Comings and Goings: YMCA plans to relocate
Plans by YMCA to relocate to a new facility are moving forward. Tenant improvement plans for its new home in the former NCO Call Center at 1917 W. 32nd St. have been submitted to the city, reported Alan Kircher, city of Yuma deputy building official.
In addition, a building permit has been issued to Elks Development Corp. for tenant partitioning to the property. Eventually the Elks Lodge will relocate there, while leasing a portion of the building to YMCA.
The organization recently acquired the building through a trade agreement with Yuma Regional Medical Center, which had purchased the former call center to barter with the Elks for their property at 2300 S. Elk Lane where the hospital plans to develop its new cancer center.
In city of Yuma building activity, Kircher reported:
• A certificate of occupancy has been issued to Burger King, 2411 S. 4th Ave., for dining and exterior alterations.
• A certificate of occupancy was issued to the city's new police substation at 6390 E. 26th St. to serve the east side of the city. March 20 is the tentative move-in date for the 4,155-square foot substation.
• Building permits have been issued for Chico's, which plans to open a store at 1305 S. Yuma Palms Parkway, Pad 6, at Yuma Palms Regional Center.
• Permits have been issued for an office addition of 1,699 square feet to Desert Depot, 3050 S. Avenue 7E.
• A permit has been issued for installation of a new 100-foot cell tower at 2006 S. Kennedy Lane for Gila Electronics.
• A permit has been issued to interior alterations to JCPenney, 1375 S. Yuma Palms Parkway, for a Joe Fresh shop inside the store. Joe Fresh is a fashion brand and retail chain created by designer Joe Mimran featuring colorful and stylish fashions at affordable prices as well as shoes, accessories, beauty products and bath lines, according to the line's website.
• New plans have been submitted for tenant improvements to Patina Plaza, 2180 S. 4th Ave., Suites B and C, for a new pharmacy.
• Ron Watson Middle School, 9851 E. 28th St., has submitted plans for solar photovoltaic canopies.
• Plans have been submitted by Sprague's Sports, 345 W. 32nd St. for an addition to the office and shipping/receiving.
Dr. John Kempton, a board-certified pediatric dentist, has just finished his office and is now seeing infants, children and teenagers. He becomes the second pediatric dental professional to provide care for children in Yuma.
His office is located in the National Bank of Arizona building at 538 E. 16th St., Suite 101, on the first floor and can be reached by calling 304-7100. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays.
Services include comprehensive pediatric dental care with an emphasis on prevention and patient eduction, in-office sedations, hospital dentistry at Yuma Regional Medical Center and care for special needs patients.
Dr. Kempton received a bachelor's degree in Spanish in 2002 from Arizona State University, his doctorate in dental surgery in 2007 from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and his pediatric certificate and master's degree in oral biology in 2009 from Baylor College of Dentistry. In 2010, he was board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
The Pint House, 265 S. Main St., Suite A, is expanding and is in the process of sprucing up the vacant space across the breezeway in Suite C to create a room for family dining, special events and overflow crowd. In addition, the establishment now offers a special kids menu.
The new room is expected to open by March 1. The Pint House can be reached at 782-0449.
A.T. Pancrazi-Schofield Family Insurance (soon to be renamed Schofield Family Insurance) has moved from 333 W. 8th St. to 2435 S. 8th Ave. in the blue Victorian-style building next to Circle K, reported agency owner Darla Schofield, who is in the process of buying out partner Andy Pancrazi.
The agency is still offering insurance for homes, mobile homes, automobiles, motorcycles and small businesses as well as life and health insurance and group medical and life policies. The office has the same telephone number of 783-3345.
Production AllStars, owned by Darla and John Schofield, also has moved to 2435 S. 8th Ave. to share space with Schofield Family Insurance. It can be reached at 343-2146.
Production AllStars specializes in advertising, audio and video production, radio and TV commercials, DVD conversions, dance and cheer mixes, and building websites.
Meanwhile, A.T.T. & Associates LLC doing business as A.T. Pancrazi Insurance currently remains in its current office at 333 W. 8th St. However, the business is remodeling space on the ground floor of the PMG Building (formerly Citizens Title) and will be relocating there once the work is completed. It hopes to move by early summer.
A.T. Pancrazi Insurance, owned by Doug and Mark Pancrazi, offers commercial and personal insurance products and can now be reached at the new telephone number of 783-0000.
Papa-San Rice Bowl turns 20 this week. The restaurant, home of the 9-cent salad and the first eatery in Yuma to offer Asian rice bowls and sushi, opened on Feb. 27, 1993, at 2770 S. 4th Ave. It was financed with the first SBA loan that Southern Arizona Bank ever made.
Over the years, the restaurant owned by Bill and Judy Gresser has received a variety of awards, including People's Choice No. 1 Restaurant in Yuma, Yuma's Best: Best Takeout Dinner, Workplace Excellence overall winner as a Great Place to Work, Yuma County Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year and most recently the chamber's 2012 Small Business of the Year Award.
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