(Source: GlendaleStar): Darrel Jackson – The Glendale Planning Commission continues to approve growth opportunities after approving the rezoning of 1,340 acres of land near Luke Air Force Base (LAFB) for Woolf Logistic.
Council is expected to approve the annexation and rezoning later this year of the proposed land at 8805 N. Reems Road near Northern and Peoria avenues west of 143rd Avenue and Luke Air Force Base.
“We are just really excited to have the opportunity to work with the Woolf family and bring this property into the Glendale city limits,” said Planning Director Jon Froke. “We are looking forward to working with them to bring jobs into Glendale near Luke Air Force Base, as we continue to expand the city.”
Woolf Logistics plans to use the property and build warehouses to house goods and products and for possible manufacturing.
Once the annexation is completed, Froke said construction on the first building would begin in early 2018 with businesses opening in late 2018, or early 2019.
“Woolf Logistic really wants to be part of the city,” Froke said. “They want to have Glendale police and fire services and be part of the community and that is why we are recommending this annexation and rezoning.”
The city has discussed annexing the land into the city in the past, as recently as last year, but with Woolf Properties finally agreeing to build, council is expecting to approve the changes.
“As our industrial vacancy rate reaches historic lows, this signature development provides us with an opportunity to attract new businesses to the city and continue to increase job opportunities,” said Economic Development Director Brian Friedman. “With easy access to Northern Parkway and Loop 303, much needed rail served sites and a quality labor force, nearby manufacturers will find the new industrial park a great place to do business.”
Currently, the land is zoned agriculture, but also has military compatibility permit because it is near LAFB. Friedman said the development of the land also protects LAFB which is one of the largest employers within the city as they continue to focus on growth.
“We have growth opportunities that we continue to come forward,” Froke said. “That area (near LAFB) continues to have opportunities that come forward and we will continue to work on expanding the city’s reach.”