Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Buckeye is booming.
Recently, Forestar Group paid $5.1 million for 70 acres on Yuma Road between Watson and Apache roads.
The plan is to add another 250 or so homes to boomin’ Buckeye.
Forestar is a national developer that boasts, “A strategic relationship with D.R. Horton, the nation’s largest homebuilder, complements Forestar’s vision of creating neighborhoods that enhance the lives of community residents while creating value for shareholders, trade partners and employees.”
• Another big sale: Carvana paid $21.6 million for 77 acres at 600 S. 94th Avenue and 600 S. 97th Avenue in Tolleson.
• On a smaller scale, West Valley master-planned community Estrella by Newland welcomes its newest restaurant, the Cantina at Presidio.
So now Estrella residents and others in the area can enjoy Mexican cuisine made from scratch. Dishes include authentic street tacos and homemade salsas.
This is the third restaurant that Goodyear resident Deborah Huyer has opened in Estrella in the past two years.
She also owns Café Bebida, featuring coffee sourced from her family’s farm in Hawaii, and Lakeside Grill.
• The Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest awarded five scholarships to high school students for their winning essays on “The Importance of Character and Ethics.”
Held annually, the contest encourages students to write an essay about doing the right thing when they are faced with an ethical dilemma. This year’s scholarships were sponsored by Swiss America and Kiwanis Club.
While first place of $1,500 went to Aidan Lin from Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, Nicole Achback from Estrella Foothills High School in Goodyear took second place and a $1,250 prize.
• In case you missed it: On Nov. 5, Aldi opened its first Arizona store (technically, it was a tie, with a Chandler Aldi opening the same day).
Eager customers who have shopped at Aldi discount grocery stores in other states lined up for the opening—and knew to bring a quarter to “rent” a shopping cart. The quarter is returned, which encourages people not to leave carts strewn around the parking lot.
The Goodyear Aldi on the southeast corner of Estrella Parkway and Roosevelt Street is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Aldi released its second annual Fan Favorites survey results recently.
Some of the Aldi winners:
Overall: Mama Cozzi’s Take & Bake Deli Pizza.
Bread or baked goods: Specially Selected Brioche Buns.
Cheese: Emporium Selection Crumbles.
Deli: Appleton Farms Center Cut Bacon.
Fall seasonal: Bake Shop Apple Cider Donuts.
Gluten-free: Savoritz Parmesan Crisps.
Kids: Happy Farms String Cheese.
Vegetarian or vegan: Earth Grown Veggie Burgers.
Wine or beer: Winking Owl Wine.
Winter seasonal: Specially Selected Belgian Cocoa Dusted Truffles.
• Looking to get rid of a vehicle and support a good cause? Running or not, if you have a car, truck, trailer, RV motorcycle, off-road vehicle, farming, heavy equipment, boat or plane, you can make it a tax-deductible donation to the Litchfield Park Historical Society. “We are the #1 donor organization for vehicles in the West Valley,” says the group.
For more information, call 844-569-4483 or visit phsmuseum.org.