindsay roads.

The new community, named Canopy, calls for 241 new homes ranging from 2,331 to 3,730 square feet with plans to open the first phase in 2020.  A central park and paseo will be designed with raised garden beds, ornamental grasses and pergolas to create a sense of peace and serenity for residents and visitors. The community will also include a trail system that connects to Veterans Oasis Park, which features miles of trails, a fishing lake and nature center.

Canopy will share a corner with Maracay’s other development, Waterston. The land for Waterston was purchased last year and plans for 332 homes ranging between 2,000-5,000 square feet. Both developments will be designed according to the architectural principle of Vatsu Shastra, which integrates nature, functionality, symmetry, and directional elements to create an enhanced living environment. Maracay plans to market the two communities separately, and home prices have yet to be announced.

The new communities plan to be ready for the 7,500 new jobs are being created in the area, including Allstate’s planned expansion in Chandler, has plans for 2,500 jobs, Deloitte moving into The Commons at Rivulon in Gilbert with another 2,500 jobs, and Intel’s new Fab 42 facility in Chandler with a planned 3,000 jobs.

If you’re considering purchasing a new home or would like to know more about resale homes in the area, please contact The Gina McKinley Group at 480-355-8645 or info@LocateArizonaHomes.com today! We’d love to share our knowledge so you can purchase your dream home.