Campaign for Vermont issues its economic growth plan

first_imgA recent survey showed that “economic issues” are the top priority for House Democrats, ahead of education finance, and healthcare reform. In that light, Campaign for Vermont (CFV) today released a plan for economic prosperity. CFV urges the private sector to lead a broad-based coalition in support of economic growth.“We believe that economic growth and shared prosperity is the best way forward for Vermont and its citizens. A vibrant economy is a prerequisite to addressing the issues of poverty, hunger, and upward mobility,” said Bruce Lisman, co-founder of CFV. “We believe that Vermont can be an economic powerhouse of its own definition.” CFV believes that their plan will attract business investment, create value-added jobs, and a bridge out of poverty for those seeking opportunity.CFV’s plan “A Pathway to Economic Renewal and Shared Prosperity(link is external)” combines a long-term commitment to economic growth with a strategic plan and a strategic budget that informs the public about the effectiveness of the resources being spent. They also released a short video clip(link is external) profiling their proposals.“We engaged a diversity of stakeholders in order to develop recommendations that match the unique economic landscape of Vermont,” said CFV Executive Director Cyrus Patten.“The CFV prosperity plan is comprehensive and takes a much broader and longer term view of economic development” said Allan Rodgers, a Professor of Business at VTC. “Vermont must focus on educating and training our workforce to attract new employers and to keep our youth and existing employers from leaving Vermont.”Campaign for Vermont believes Vermont must create conditions – a “platform for growth” – that encourages innovation and economic growth, and sets the stage for Vermont to become an economic powerhouse. Those are:·         A competent, transparent, and accountable government, and one that is in a continuing state of self-improvement.·         A Strategic Plan that highlights goals and steps to reach those goals with an accompanying Strategic Budget that would define the cost of achieving those goals.·         Budget growth that more closely relates to available resources, making policy decisions more predictable.·         Reform of our Education System—of quality, governance, and funding.·         The inclusion of Affordability as an essential theme in State governance.With a ‘platform for growth’ in place, CFV believes there is significantly greater leverage from economic renewal strategies. They are:·         Build a broad-based and lasting coalition in support of a more dynamic economy and shared prosperity.·         Bring coherence, efficiency, simplicity, and funding for economic development agencies.·         Build a calling effort on our largest employers that will illuminate their needs and wants while building strong relationships.·         Reimagine the importance of our considerable number of small businesses, and create a better understanding of who they are and how we can truly help them.·         Train, improve, and enlarge our workforce. – According to CFV, it’s the true lynchpin of shared prosperity.·         Broaden the definition of manufacturing, provide a broader array of support for those that make things here, and become the state of “efficient manufacturing.”·         Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit and eliminate the benefit cliffs, and thereby provide true economic resources for working class Vermonters. Presidents as different as Obama and Reagan have endorsed this program’s value.·         Re-define the value of our extensive higher education industry and focus on retaining the 43,000 students who annually attend our colleges.·         Better connect the links between ideas to patents and patents to revenue and revenue to jobs.Campaign for Vermont has over 1600 partners that have signed onto their vision. You can find a list of them, as well as CFV’s other policy positions at is external).Source: CFV 12.22.2014last_img read more

