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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Scottsdale, AZ

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Scottsdale, AZ offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

Storage Containers Scottsdale, AZ

NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.

CUSTOM STORAGE

Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.

LOCAL MOVE

Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.

MOVING & STORAGE

We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.

OFFICE USE

Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.

BUSINESS USE

If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level

CUSTOM USE

We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
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At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

 Rent Storage Containers Scottsdale, AZ

SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Scottsdale, AZ, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Scottsdale, AZ

When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

 Storage Containers For Rent Scottsdale, AZ

Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
 Mobile Storage Containers Scottsdale, AZ
When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Scottsdale, AZ

Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

 Rent Shipping Containers Scottsdale, AZ

HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Scottsdale, AZ, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Scottsdale, AZ

We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Scottsdale, AZ, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Scottsdale, AZ. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MOBILE CONTAINERS TO Rent, Buy OR Modify IN Scottsdale, AZ?

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Latest News in Scottsdale, AZ

A massive luxury grocery store is coming to Scottsdale. Here's what to know about Gastromé

Corrections & Clarifications: In an earlier version of this article, ​​Formaggio Kitchen was misspelled. Also, the location of Pho Bowl was incorrect. It is located in Phoenix. A massive, 5,000-square-foot gourmet food market and restaurant is opening this summer in north Scottsdale.Gastromé Market — the name is a merging of gastronomy and gourmet — will be “a r...

Corrections & Clarifications: In an earlier version of this article, ​​Formaggio Kitchen was misspelled. Also, the location of Pho Bowl was incorrect. It is located in Phoenix.

A massive, 5,000-square-foot gourmet food market and restaurant is opening this summer in north Scottsdale.

Gastromé Market — the name is a merging of gastronomy and gourmet — will be “a restaurant, a market and a classroom,” according to co-owner Jenny Le, who added that the space will include a boutique wine shop, cheese counter, foraged specialty produce and cooking classes.

You can get cheese and wine anywhere, but Le and co-owner Tiffany Chavez want to bring white glove service and a curated selection to the food shopping experience in the shop, where many of the products will be sourced from small, women-owned companies.

“We will know the cheese makers and share their experience and products,” said Chavez. “It’ll be products that we really believe in.”

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'Arizona is lacking this type of concept'

Co-owners and life partners Le and Chavez moved to Arizona four years ago when Chavez, a physician assistant in pediatric cardiology, was invited to join Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Before moving to Arizona, Le worked at Formaggio Kitchen in Boston as a financial controller for five years and fell in love with the concept of large-scale specialty food markets where customers can purchase produce, cheeses, wine and pastries from around the world.

Chavez developed a love of high-end specialty foods through Le when they first met in Boston. Le would make beautiful cheese and charcuterie boards and send them to Chavez's workplace at Boston Children's Hospital. “People at the hospital just loved the food,” Chavez said.

After moving to the Grand Canyon State, Le opened her first restaurant, Pho Bowl, with her sister in 2019 in Phoenix.

She loved living in Arizona, but missed specialty markets, like Dean and Deluca or Eataly. “Having lived here for four years, I think Arizona is lacking this type of concept,” she said.

In 2021, the couple decided to change that by bringing their own take on the gourmet supermarket to metro Phoenix with Gastromé.

What to expect at Gastromé Market

The new supermarket opening in the Gainey Ranch Shops plaza on the corner of Doubletree Ranch and Scottsdale roads will be home to a 3,500-square-foot market and a 1,500-square-foot restaurant, which will feature a menu of scratch-made hot and cold entrees that will change daily.

The market will house specialty shops, each of which will be run by a specialist who will be on-site to help educate customers and guide them through the offerings, like sommelier Charlie Fina and private foragers Brian Hedger and Michelle Gasparino from Hypha Foods who are responsible for gathering local and specialty imported produce.

The market will stock high-end specialty items such as olive oils, pastas, spices, sauces, caviar, cured meats, nuts, pastries, honey and jams along with two dedicated specialty cheese cases.

A place to explore and learn

The staff will offer an array of hands-on, in-store classes for up to 20 people at a time, covering topics from foraging to how to build a charcuterie board.

