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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

Nov 24

Using Outdoor Lights

Posted to Landscaping Tips by Krislyn Powell

If you cover your trees during a cold spell to protect from frost damage, but are worried they have been unable to retain enough heat, small outdoor lights can be an easy way to add a little heat.
Covering your trees to protect from frost damage acts to insulate your tree’s microclimate and retain heat it absorbed throughout the day. If your tree is not receiving frequent sunlight or daytime temperatures are unusually cold, some areas may not have much heat to retain. Adding a small outdoor light below the covering can help to act as a small source of heat through the night. This light should be hung just off the ground, well away from the trunk and not at risk of touching the covering.

By adding this element underneath the covering, the small amount of heat given off by the light will be captured in the area, helping to stave off frost.

When selecting a light and location, be sure to follow all safety regulations as determined for your light and ensure you are using an outdoor bulb that is safely encased and not exposing the covering or tree to any potential hazard.

Nov 25

Loop 303 between Happy Valley and Lone Mountain Parkways Closed Overnight

Posted to Peoria News by Krislyn Powell

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers who use Loop 303 in the far Northwest Valley of overnight closures planned Monday, Nov. 30 and Tuesday, Dec. 1 between Happy Valley and Lone Mountain parkways for construction crews to establish traffic control for a new Loop 303 improvement project in this area.

       Northbound Loop 303 will be closed from 10 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30 until 5 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1. Detour: Through traffic on Loop 303 can exit to eastbound Happy Valley Parkway to northbound Lake Pleasant Parkway to re-enter northbound Loop 303.

       Southbound Loop 303 will be closed from 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1 until 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Detour: Through traffic on Loop 303 can exit to southbound Lake Pleasant Parkway and use westbound Happy Valley Parkway to re-enter southbound Loop 303.

Following these overnight restrictions, the inside shoulders along Loop 303 will be restricted for approximately 12 months during construction of Loop 303 improvements between Happy Valley and Lake Pleasant parkways. Improvements include:

       Constructing a third general purpose lane in each direction by widening in the median.

       Constructing new bridges over the Beardsley Canal and Jomax Parkway for the new section of the Loop 303 freeway mainline.

       Constructing the Jomax Parkway Traffic Interchange, which will connect to the future extension of Jomax Parkway west of Loop 303 to Vistancia Boulevard. The new roadway will be constructed by the city of Peoria, with construction expected to begin in March 2021.

During the first phase of construction, the existing two lanes of traffic in each direction will be maintained on Loop 303 while the median shoulder is paved and new bridges for the future mainline roadway and Jomax Parkway ramps are constructed. In phase two, Loop 303 traffic will be shifted to the new mainline on the inside and the Jomax Parkway improvements will be constructed. 

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Bilingual Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or go to azdot.gov/contact and select Projects from the drop-down menu. For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT's Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving.