Chandler Kuiper dairy farm closing
The Republic | azcentral.com
After years of uncertainty, one of Chandler’s last remaining dairy farms appears to be closing — again.
The Kuiper dairy, which sits on 68 acres at Price and Willis roads, is in contract to be sold to a developer, said Scott Kuiper, who manages the farm’s daily operations for his family.
The Kuipers had planned to sell the land to another developer in 2008, but the deal fell through after the dairy had closed. Meanwhile, the family returned some cows to the land in order to preserve its agricultural property-tax designation. Currently 525 cows remain on the property, Kuiper said.
His father, Harold Kuiper, moved his dairy to Chandler from Scottsdale in 1975, and the farm has been on the site since.
Over the decades, the dairy became increasingly out of place as the surrounding area transformed into a hub of high-tech development. Chandler’s Price Corridor — home to companies like Intel, Amkor Technology and Americredit — lies directly south of the farm. The San Tan Freeway is just north of the dairy.
Christine Mackay, Chandler’s economic-development director, confirmed that the parcel was in escrow with the Douglas Allred Company, which is developing much of the land nearby.
If the sale is successful, Allred likely would develop mid-rise commercial buildings on the land to attract more science and technology companies, in keeping with the city’s vision for the Price Corridor, Mackay said.