“There’s no stuffiness, intimidation or ‘silly questions’ here,” said Le.

Education is at the heart of this specialty market. "You can come in and grab a quick bottle on-the-go," said Chavez. "Or sit down, have a glass of wine or Champagne and chat with us about everything from food pairing suggestions to our favorite wine varieties."

Chavez and Le hope to inspire and help guide other entrepreneurs with their endeavor.

“If there are young individuals who wish to learn about opening a business, we’d love to pay it forward,” said Chavez. “We want to give. We want people to come to Gastromé and make memories.”

Le and Chavez are currently hiring and plan to open Gastromé in July 2022. Follow them on Instagram or Facebook for updates.

Details: 7704 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale. gastromemarket.com.

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Looking for something to do this 4th of July? Here are some fun events happening around the Valley

Celebrate Independence Day at some of the most fun and diverse events happening around the Valley. Enjoy fireworks, food, live music and fun for all of the family.PHOENIX — From spectacular fireworks shows to fun-around-the-sun events, the Valley has you covered for all your Fourth of July festivities.Here's a breakdown of all the events happening in the Phoenix metro area in honor of Independence Day.Tempe's Independence Day Celebration: Red, White and Floom!Head to Tempe Beach Park on July...

Celebrate Independence Day at some of the most fun and diverse events happening around the Valley. Enjoy fireworks, food, live music and fun for all of the family.

PHOENIX — From spectacular fireworks shows to fun-around-the-sun events, the Valley has you covered for all your Fourth of July festivities.

Here's a breakdown of all the events happening in the Phoenix metro area in honor of Independence Day.

Tempe's Independence Day Celebration: Red, White and Floom!

Head to Tempe Beach Park on July 3 for an evening of live music, food, fun and fireworks. Kids activities will be available as well as food for purchase.

Red, White and COOL Scottsdale 4th of July

This annual event is coming back for its ninth year. You can enjoy indoor fun such as bull riding and live music or only attend the fireworks show. There is food to be devoured and family time to be savored. The fireworks show will begin approximately at 9 p.m.

First at the Fountain

This annual event is happening a little bit earlier this year due to a fireworks shortage. Head to Fountain Hills on July 1 to celebrate Independence Day with live music and a fireworks show. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets.

Red, White & Choo & Choo

All aboard for McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park's Independence Day celebration. Head to the park to enjoy a night of fun, food, live music and unlimited train and carousel rides. There is also a pitmaster competition for those interested in cooking some barbecue.

Arizona Celebration of Freedom

Downtown Mesa is gearing up for a night of entertainment and events to help you celebrate Independence Day. This celebration includes everything from live music and a stunt show, to a Naturalization ceremony welcoming 75 new American Citizens.

Royal Palm Neighborhood Annual Fourth of July Celebration

Are you more of a morning person and want to celebrate Independence Day when temperatures are cooler? The Royal Palm Fourth of July Celebration is the perfect way to kick-off your Fourth of July morning with family and friends. You can check out lots of different vendors and stick around for the bike parade.

Fusion Festival

The Fourth of July Fusion Festival will be jam-packed with food and fun for everyone to enjoy.

EVIT at City of Mesa's Freedom Tie Dye

This event is the perfect way to cool off in the pool while having fun with the family. Grab a white shirt and head down to the aquatic center for loads of fun.

Four on the 4th run to the top

Kick off your Independence Day with an early morning run. This inaugural event is both fun and challenging. If you love running and the outdoors, then this event is made for you.

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Father with dementia walks daughter down the aisle

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — For Kay Eskridge, visiting her dad Jim and enjoying the intimate moments inside Amber Creek Inn Memory Care means the world these days.“I live in fear all the time that it’s going to be the last time, or it will be the last hug, or the last I love you, or the last wave goodbye,” said Kay.At 89, Jim lives with dementia. A disease that may be slowly stealing his mind but not his heart.“I don’t want to live with regret, so I tend to go over the top,” said Kay with a...

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — For Kay Eskridge, visiting her dad Jim and enjoying the intimate moments inside Amber Creek Inn Memory Care means the world these days.

