Goodyear school iCode

The new Goodyear school iCode teaches coding, apps and website development.

The Philly Pretzel Factory in Goodyear has closed.

“We are sad to say today will be our last day opened,” said a PPF Goodyear post Dec. 20. “Thank you all for your support during this past year.”

This will break the hearts of many who shared love for the place, such as Carol S. of Goodyear, who posted on Yelp shortly after PPF’s opening in Goodyear in June of 2019, “This is my kids new favorite place.”

Becker Zarling Law has moved into a larger location in Avondale. 

The practice, which provides family law (divorce, child custody, child support issues) and wills and trusts, doubled its size, moving to a new building (from C to F) in the same office park at 12725 W. Indian School.

“We have also recently been accredited with the BBB and have received Attorney and Practice Magazine’s Top 10 Family Law Attorney, Top 10 Family Law Firm and the Best of the Best Top 10 Estate Planning Law Firm for 2020,” said Gina Zarling.

• The booming computer science school iCode has arrived in Goodyear. 

Online classes are currently available for K-12 students at the Goodyear iCode, which opened its brick-and-mortar location in the summer at 13185 W. Thomas Road, Building 2.

The location will offer STEAM-based computer science education and a “belt program,” designed “to keep students motivated to continue developing their skills similar to how belts function in the martial arts.”

The school teaches students of all skill levels with programs that teach students how to build games, apps, websites and work with robotics.

The school’s costs range from $140 to $360 per month.

“We’re thrilled that Chase has opened his online classes to students in the Goodyear area,” said Abid Abedi, founder and CEO of iCode. “Now, students can have the opportunity to learn often overlooked skills that can benefit them for a future in tech. With custom programs built for every experience level, we’re looking forward to seeing how the kids and teens at Chase’s location develop their skills.” 

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• A new community is brewing in Avondale.

WestStone Communities paid $4.9 million to purchase 19 acres on McDowell Road just north of Interstate 10.

The plan is for a 217-unit residential development. WestStone hopes to have the Cottages on McDowell ready by 2022.

WestStone has 10 other projects around Phoenix.

The company’s pitch: Showcasing urban living floor plans designed to fit a multi-faceted life, WestStone provides breathe-easy lifestyles in unique, beautiful settings. Each community offers amenities such as clubhouses and swimming pools that appeal to homeowners and their families.”

On Oct. 5, the Avondale City Council approved a general plan amendment and rezoning request to make way for the development at the southwest corner of Avondale Boulevard and McDowell Road.

A week before Christmas, Richmond American Homes paid $3.2 million for 60 lots at Citrus and Lower Buckeye roads in Goodyear.

Richmond has multiple projects around Goodyear, including Las Brisas by Richmond American Homes down Buckeye Road from the new land purchase and Canyon Trails North.

Michael Cowley and company are busy again.

On Dec. 21, Cowley’s Strategic Capital Management acquired 109 acres at Watson and Lower Buckeye roads in Buckeye for $4.3 million.

Cowley’s various development companies are frequent Business Briefcase players. Cowley recently purchased a staggering 475 acres next to Sun City Festival in extreme north Buckeye.

The new purchase looks more like a farm-to-warehouse project. 

Cowley and company purchased the Falcon Golf Course several years ago, then sold it to a developer who will build a FedEx facility on the Goodyear/Litchfield Park border.