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Compadre Stadium in Chandler to be replaced by housing development

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Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014 10:45 am

Compadre Stadium will soon be replaced by a residential community.

On Monday, the Chandler City Council approved an ordinance rezoning the land that Compadre Stadium sits on to be residential property and allow Standard Pacific Homes to build houses on the land at the southeast corner of Ocotillo and Alma School roads.

The gated community, called Echelon at Ocotillo, was passed in a unanimous vote by the Planning and Zoning Commission and will contain 319 single-family homes and townhouses ranging in size from 1,539 square feet to 3,700 square feet. Included in the community are lakes, three community parks with fireplaces, a pool and play equipment.

The land also borders Snedigar Recreation Center and Sportsplex, to which Echelon will be connected.

“It’s a really important piece of land to the city of Chandler,” Standard Pacific Homes spokesperson Danielle Tocco said. “It will be a really high-end community and that really parallels Standard Pacific’s strategy nationwide … we go after those ‘A’ locations where people want to live and we build all new-home designs on those locations so it really fit with our strategy from a national perspective.”

Standard Pacific Homes bought the property where the stadium is situated in January 2014. Demolition of Compadre is slated for July and construction of Echelon is planned for late August or early September, pending city permitting, Tocco said. The homes will be up for sale beginning in mid-June 2015.

The building of Echelon reflects the city’s desire to move toward a new updated look.

“It complements the housing product and the neighborhood design that’s down in that area,” Chandler planning administrator Jeff Kurtz said. “It has a chance to be a very nice addition to the Ocotillo community, which is one of the most well-planned, best-run subdivisions against many in the state.”

Compadre Stadium was the Cactus League spring training home of the Milwaukee Brewers from 1986 to 1997 but has stood empty since.

The Brewers asked for the stadium to be upgraded to keep it competitive with other, newer stadiums into which teams were moving. But the city decided not to upgrade the facility due to the expense, and the Brewers moved to their current spring facility in Maryvale.

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