Sunday, November 11, 2012

Comings and Goings: Work Starts on Foothills Solar Plant

Grading work is under way on the 35-megawatt solar plant Arizona Public Service Co. is developing in the Foothills off 40th Street between Foothills Boulevard and Fortuna Road, confirmed Jenna Shaver, APS spokeswoman.

The plant will be located on nearly 400 acres of state land. The 35-year lease will provide $10 million to help fund Arizona public education.

The plant is expected to come online in two phases — the first 17 MW will reach commercial operation by March 2013; the remaining 18 MW will reach commercial operation by December 2013. When fully operational, it will generate enough power for approximately 8,700 homes. The power will serve Yuma-area customers.

APS has hired Atlanta, Ga.-based AMEC to construct the facility. During construction, the project will create more than 100 jobs.

In other Foothills-area building activity, plans are in review for a General Dollar store to be built at 12638 S. Foothills Blvd.

And here's more details about the new Sears Hometown store that opened last week in the Foothills. The address is 11411 S. Fortuna Road and the phone number is 1-602-715-8562. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

While the store sells hard goods such as appliances and lawn equipment, customers are able to order anything that a full-line Sears carries and have it delivered to either their home or the store, reported by franchise owner Cinthia Lopez.

Better Business Bureau, which has been working out of a temporary office in Yuma since January, has moved into its new office at 350 W. 16th St., Suite 205 — that's on the second floor of the multistory office building at 16th Street and 4th Avenue. To introduce the new BBB office to the public, it will have an open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.

Janet Torricellas is the director of the Yuma office and can be reached at 919-7940.

BBB's goal is to assist consumers by providing lists of BBB-accredited businesses in Yuma. The lists and other information can be found on

Avanti Skin Center is now offering nail services with the addition to the staff of Debbie Escamilla, licensed nail technician. The center also welcomes Alyssa Turner, a licensed esthetician, and Alisha Dupee, a laser technician.

Avanti Skin Center is located at 2851 S. Avenue B in Tuscany Plaza and can be reached at 376-7546.

Life Care Center of Yuma, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, welcomes a new executive director, Jeff Pittard.

Before coming to Life Care Center of Yuma, Pittard served as executive director at Life Care Center of Tucson. Previously, he was assistant administrator at Life Care Center of Paradise Valley in Phoenix.

Originally from Caldwell, Idaho, Pittard earned his master's degree in business with an emphasis in health care. His bachelor's degree is also in health care administration. He and his wife, Sarah, have two children.

Life Care Center of Yuma, 2450 S. 19th Ave., is one of 18 facilities in Arizona operated or managed by Life Care Centers of America.

Attorney Alicia Z. Aguirre likes old buildings, so when the opportunity arose to move her law firm into a historical building in the North End, she jumped on it. Aguirre Law Office, PLC, is now located at 106 S. Madison Ave., Suite 2. The office's phone number remains 329-1301.

In other activity, Aguirre, a sole practitioner since 2007, recently was joined by attorney David P. Rivera.

Rick K. Carter, of Wong Fujii, Carter, P.C., continues to serve as “of counsel” for the firm, lending his expertise in litigation to the law firm.

The firm's attorneys practice in the areas of real estate, business planning, contracts, estate planning, commercial transactions, guardianships, conservatorships, contested trusts and estates, general civil litigation, creditors rights, employment law and health care corporate compliance.

Plans are under review for a new medical building for Dr. Sergio Penaherrera, reported Alan Kircher, city of Yuma deputy building official. The 8,400-square-foot building will be located at the Mission Valley Plaza, 24th Street and Avenue C.

Kircher also reported:
  • Building permits have been issued for tenant improvements at 2816 S. 4th Ave. for Yuma Family Dentistry 4 Kids.
  • New plans have been submitted for the 36-bed buildout of the third floor of the Yuma Regional Medical Center patient tower.
  • Plans are under review for alterations to the medical gas delivery system for the Neonatal ICU at Yuma Regional Medical Center.
Academy Mortgage Corporation in Yuma, managed by Derek Egeberg, has been named the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce Member of the Month for August.

The branch opened in 2010 and is located at 3150 S. Catalina Drive (in the Misenhimer Aivazian & Tenant office behind the Big Curve Shopping Center). Egeberg and fellow senior loan officers Ray Ochoa and Tammy Roberts offer in-house processing, underwriting, documents and funding in the residential market.

The Yuma Academy Mortgage team hosts many live educational seminars to teach real estate agents and borrowers about changing lending regulations and qualifying guidelines. In addition, the office supports the national campaign to raise funds for military personnel through the Boot Campaign.

Egeberg was recognized twice as one of the 40 Most Influential Mortgage Professionals Under 40 by the National Mortgage Professional Magazine.


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