Roper: Vermonters deserve a taxpayers’ bill of rights

first_imgby Rob Roper The Vermont House Ways & Means committee just passed out a $48.3 million package of new or increased taxes and fees. The list includes an increase the fuel gross receipts tax that will at two to three cents to every gallon of home heating fuel, a new application of the 9 percent rooms and meals tax to private rentals done through such sharing programs as AirBnB, and a 25 percent hike in the bank franchise tax.On the fee side, the state will rake in an additional $10.5 million from folks renewing their drivers’ licenses and registering their vehicles, etc. at the DMV. The biggest item is a $20.8 million increase in the fee to sell mutual funds in Vermont. This sets a very bad precedent as a fee is supposed to raise only enough money to cover the costs of regulating the entity paying the fee. It is not supposed to generate revenue for the general fund as this “fee” hike does. Keep in mind, this $48 million is on top of last year’s $30 million in general fund tax increases, which included such delights as an $11 million worth of increases to income taxes, adding the six percent sales tax to some, but not all, sweetened beverages, and the truly creative application of the rooms and meals tax to snacks purchased out of vending machines.Montpelier has a serious spending problem, and it has demonstrated that it cannot restrain itself.These large and all too regular tax increases are part of what’s been called a “structural deficit” brought about by the state spending money at a faster pace (roughly 5 percent annual increases) than the economy can generate revenues (roughly 2 percent annual increases).  Given that Vermont has a very low 3.7 percent unemployment rate and still can’t keep up with Montpelier’s appetite for cash, it’s obvious that it’s the spending side that’s got to give.One solution that would be a tremendous help to overburdened Vermont taxpayers would be the passage of a Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights (TABOR). Colorado passed such a law in 1992 that said, in a nutshell, state spending could increase year over year only by the rate of inflation plus population growth. Any revenue generated over and above that amount had to be – by law – returned to the taxpayers in the form of a rebate. Of course the bureaucratic entities of Colorado’s state government howled bloody murder and declared it the end of the world, but…In 2006, Matthew Ladner, then of the Goldwater Institute, did a study on poverty throughout the country which revealed some interesting results of Colorado’s TABOR. First of all, Ladner discovered that, “Colorado’s economy has been exceptionally strong. Between 1995 and 2000, Colorado ranked first among all states in gross state product growth and second in personal income growth.” What’s more, he found that after instituting TABOR, Colorado was able to reduce the number of children living in poverty by a whopping 26.9 percent – the best record in the nation.How can this be? The best policy to unleash economic growth and broad-based prosperity is to restrain government – and vice versa.  Here in Vermont we have the vice versa. The myriad of taxes, large and small, that are continuously raining down from Montpelier onto our citizens and businesses are as demoralizing as they are costly.Consider the decision to add the sales tax to some sweetened drinks. Seems like a small thing, but it is a nightmare for hundreds of small business owners struggling to comply with unclear definitions applied to scores of products, and facing fines if they mess up.Consider the 25% rise in the bank franchise tax. Doesn’t affect me, so who cares. Right? Well, Chris D’Elia, president of the Vermont Bankers Association, predicted the increase would likely lead to “job cuts, less lending and reduced charitable giving by those banks,” according to an interview with Seven Days. Think of that when you can’t get a loan or your favorite local charity loses a sponsor for the big, annual fundraising event.And consider all the taxes that have been discussed and bypassed, but will surely be back on the table when the next hundred million hole appears next year: the bottled water tax, new taxes on satellite television services, expanding the sales tax to services, the two cent per ounce excise tax on sugary beverages, and, of course, the half a billion dollar a year carbon tax. How do you plan for the future when you’re constantly worried about what tax is coming next?This has to stop. And this is why the next governor and the next crop of legislators need to make passing a Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights a top priority for January 2017.Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute. He lives in Stowe.last_img read more

Swanton PD investigates shooting, victim in surgery

first_imgVictim undergoing treatment, suspect in custodyVermont Business Magazine The Swanton Police Department, assisted by the Vermont State Police, is investigating a shooting Friday afternoon.The victim, a 31-year-old man, was taken by ambulance to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, where he is undergoing surgery. The suspect, a 22-year-old man, was quickly apprehended by Swanton police and is in custody.Preliminary information indicates the shooting occurred shortly before 3 p.m. when the two men, who are acquaintances, were walking on 2nd Street near Greenwich Street and began to argue. The argument escalated, and the suspect pulled a handgun from his waistband and fired multiple rounds at close range, striking the victim in the chest and stomach.Swanton police responded immediately to the scene, where the suspect was taken into custody. There is no threat to public safety.The incident was recorded on video by at least one bystander and a nearby surveillance system. Police are reviewing the video evidence, processing the scene and conducting interviews. The investigation is in its early stages.Names of the individuals involved are being withheld at this time pending notification of relatives and further investigation.Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the shooting or the events leading up to it is asked to call the Swanton Police Department at 802-868-4100.Additional details will be released as the investigation proceeds.Source: SWANTON, Vt. (Friday, June 5, 2020) — VSP,Yeslast_img read more