“I live in fear all the time that it’s going to be the last time, or it will be the last hug, or the last I love you, or the last wave goodbye,” said Kay.

At 89, Jim lives with dementia. A disease that may be slowly stealing his mind but not his heart.

“I don’t want to live with regret, so I tend to go over the top,” said Kay with a laugh.

In October of last year, she and her longtime boyfriend paid a visit to Jim, where an off the cuff conversation turned into a loving mission.

“Howard said something to my dad about 'hey what would you think if I ask your daughter to marry me' and my dad looks at him and goes 'let's do this' and all of a sudden, we looked at each other and said 'let’s do this,'” said Kay.

Unfortunately, due to his physical limitations and the current COVID-19 pandemic, Kay knew there were few options to have her father at the wedding. That’s when they turned to Amber Creek Inn’s staff for help.

“It’s special, it’s heartwarming, it’s what we do this for,” said Director of Community Relations Ron Waldo. "Our job is to make sure our residents and their families can experience these amazing moments together and we'll do anything we can to make sure it happens."

Waldo quickly went to work to secure a private room at the facility that could accommodate the special request, which included asking him to officiate the wedding.

“When she asked me to do this, I was flattered but there was also a certain responsibility in making sure I nailed it for her,” said Waldo.

“In one week's time, I got a dress, got flowers, got a cake,” said Kay.

All of it to make sure a particular moment could take place. A father, walking his daughter down the aisle, handing her off to her future husband.

“When he walked me down the aisle when I was married before at 21, I leaned on him, this time he leaned on me,” said Kay through tears.

A father-daughter dance would help cap off the perfect day. While Jim may have trouble continuing to recall it down the road, for Kay, it’s something she’ll take with her forever, reminding him every chance she gets.

“I mean it was like a girl's dream, and I experienced it,” said Kay. “Thank you to Amber Creek for making it happen.”

Scottsdale tenant hit with $826 rent increase

Moloi received notice that the lease on his two-bedroom loft is up in the middle of July and if he wants to renew, it’ll cost him $3,203 for a 13-month lease.SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Zazu Moloi loves where he lives, in a nice Scottsdale apartment complex with a great view. “It’s just nice to be in Old Town,” said Moloi, “to be close to all my friends, most of my family, enjoying the great weather.”The professional photographer would like to stay at the Griffin Apartments, off...

Moloi received notice that the lease on his two-bedroom loft is up in the middle of July and if he wants to renew, it’ll cost him $3,203 for a 13-month lease.

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Zazu Moloi loves where he lives, in a nice Scottsdale apartment complex with a great view. “It’s just nice to be in Old Town,” said Moloi, “to be close to all my friends, most of my family, enjoying the great weather.”

The professional photographer would like to stay at the Griffin Apartments, off Scottsdale and Osborn roads, but he’s now looking for a new place to live because his rent is going up. Moloi just received notice that the lease on his two-bedroom loft is up in the middle of July and if he wants to renew, it’ll cost him $3,203 for a 13-month lease. That’s $826 more than he’s paying now. “It seems extremely greedy,” said Moloi. “It seems nothing but greed. The only reason I can see for them to be trying to increase rents by over 20% and 34% in my case is to try to get current tenants to be priced out of their places.”

At least two other tenants are facing similar increases, but sky-high rent hikes are not limited to this apartment complex. Arizona’s Family has been flooded with emails from viewers across the Valley over the past few months, all dealing with drastic increases in rent.

David Leibowitz is a spokesman with Arizona Multi-Housing Association. He said this is all about supply and demand, with the lack of affordable housing in the Valley driving up the price of every rental unit. The cost of doing business is also a factor. “Inflation is hitting everybody,” said Leibowitz. “Payroll is up. Property taxes are up. Insurance costs are up, the cost of gas is up, so businesses that are struggling often have no choice but to pass along the costs on to their consumers. It’s a very unfortunate reality.” Moloi said he’d understand if rent was going up by $200 or $300, but $800 seems wrong.

