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3/9/2012 6:01:00 AM
Kingman's Lingenfelter offers land for new fairgrounds
Lingenfelter makes 200 acres near airport available, with Grace Neal Parkway as part of the deal
Dr. John Lingenfelter
Dr. John Lingenfelter

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - A local businessman is offering to donate 200 acres to the county for a new fairgrounds, but there's a five-mile, four-lane string attached.

Local businessman and philanthropist Dr. John Lingenfelter is making the offer, which the Board of Supervisors will discuss during its meeting Monday. The land is located about one mile west of the intersection of Route 66 and Mohave Airport Drive.

There are some conditions attached to the property, according to a letter sent to the Board. In return for the property, Lingenfelter is asking that Grace Neal Parkway, which borders the southern edge of the property, be developed from a two-lane dirt road into a four-lane county road from Stockton Hill Road to the Route 66 entrance of the Kingman Airport Industrial Park.

The county applied for a $38 million TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant to develop the parkway from the federal government in 2009, but didn't receive it.

Lingenfelter is also asking that the property only be used for a multi-use fairgrounds. He will not transfer it to the county until a plan outlining its use is developed. The property will also have to be rezoned before it can be transferred and have its value appraised after the rezone.

He is also requesting that the property revert back to his family if it is not developed within a certain timeline. A deadline for when the property would revert has not been set yet.

Also, the county and Lingenfelter would have to agree on any sound barriers that would be installed on the property.

The exact details of the donation, including how the county will pay for a new fairgrounds have not been worked out yet, said Mohave County Supervisor Gary Watson.

One idea is to build up the infrastructure at the new location by gradually moving events out to the property, he said.

The first events to move to the property would be the motorsports. Watson said several local and national motorsports groups have expressed interest in having a track in Kingman and may be willing to help with funding. The track would be placed at the far end of the property in order to help dampen the noise, although there are few neighbors near the property, he said.

The rodeo, fair, animal, gun and crafts shows would remain at the current fairgrounds until the county had collected enough money from the events at both locations to build additional infrastructure, Watson said. The idea is to develop the new fairgrounds without using taxpayer money.

Once all of the events were moved to the new grounds, the old grounds near Firefighter's Park in Kingman will be sold, he said. The money from the sale will also go to development of the new property.

Watson said the county and Lingenfelter were looking at the possibility of rezoning the land surrounding the property, which Lingenfelter also owns, into an industrial park. The park would provide a noise buffer for any residents who moved into the area, he said.

The Board will also hear a report from staff about what other counties have done with their fairgrounds and get an estimate on what it would cost the county to move the grounds.

The report suggests that the Board look for a flat piece of property that is at least 200 acres in size that someone is willing to donate to the county. The property should be close to one of the three major cities - Lake Havasu City, Kingman or Bullhead City - and a major transportation corridor. It also needs to be at least one mile away from any residential properties.

Staff is suggesting that the Board publish a request to the public for land donations that would fit the requirements.

The Board will also consider:

• A request from Chairman Buster Johnson to review and reduce the energy usage of county-owned buildings.

• A request for a zoning use permit for a church camp near Lake Mead.

• Text amendments to the Sterling Area Plan to allow a solar plant to change technology.

• A request for a crosswalk and a traffic control device on Pierce Ferry Road in Dolan Springs.

• A request to endorse an application for a federal grant from the Hualapai Tribe to pave nine miles of Diamond Bar Road.

The Board meets at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, March 9, 2012
Article comment by: John Armstrong

On the surface, this sounds like a pretty good deal.

I would suggest that Mohave County Board of Supervisors consider more than just a fair ground area.

Maybe the area can also by set up with a new baseball stadium and parking to attract a minor league professional baseball team here to play in the summer.

1. It would be an added tourist attraction for revenue generation at restuarants and hotels.

2. It would be a great fill-in activity to do when there are no gun/craft shows, rodeos or fairs going on.

Is it a silver bullet for all of Kingman's economic problems? No, but it can go along way to helping us out.

Posted: Friday, March 9, 2012
Article comment by: Just a Little Lower Please

Ahhh, the GOB's at work in their most favorite back-scratching front-page pastime.

Posted: Friday, March 9, 2012
Article comment by: What The ?

And just how can the county afford to build a parkway when they claim "there is NO FUNDS" to repair county roads that have large truck size holes in the black top !!! But they seen to think they can spend millions on new fair grounds at this time. They seen to use the spend your way out of debt just like the head clown in DC. So just how has that "hope & change " bs thing working out for you ???

Posted: Friday, March 9, 2012
Article comment by: Go for It

Sounds like a good deal. Let's get moving. Would like to see this happen before I die. This should have been done years ago.

Posted: Friday, March 9, 2012
Article comment by: Bob Spaulding

Plenty in it for him, not much for the taxpayers. Who pays for all the road improvements? You. Also exactly who does Junior Lingenfelter, who did the study work for? And whose interests is he representing? The County? His grandfather by adoption? the College? Who?

Posted: Friday, March 9, 2012
Article comment by: Trained Observer

My question is will Stockton Hill Road and Rte. 66 be made into a 2 lanes in each direction roadways if this happens. While the article mentions the GN Pwy being made into 4, what about the roads that lead to it? I envision quite a backup of traffic for people who would use these roads to get home if they are left as they are now.

Posted: Friday, March 9, 2012
Article comment by: Julie Powers

A generous donation for a venue that will be a great addition to the community, and the county as well. Thanks, Dr. Lingenfelter!

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