Suicide Six to open five days a week

first_imgSuicide Six Ski Area,Woodstock Inn & Resort,The Woodstock Inn & Resort Announces Modified Operations for 2020-2021 Season at Suicide Six Ski Area and the Nordic CenterVermont Business Magazine For its 85th season, the Woodstock Inn & Resort’s Suicide Six Ski Area(link is external) will modify operations to prioritize the safety of guests and employees while also ensuring a quality snow experience that are hallmarks of the mountain.“The changes for the 2020-2021 ski season are a necessary shift to protect the health and safety of our patrons and employees,” said Tim Reiter, general manager of Suicide Six Ski Area. “We are excited to provide our valued guests a stellar snow experience while also safeguarding their wellbeing. As winter progresses, we will continue to follow the guidance of public health experts and state government officials.”The operating schedule will be modified to five days per week, opening the lodge and lifts from Wednesday through Sunday. Every guest must complete a ski attestation form(link is external) upon arrival to certify compliance with all state guidelines. Face coverings are required for guests and employees at all times in public spaces such as outdoor seating areas, the parking lot, in the lodge, loading and riding the lifts, and during all ski and snowboard lessons. Masks can be taken down while on the trails or eating.The lodge will have usage and interior capacity limits with access only permitted to the ski shop, equipment rentals, and restrooms. Temperature screening will be mandatory prior to entrance into the base lodge. Movement patterns will be employed and clearly defined to promote social distancing. Storage of personal belongings will not be permitted inside the lodge and patrons’ vehicles will become their lockers.This season all food and beverage services will be offered outside. To ensure a safe, distanced après ski experience Perley’s Pourhouse will serve chef-prepared grab-and-go-meals and to-go bar service. The ski area’s expanded outdoor deck features additional seating, fire pits, and wind cover areas for guests to rest and warm up.Pass prices have been kept at last year’s reduced rate. Ski pass buyers are guaranteed that if the season becomes limited to 30 operating days or less, passes can roll forward to 2021-2022. Daily lift tickets may be limited at peak periods and guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance to minimize in-person transactions. The ski area’s new Heroes Pass will honor active-duty military, veterans, and their spouses, as well as all healthcare and healthcare support workers.Vermont’s leading family ski resort is home to 100 acres of skiing and snowboarding on 24 trails suitable for all skill levels. Compared to larger Northeast ski areas, Suicide Six offers shorter than average lift times and less crowds. Full details of the modified operations at Suicide Six Ski area can be found here: is external).The Woodstock Inn & Resort Nordic Center(link is external) provides 45-kilometers of groomed trails surrounding Mt. Peg. Guests can explore the trail network on Nordic skis, fatbikes, or snowshoes. The Nordic Center lodge will have an expanded footprint, allowing for more space in the retail section and additional guest comfort areas. Face coverings will be required for employees and guests in all areas of the Nordic Center, with the exception of while participating in activities on the trails. Trail tickets may be limited at peak periods, and guests are encouraged to purchase online in order to limit in-person transactions.All out-of-state visitors in Vermont must adhere to the latest quarantine requirements(link is external) and are required to are required to fill out a Vermont Certificate of Compliance(link is external).About Suicide Six Ski AreaRecognized as one of the oldest ski areas in the country, Suicide Six has a rich history. America’s first rope tow, introduced on nearby Gilbert’s Farm in 1934, evolved into the opening of Suicide Six in 1936. In 1961 Laurance S. Rockefeller purchased Suicide Six from its founder, Wallace “Bunny” Bertram, as part of his vision for the community of Woodstock. Suicide Six is one of Vermont’s leading family-friendly ski resorts featuring more than 100 acres of skiing on 24 trails with terrain suitable for all abilities.About the Woodstock Inn & ResortLocated in idyllic Woodstock, Vermont, the Woodstock Inn & Resort defines country sophistication in one of New England’s most charming and popular year-round vacation destinations.  The 142-room, AAA Four Diamond Resort and a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts LVX Collection, offers award-winning dining in two restaurants, ranked among the finest in New England.  The Woodstock Inn & Resort is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc.  Proceeds from Resort operations support The Woodstock Foundation and Billings Farm & Museum education and conservation programs. For more information about the resort visit: is external).About Preferred Hotels & ResortsThe Woodstock Inn & Resort is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Lifestyle Collection, which represents premier global properties that offer engaging stays and memorable moments. Authentic, intelligent, and approachable, this diverse collection presents hotels and resorts featuring responsive service and local dining that articulate culture and style. For more information, visit is external).Source: WOODSTOCK, VT (December 10, 2020) Woodstock Inn & Resortlast_img read more

