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Apr 01

COVID-19 Update for Blackstone HOA

Posted to Association News by Samantha Thomas

Our top priority is to keep our community safe and healthy. We've been closely monitoring the recommendations and actions taken to help decrease the potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the City of Peoria and the state of Arizona. 

After careful consideration and much discussion between the Board of Directors and the Association management team, Blackstone HOA is temporarily canceling all classes, clubs, and events until further notice effective immediately. 

What does that mean for residents?
Association and Lifestyle Offices: Effectively immediately, the Association offices will be closed to visitors until further notice. Our team will still be on-site to assist you, but we encourage you to practice the recommended social distancing and limit personal contact with staff. Instead of visiting the office, please call or email our team with any questions. We understand and apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. Staff contact information is listed toward the bottom of this email.

Common Areas: Effective immediately and until further notice, Blackstone will be closing amenities to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Closures include the tot lot, basketball courts, ramadas, and picnic benches.
 
Amenities that are closed will have signs to indicate the closure. Physical distancing and hygiene guidelines recommended by the CDC still apply in these areas, which include limiting exposure to people outside of immediate family members, avoiding groups of 10 or more people and maintaining six feet between each person.

Board and Committee Meetings: All non-essential Board and committee meetings are suspended until further notice. Necessary meetings will be posted and held virtually.
Modification Applications: Please submit all applications online to practice the recommended social distancing. If you have questions, contact the Association Office via phone or email.

Gate Access:
Keep your ABDi Gate Access.net account updated with all visitors coming to your home to limit person-to-person contact with the Gate team.
ALL visitors need to be listed on your GateAccess.com account. Please remember to include UBER/Lyft drivers, food and grocery deliveries, and prescription delivery services.
This is an excellent time to review your visitor log. Delete old or outdated entries and check to see if any regular service providers are not currently listed and need to be added.
All visitors must use the main entrance at Blackstone Gatehouse; Sunrise Point is a restricted access gate for residents only.
Visitors should not arrive before 7 a.m. The Gatehouse is operational from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, and each visitor needs to be checked in by the gate host.
Steps we have taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
Any staff member who is feeling ill is encouraged to stay home and contact a healthcare provider.
We are continuing to follow all health and safety protocols currently in place, as well as maintain a focus on cleaning high traffic, commonly handled surfaces.

Contacts:
Association Office | 623-215-8646
General Information Questions | Casey Doscher | cdoscher@ccmcnet.com
Maintenance | Jake Monday | jmonday@ccmcnet.com
Communications | Samantha Thomas | samthomas@ccmcnet.com
Design Review | Stephanie DeAlba | sdealba@ccmcnet.com
Compliance | John Ruggles | jruggles@ccmcnet.com
Lifestyle | Kelly Strand | kstrand@ccmcnet.com
Management | Dick Rosenhagen | drosenhagen@ccmcnet.com
Melissa Parsons | mparsons@ccmcnet.com

Sep 15

Time for Planting

Posted to Landscaping Tips by Krislyn Powell

As the brutal heat has begun to give way to more forgiving fall temperatures, this is an optimal time for planting across the valley! While many desert native plants are built to withstand the high temperatures, non-native and less tolerant plants thrive in our relatively mild Arizona fall. If you have been considering adding any new trees, shrubs or vegetables, fall is a great time of year to add to your landscape. Installing a plant in a new environment is typically a stressful transition, so planting in slightly cooler weather can help increase the chance of survival. The end of September to beginning of October is typically an optimal time as there is still enough warmth to help support new blooms, but no overbearing heat to harm the new plants. 

Before moving ahead, be sure to consider the plant’s size, needs and aesthetic appearance to help you get the best fit. If you have questions about what is best for your landscape specifically, consult your local nursery for tailored tips!

Sep 16

Vote on Peoria’s General Plan

Posted to Peoria News by Krislyn Powell

Since incorporating in 1954, Peoria has blossomed into a rapidly growing, modern city that offers a high quality of living. Some of the attributes that residents and business owners appreciate about Peoria are the stunning natural environment, safe and clean neighborhoods, diversified employment opportunities, strong educational facilities, numerous quality outdoor recreation areas, and vibrant arts and culture venues. So how do you guide future growth and development smartly, while maintaining the quality of life in Peoria? The city utilizes a policy document known as the general plan to guide Peoria’s future decisions relative to land use, public services, infrastructure and resource management, and it provides a clear and defined program for achieving the community vision for Peoria’s future. Peoria’s general plan, known as PlanPeoriaAZ 2040, will be on the Nov. 3, 2020 ballot as Proposition 445. The general plan’s overall themes include wellness, fiscal responsibility, strategic relationships, adaptability, forward thinking, and placemaking, which are projects intended to activate unused areas of the city to give them a sense of place. To find out more about the city’s general plan, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/generalplan