HighMark Residential is the management company for the Griffin Apartments. They released this statement: “Nationwide, the housing industry has seen increases similar to commodities, groceries, and gas. Our pricing is commensurate with similar product types within the specific markets in which we operate.”

“I just don’t see where people are able to come up with that extra cash,” said Moloi. “I can’t imagine the person that has a family, and now they don’t have any options.” Rental experts suggest avoiding a month-to-month lease and for tenants to sign as long a lease as possible to lock in a rate.

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Scottsdale works to reduce wildfire risks

Monsoon season has reached Arizona and fire officials have worked tirelessly to reduce the wildland fire risks in North Scottsdale.“Scottsdale has more critical wildfire risk due to the urban interface with much of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and other vegetation rich open space areas,” says Scottsdale Fire Chief Tom Shannon.The fire department has taken a multi-pronged approach to the mitigation efforts including reducing fuels along identified roadways, deploying brush trucks in high risk areas, encouraging comm...

Monsoon season has reached Arizona and fire officials have worked tirelessly to reduce the wildland fire risks in North Scottsdale.

“Scottsdale has more critical wildfire risk due to the urban interface with much of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and other vegetation rich open space areas,” says Scottsdale Fire Chief Tom Shannon.

The fire department has taken a multi-pronged approach to the mitigation efforts including reducing fuels along identified roadways, deploying brush trucks in high risk areas, encouraging communities to become designated Firewise® USA, conducting inspections in construction areas, and encouraging wildfire readiness for homeowners.

Fuel Reduction along N. Scottsdale roadways: This year, Scottsdale received a grant to reduce fire/fuels in strategically targeted areas to reduce the threat of wildfires starting, and to provide defensible spaces that can slow the spread of a fire. Attention has been focused along roadway edges in and around the Preserve, School Trust Lands, and key alignments within the Preserve that function as fuel breaks to stop or slow the forward movement of potential wildfires.

Brush Truck Deployment: From May through September, the wildfire season watch is on and patrols to prevent them are in place. Scottsdale Fire Department has three brush trucks patrolling neighborhoods on the fringes of the desert throughout the city to help prevent or stop wildfires. Crews may also leave info on a front doorknob to remind residents to remove the brush during the dry season.

Firewise® USA Designated Communities: There are currently 14 completed, renewed, and/or recognized Firewise® USA Communities in Scottsdale. The national recognition program provides a collaborative framework to help neighbors in a geographic area get organized, find direction, and take action to increase the ignition resistance of their homes and community and to reduce wildfire risks at the local level. Any community that meets a set of voluntary criteria on an annual basis and retains an “In Good Standing Status” may identify itself as being a Firewise® Site.

Construction Inspections: Many brush fires start from sparks from chains, cutting, welding, and grinding metals, which are common on residential construction sites. With these types of activities regularly and are often adjacent to the Preserve, these quickly became the focus for targeted efforts by the Prevention Division in 2020 and continues today. The inspector and the General Contractor or job supervisor walk the site while using a wildfire safety checklist. If there are any deficiencies, remedies can be accomplished immediately in real time. Occupant contact information is gathered and a pass or fail results automatically when the inspection is over.

Wildfire Ready Homes: Residents are encouraged to assist the fire department by protecting their homes from fire taking proven risk reduction steps. These include creating a 30-foot defensible safety zone by removing dry and dead vegetation around the home, keeping a garden hose connected to exterior hose bibs available for use, and being aware of potential ignition sources like fireplaces, BBQ grills, improper disposal of smoking materials and fireworks.

In addition to these efforts, the wildland team participate in drills to combat any surge of a wildfire that could break out in desert areas such as the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, DC Ranch or Rio Verde. Scottsdale firefighters concluded wildfire training last week.

All residents should become aware of the “Ready, Set, Go” terminology for wildland fires and other emergencies, Chief Shannon stresses. “Being prepared and knowing what to do – especially when the ‘Go’ order is announced – is crucial,” he says. Details are at Ready Set Go.

More wildland safety tips are available. Scottsdale residents may schedule a free wildland safety inspection by submitting the request through ScottsdaleAZ.gov/EZ.

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