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Posted: Sunday, April 20, 2014 6:45 am | Updated: 1:47 pm, Sun Apr 20, 2014.

What was once the spring home to the Milwaukee Brewers likely soon will be replaced by actual homes.

Standard Pacific Homes recently submitted plans to build a residential community on the Compadre Stadium site, located at the southeast corner of Alma School and Ocotillo roads in south Chandler.

Standard Pacific purchased the 65 acres in January and has plans to begin grading in late June or early July, pending final city approval, said Pat Moroney, Phoenix division president for Standard Pacific Homes.

“It is a prominent location in Chandler and the last opportunity to be in the Ocotillo master plan,” Moroney said.

Standard Pacific is awaiting approval on rezoning and plot plans, Moroney said, for which a June hearing already is set. The proposed development must be approved by Chandler’s Planning and Zoning Commission and by the Chandler City Council before breaking ground.

Compadre Stadium and the practice fields to the south served as the Brewers’ Cactus League home from 1986 to 1997, when the team moved to Maryvale Stadium in Phoenix. The decision came after Chandler balked at the team’s requests to update the facilities to make it comparable to other spring training complexes that were recently built around the Valley.

The facilities went unused since, outside of a few meetings the Chandler Compadres nonprofit conducted there.

The sale to Standard Pacific likely means spring training will never return to Chandler.

“We don’t have the land,” said Dave Bigos, spokesman for Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the city council.

The newest East Valley spring training complex, Cubs Park in Mesa, is a 140-acre facility used by the Chicago Cubs and opened in 2014. Another new complex, Salt River Fields on Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community east of Scottsdale, also sits on 140 acres. That facility, used by the Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies — two-team complexes are the norm now — opened in 2011.

“We’ve moved on,” Bigos said. “We’ve turned our attention to technology and innovation.”

Bigos said Chandler would welcome any spring training complex on the neighboring Gila River Indian Community, as was heavily discussed a few years ago.

“We’ve had no discussions since,” said Zuzette Kisto, Gila River Indian Community spokeswoman.

The Compadre Stadium site once was talked about for a future resort but nothing came about, particularly after the economy crashed late last decade.

The proposed Echelon at Ocotillo would feature 319 total units — 137 townhomes, 99 villas and 83 estate homes as large as 4,000 square feet. The homes are designed for the “move-up audience,” Moroney said.

“It is a really important piece of land in Chandler and these homes will be designed specifically for this piece of land,” said Danielle Tocco, Standard Pacific spokeswoman.

Standard Pacific held multiple information meetings with area residents on the proposed development, a Chandler requirement, and Moroney said all the feedback was positive.

Chandler’s Snedigar Recreation Center and Sportsplex fields, which sit south of the stadium site, will not be affected by any development. Neither will the Basha’s facility to the east, along south Basha Road.

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