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Owners of Extraordinary Properties honored by City of Mesa
By: Kevin Christopher
03/4/14 7:31 AM

March 4, 2014
Public Information & Communications
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Tel. 480-644-4699
kevin.christopher@mesaaz.gov  
 
Mesa, AZ – – The City of Mesa’s Extraordinary Properties campaign has recognized five property owners who exceed design standards in the areas where they are located.  The recipients were recognized at the March 3 City Council meeting.
 
The property owners recognized for Extraordinary Properties are:
 
Commercial Property – American Metals, 740 W. Broadway Road.  The business, which recycles scrap metal, redeveloped the site where it has been located for 35 years with a unique solution to screen the storage necessary for this type of business by utilizing recycled 10-foot high box car doors.  The doors were sand blasted to create a weathered and rustic appearance.  The owner also provided new landscaping along the perimeter of the business.  American Metals also constructed new office and storage buildings.
 
Community Property – Mesa Urban Garden (MUG), 212 E. First Ave.  MUG is a non-profit organization with support from businesses and volunteers which took a vacant lot and created a vibrant community garden.  The garden is open to the surrounding neighborhood and members of the community.  There are special sections for youth as well as sections designed to be ADA accessible.  
 
Residential Property – Ivy Cunningham for her home on East Alder Avenue in the Country Life subdivision.  Ms. Cunningham, who was nominated by a neighbor, works in her yard up to five hours per day.  She has lived at the home since 1967 and the landscaping has been improved and enlarged over the years.
 
Residential Property – Richard and Charlotte Polfliet for their home on South Noble in the Signal Butte Ranch subdivision.  Upon purchasing the home in 2000, Mr. Polfliet immediately went to work on the design as a hobby. He enjoys creating and collecting his own pieces of artwork in the front yard.  He designed the planters and fountain pedestals. 
 
Residential Property – Frances Lindblom for her home on East Jarvis Avenue in the New High subdivision.  Mrs. Lindblom and her late husband started with a double property lot 61 years ago.  Nominated by a neighbor, the house has large trees, a lush green lawn and a path winding across the lawn between lamp posts.  While a landscaping company cuts the grass and trims the shrubbery, Mrs. Lindblom maintains all of the plants. 
 
The recipients of the Extraordinary Properties awards each receive a certificate and an Extraordinary Properties sign that will be displayed in their yards for three months.  The winners will be nominated for the “Mayor’s Award for Building a Better Mesa.”  Every Extraordinary Property nominee will receive a thank you letter and certificate.
 
Each quarter, a panel of community leaders will select the winners.  If you see an extraordinary home or business, you can submit your nominations to mesaextraordinaryproperties@mesaaz.gov.   
 
 
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