Cybersecurity AWOL in State of the Union

first_imgby. Eric ChabrowPresident Obama, who emphasized cybersecurity in last year’s State of the Union address (see State of the Union: Cybersecurity Word Count), hardly mentioned it in this year’s speech before Congress.But an administration spokeswoman says the passing reference to cybersecurity in the Jan. 28 address doesn’t mean information security isn’t an administration priority.The thrust of the president’s address was the economy – an understandable focus. “The role of cybersecurity in improving the economy is not obvious to the average person, so it is not surprising that he would instead focus on issues that are more accessible, such as small businesses supporting the auto industry,” says Gene Spafford, executive director of Purdue University’s Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security.James Lewis, the cybersecurity expert at the think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies, says the president all but ignored other important matters regarding developments in Africa, Asia and the Middle East as well as nuclear disarmament. “One mention is better than none, which is what most of the world got,” he says.The president’s lone mention of cybersecurity came as an addendum to a section of the speech that dealt with battling terrorists. “Here at home,” the president said, “we’ll keep strengthening our defenses, and combat new threats like cyber-attacks.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

A number of judicial races decided in November

first_imgA number of judicial races decided in November Supreme Court Justice Charles T. Wells easily won merit retention in the November 4 election, which also saw every district court of appeal judge on the ballot retained by voters.The general election also resolved several outstanding circuit and county court runoff elections set up by the August primary balloting.Wells received a 70.1 percent “yes” vote in his merit election, with a total of 4,667,457 votes, according to unofficial results from the Secretary of State’s office. There were 1,915,923 “no” votes.Aside from the presidential election, it was the only statewide election on the ballot and Wells received significantly more votes than either Democrat Barack Obama, who carried the state, or Republican John McCain.“I am, of course, very appreciative of and honored by the affirmative retention votes I received from every area of Florida,” Justice Wells said. “I have been greatly privileged to have served on the Supreme Court since Gov. [Lawton] Chiles appointed me in 1994, and to have had the opportunity to work with judges and court staff at all levels of our court system who are so dedicated to the proper administration of justice.”Here are the results of the DCA merit elections, with the number of “yes” votes and the retention percentage. As has been typical in recent elections, judges in the First DCA got the lowest retention percentage, and judges of Third and Fourth DCAs received the highest percentage, although no judge was retained by less than landslide proportions.• In the First DCA, Judge Robert T. Benton got 773,339 votes, or 65.1 percent; Judge Marguerite H. Davis got 777,458 votes or 65.7 percent; Judge Joseph Lewis, Jr., got 780,000 votes or 66.2 percent; Judge Clay Roberts got 779,042 votes or 66.2 percent; and Judge William A. Van Nortwick, Jr., got 744,844 votes or 63.7 percent.• In the Second DCA, Judge Chris W. Altenbernd got 1,349,659 votes or 71.6 percent; Judge Carolyn K. Fulmer got 1,370,556 votes or 72.8 percent; Judge Morris Silberman got 1,320,975 votes or 70.7 percent; and Judge James W. Whatley got 1,334,325 votes or 71.7 percent.• In the Third DCA, Judge Gerald B. Cope, Jr., got 493,339 votes or 73.9 percent; Judge David M. Gersten got 506,048 votes or 75 percent; Judge Barbara Lagoa got 498,440 votes or 74.8 percent; Judge Juan Ramirez, Jr., got 485,327 votes or 73.1 percent; and Judge Vance E. Salter got 475,904 votes or 73.1 percent.• In the Fourth DCA, Judge Mark E. Polen got 858,893 or 74.9 percent; Judge W. Matthew Stevenson got 848,762 votes or 75.2 percent; and Judge Martha C. Warner got 863,815 or 76.4 percent (the highest retention percentage for any DCA judge).• In the Fifth DCA, Judge Kerry I. Evander got 1,102,840 votes or 70 percent; Judge C. Alan Lawson got 1,093,659 or 70.1 percent; Judge Richard B. Orfinger got 1,057,234 or 68.2 percent; Judge William David Palmer got 1,086,000 or 70.4 percent, and Judge Thomas D. Sawaya got 1,053,343 or 68.4 percent. Trial Court Contests The general election balloting resolved several runoffs in circuit and county court races:• In the Second Circuit Group 2, Frank Sheffield defeated Lisa Raleigh 52.3 to 47.7 percent.• In the Fifth Circuit Group 3, Sandy Hawkins defeated Denise Lyn 49.3 to 40.7 percent.• In the Sixth Circuit Group 8, Susan Gardner bested Robert Angus 64.6 to 35.4 percent.• In the Ninth Circuit Group 22, Jim Turner defeated Fred Schott 54.1 to 45.9 percent.• In the 11th Circuit Group 19, Yvonne Colodny defeated Stephen Millan, 63.2 to 36.8 percent.• In the 16th Circuit Group 4, Tegan Slaton edged Mary Vanden Brook by four votes out of nearly 35,000 cast, with the final margin being certified after three recounts.• In the 17th Circuit Group 3, Bernard Bober defeated Mardi Anne Levey 73.8 to 26.2 percent; in Group 21, Merrilee Ehrlich defeated Paul D. Eichner 56.3 to 43.7 percent; and in Group 27, Steven Feren bested Mark Rickard 58.6 to 41.4 percent.• In the 19th Circuit Group 4, Dwight Geiger defeated Fran O. Ross 53.6 to 46.4 percent.There also were two county court judicial races on the ballot.In Leon County Group 5, Nina Ashenafi Richardson defeated Sean T. Desmond 59.1 to 40.1 percent.In Alachua County, Group 2, Denise Ferrero defeated Lorraine H. Sherman 59.84 to 40.16 percent. December 1, 2008 Regular Newscenter_img A number of judicial races decided in Novemberlast_img read more

Third DCA JNC seeks judicial applicants

first_img Third DCA JNC seeks judicial applicants The Third District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the court created by the retirement of Judge David M. Gersten. < p>Applicants must have been members of the Bar for the preceding 10 years, registered voters, and reside in the territorial jurisdiction of the court at the time they assume office. < p>Applications can be downloaded from The Florida Bar website at < p>An original and 10 copies of the completed application and attachments must be delivered to Jeffrey S. Bass, JNC Chair, c/o Shubin & Bass, P.A., 46 S.W. 1st Street, 3rd Floor, Miami 33130 no later than 5 p.m., June 10. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. The inclusion of a photograph is encouraged. Do not submit three-ring binders. < p>The commission presently intends to hold interviews June 17. Depending on the volume of applications, interviews may continue on June 18. These dates are subject to change. Applicants receiving interviews will be separately notified of the time, date, and location of the interview. May 15, 2011 Regular News Third DCA JNC seeks judicial applicantslast_img read more

Board to receive wide-ranging referral service report in March

first_img February 15, 2016 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Board to receive wide-ranging referral service report in March Senior Editor A wide-ranging report dealing with changes to the Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service, rules that cover lawyers who belong to private, for-profit referral services, and nonlawyer companies that offer “matching services” for lawyers and potential clients is expected to go to the Bar Board of Governors at its March 11 meeting. Board member Carl Schwait, chair of the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics, said his panel has been meeting bi-weekly with the board’s Technology Committee to work on referral rules, and will meet weekly leading up to the March meeting. He also said members of the Program Evaluation Committee, which has been reviewing the Bar’s referral service, have also participated. The Bar had been pondering how to treat nonlawyer legal service providers, such as Avvo and LegalZoom, which offer to match lawyers with people seeking legal advice. As part of that, it was also considering ways to modernize the Bar’s referral service. The Bar had also submitted revisions to its lawyer referral service rules to the Supreme Court to deal with lawyers who belong to referral services that also refer callers for other services stemming from the same incidents, such as accident victims who need both lawyers and medical treatment. The issue got heightened attention last September when the Supreme Court rejected the Bar’s proposed lawyer referral service rule amendments and instead ordered the Bar to submit new rules by May 24. Those rules, the court said, should prohibit lawyers from belonging to private, for-profit services unless those services are owned or operated by Bar members and justices were critical of services that do more than legal referrals Schwait noted in order to meet that deadline, the board must get the recommendations at its March meeting so appropriate notice can be given to Bar members before the changes are filed with the court. He also said the Bar may seek an extension from the court to give more time to get member input. “BRC. . . is ready to give to you the most progressive, the most far-reaching and the most broad changes in the rules for those entities that provide the connection between lawyers and consumers,” Schwait said. “We have made a determination as a group. . . that in fact we must have a level playing field when it comes to a connection between how lawyers get clients but at the same time clients get their lawyers. “And we believe that [with] the current lawyer referral services, they have the right to be on the same level playing field as these online platforms for connection.” Beyond those considerations, there’s also an access to justice component, he said. “It not only means giving the people of Florida the ability to get a good lawyer, but doesn’t it also mean how will the lawyers of Florida get their clients?” Schwait said. “BRC sees it as one big picture.. . . The Florida Bar and the voluntary bar referral services become an important component of that.” Schwait and board member John Stewart, who chairs the Technology Committee, said the two committees are aiming at an expansive rule that will cover market and technology changes. “The rule that we’re crafting right now is intended to be extremely broad,” Stewart said. “We