City of Kingman Economic Development Team Sells Land for Snack Company Distribution at Kingman Industrial Park

Published by The Bee News

April 12, 2022

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KINGMAN, Ariz. – The City of Kingman’s Economic Development Department is excited to announce a new, local exchange center that broke ground this month. Back in April of 2021, The City of Kingman sold roughly 3.6 acres of land to the Crosland Barnes Group (CBG) for $170,000, who has plans to build a distribution center. CBG would not comment on who the company is at the time of this press release. They credited the Economic Development team for all their hard work and effort in helping them navigate the process with all the governmental agencies and stated, “Thanks to Mr. Bratley, the City of Kingman, and the various departments, this project moved through the process with ease.” The permit and plans on file with the county sites that the distribution company is Frito-Lay. The plans are to build a 5.276 sq. ft building which will serve the Kingman market. The plan is to be operational by the 2nd quarter of 2022.

 

The new project will be built on the site that was formally known as the Honor Farm. This facility was opened in the mid 1980’s by Mohave County as a holding facility to relieve pressure at the Mohave County Jail. In later years, the Mohave County Sheriff’s department used it as a testing facility for recruits. In 2011, the facility was showing major signs of disrepair. Mohave County terminated the lease shortly thereafter and over the next 10 years the property continued to deteriorate. Economic Development Manager, Bennett Bratley said “We realized that there were some potential sites in the industrial park that the city owned, but that would need to be redeveloped to prepare them for potential future sales. If land like this is not made ready for development, the reality is that businesses will not be willing to look past those issues and build their business on the sites.” The Honor Farm originally sat on three separate parcels and the first step was to combine those parcels into one usable parcel. Next, the team set out to get quotes on removing the buildings and structures. The site consisted of 3 concrete buildings, 2 single wide trailers, and a great deal of dead trees and weeds. A local company won the bid for the demolition and the clean-up of the parcels began and was completed in January of 2021. Shortly thereafter, a letter of interest was received from the Crosland Barnes Group to purchase the site. The forethought of the Economic Development team allowed for the PepsiCo, Frito- Lay distribution center to come to the industrial park. Economic Development Director Gary Kellogg said, “Our economic development team is continually looking for ways to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for the Kingman community. Its successful outcomes like this project that this team works on daily that will continue to make Kingman an area where businesses want to relocate and thrive.”

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