Maricopa County Approves Redevelopment of Former Golf Course for Industrial Use

Maricopa County Approves Redevelopment of Former Golf Course for Industrial Use

In April of 2020, Kiernan West (KW Projects) submitted plans to Maricopa County to develop approximately 80 acres of land near Luke Air Force Base. The 157-acre site is close to Goodyear and Litchfield and was the location of a golf club. It was recently reported that Maricopa County had approved plans for the redevelopment of the former golf course for industrial use and that a significant employer would be leasing the property upon its competition. However, not everyone in the community welcomed this news.

The Falcon Golf Club

In late July 2020, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted to approve the development of the former Falcon Golf Club located at Camelback Road and 152nd Avenue. According to a recent report, the developer, KW Projects, is building the site to be a new cross-dock truck facility for FedEx. There will be two phases of development, the first of which will take place on the north end of the tract using 79 acres of land. The facility will be 245,730-square-feet, including the cross-dock facility and support buildings. There will also be 683 employee parking spaces and about 1,500 spaces for trucks, vans, and trailers.

Community Traffic Concerns

Before the vote, community leaders from both Goodyear and Litchfield reportedly expressed concerns about increased traffic in the area. Some of these concerns were so great that in May, KW requested that the Maricopa County Planning and Zoning commission delay their vote to give the developer time to review and respond to them. At that time, the company that owned the Falcon Golf course made it clear that it intended to close the business in the coming months. KW indicated that once the project was completed, ?a U.S.-based Fortune 500 corporation? would be prepared to lease the property and that an estimated 400 to 600 jobs would be created. The developer also said, ?upon startup, the facility will generate approximately $22 million in annual payroll? and that the facility would include $2 million in ?public infrastructure improvements along Camelback Road between 152nd Avenue and the Loop 303.? Now, the identity of the “Fortune 500 corporation” is a matter of public record.

Industrial Development in the Area

Industrial development in the West Valley is moving forward. The county?s approval for the FedEx site came just before news of Amazon?s announcement that it will be opening eleven new locations across the Phoenix metro area that will include delivery stations in Avondale and Goodyear. One of Amazon’s cross-dock facilities is scheduled to open next year, approximately 3 miles away from the FedEx planned facility on Camelback Road.

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