looked at this as a definitional problem. The problem really is not only to provide access but to provide a safe harbor for lawyers so they know what they can and cannot participate in. I think that’s the biggest problem for the lawyers. So rather than fighting with these groups that say, ‘We’re not a lawyer referral service,’ we do something else. We do want requirements, the definition that is so broad that they cannot argue that they do not fall within the. . . rule. In return for that, we really hopefully recognize what are the most important requirements. . . to protecting the foundation of what makes the profession unique.” Schwait said the two committees considered three alternatives to present referral rules, ranging from tweaks to the current regulations to the “most broadly stated definitions and the least restrictive rules in terms of lawyers.” The committees favored the latter, most wide-ranging option, but still wants changes to that, he said. Board member Andy Sasso, a member of the BRC, said the committee is working on two alternatives, one to comply with the court mandate that private referral services be owned or operated by Bar members and one without that requirement. He said some committee members are concerned requiring lawyer ownership or management of referral services may not be practical. Schwait also told the board that the Bar has received an inquiry from a lawyer asking whether Avvo’s service offering to connect callers to lawyers for a 15-minute consultation for $39 – with Avvo keeping $10 – falls under the Bar’s lawyer referral service rules. He said that inquiry has been postponed until the new rules are finished. Avvo has argued it is a “matching service” and not a lawyer referral service. Bar President Ramón Abadin noted he met with Supreme Court justices two days before the board meeting, and the justices want the Bar’s input so it can address a variety of issues. “They clearly want action; they’ve given us a deadline of May. We need to be ready on this to have discussions and go to the membership if we need to in April. If we need more time and they give it to us, good. If not, we’ve got to hustle,” Abadin said. “My request to you all is really pay attention to this and start thinking about this because it’s on deck.” Board to receive wide-ranging referral service report in Marchlast_img read more

Historic Welnick Bros. market slated for infill project

first_imgCBRE has completed the sale of Welnick Bros. Marketplace located at 345 W. Van Buren St. in downtown Phoenix. The property, which has been earmarked for a future, urban-infill retail project, commanded a sale price of $930,000.Christoper Ackel and Pat Horan with CBRE’s Phoenix office negotiated the transaction on behalf of both buyer and seller. The buyer was a joint venture between James Kuykendall, a former Bar-S Foods Co. CFO, and Pat Cantelme, a former CEO of PMT Ambulance. The seller was Joyce Reiff. “The development of downtown continues to be a positive trend for the City of Phoenix,” said CBRE’s Ackel. “A strong downtown core is essential to an economically strong central business district and projects like the one planned at Welnick Marketplace will only enhance what Downtown Phoenix offers those who frequent the area, whether because they live or work downtown or they want to experience one of the many entertainment options in the area.”Welnick Bros. Marketplace is listed on the Arizona State Historic Property Inventory and the City of Phoenix considers the building one of the most distinctive Spanish Colonial buildings in Phoenix. The property was built in 1927 by Leo and Ed Welnick. The brothers came to Arizona in 1912 to build their grocery business. At time of construction, Welnick Bros. Marketplace was one of the best equipped groceries in Phoenix, even including cold storage for fish and poultry. The builder was Wasielewski Contruction Company, whose projects also include Brophy College Prepatory School, The Luhrs Tower and the Hotel St. James. Most recently, the property was home to Dave Reiff Printing Co. Dave and Joyce owned and operated the printing company for nearly 40 years, but the property has been vacant the last ten. Mr. Cantelme and Mr. Kuykendall have plans to restore and redevelop the property for retail use and will retain the Welnick Marketplace moniker, dropping the “Bros.” The purchase and redevelopment of Welnick Marketplace is the first urban infill project for Mr. Kuykendall and Mr. Cantelme, but will likely not be the last. The two say they are exploring other potential acquisition and redevelopment projects that will bring value to the City of Phoenix.last_img read more