Controversial Chandler dairy farm closingPosted: Updated:
By Andrew Michalscheck
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- A Chandler dairy farm that has raised complaints from neighbors for decades is finally closing its doors.
The Kuiper Dairy, on the corner of Price and Willis in Chandler, has been in the same spot since 1975. At the time, there were three other dairies in the area, but then the neighborhoods started moving in.
Some neighbors claim they were told the dairy would be leaving when they purchased their homes. Others say they were told the dairy was leaving in 2009, but that deal fell through, leaving behind flies and manure pools.
“Its stinky and smelly and has a lot of flies. It makes the neighborhood smell,” said Jenny Ibarra who lives nearby. “A lot of the neighbors do complain about the smell.”
“The problem is the flies. That just kills you. It ruins your ability to go outside and spend a lot of time outside,” said Tony Franklin, another nearby neighbor.
That will all soon change. The owner of the dairy declined an interview, but confirmed that the dairy is under contract.
Kevin Mayo, a spokesperson for the City of Chandler, said the property has been purchased by developer Douglas Allred, and plans are in the works for a corporate campus style large office building.
The City of Chandler has been working to develop this area, known as the Price corridor, and similar office buildings have cropped up in the area in recent years.
Not everyone is happy about the change, though.
“It’s sad to see the old style of doing things being pushed out by these huge buildings,” said Brian Marsh, who grew up on a farm and has lived near the Chandler dairy for a decade. “These city slickers gotta understand that it takes something to put food on their table.”
Still, the majority of neighbors are happy to see a shift from Chandler’s original rural atmosphere to a more urban feel.
“It’s actually really exciting. Because when you sit outside the smell can be really gross and the flies are really bad. So with it being gone it will be a huge benefit to the neighborhood,” said Ibarra.
“I don’t wish anybody to lose a job, I’m sure this is their livelihood. I don’t wish that on anybody, but if they are going to go, I’m going to be thrilled about not having the flies. I mean, I actually considered moving,” said Franklin.