Golf course

Responding to neighbors angry about a project that would bring hundreds of trucks to their North Goodyear neighborhood, the developer asked Maricopa County Planning and Zoning commission for a delay until May 14. 

The commissioners voted April 23 to approve the delay concerning rezoning the Falcon Golf Course.

The cities of Goodyear and Litchfield Park also raised concerns about the project.

A letter from Litchfield Park City Manager Bill Stephens said 4,000 truck trips per day would “adversely affect our community due to the tremendous amount of truck traffic generated that will travel through our community.”

Similarly, a letter to the county from Julie Arendall, Goodyear’s city manager, said, “Goodyear City Council has expressed deep concern with the impacted quality of life for residents in the adjacent neighborhoods. The proposed 24/7 operation, along with increased volumes of truck traffic on Camelback Road, will have a negative impact on these communities.”

Kiernan West, which includes more than two dozen FedEx facilities around the country in its portfolio, plans to develop a “cross dock” transportation facility on the 157-acre property north of Camelback Road and south of Luke Air Force Base.

As stated in an April 22 West Valley View story, Romina Martucci generated an online protest against the project that received 2,000 signatures.

The concerns apparently made an impact.

“We are requesting a continuance to  allow for additional time to meet with various stakeholders so that we can better understand raised concerns and ascertain a path forward for the application that addresses stakeholder concerns,” said Jason Morris, a lawyer representing Kiernan West/KW Projects, in a letter to the county.

Whether or not the transportation facility moves forward, Falcon Golf Course is on the back nine and getting ready for its final putt.

“It is our intent to shutter the golf club in the coming months,” said Rory Blakemore of Falcon Golf Course owner Cowley Companies.

“The decision was made by our ownership group in order to avoid the significant costs and lack of revenues associated with the upcoming summer season,” Blakemore said.

“Closure would be permanent.”

Kevin Kiernan, owner of Kiernan West,, noted the closure will happen “with or without the property’s sale.”

Kiernan said, once the site is developed, “a U.S.-based Fortune 500 corporation” is ready to sign a long-term lease. Kiernan did not disclose the name of the company.

“We strongly believe this project will be a significant economic asset for Goodyear, Litchfield Park and the entire West Valley,” Kiernan said. “Upon completion, an estimated 400 to 600 people will work at the facility. These are permanent jobs. The average full-time position is expected to pay in excess of $25 per hour. Management roles will earn significantly more. 

“Upon startup, the facility will generate approximately $22 million in annual payroll.”

Construction would bring 450 temporary jobs, he noted.

“Development is expected to begin this fall when we will break ground on an approximately 170,000-square-foot cross dock building,” he said. The location is a half-mile north of Camelback Road.

He said trucks would drive 2 miles on Camelback Road to the Loop 303.

According to Kiernan, the transportation facility would include $2 million in “public  infrastructure improvements along Camelback Road between 152nd Avenue and the Loop 303.”