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Sossaman Family Plans To Grow 'Agritainment' Development On Homestead Site

Heritage Corner master plan
(Screen capture from the Heritage Corner project narrative)
The concept master plan incorporates the family's original home with new structures such as a bakery, brewery/restaurant and event hall.

When the town of Queen Creek updated its zoning code in 2015, it allowed for a new type of zoning: agritainment

Agritainment is a catch-all word meant to describe activity related to farming, but with an educational or entertainment slant.

Think Schnepf Farms or the Queen Creek Olive Mill. 

The Town Council recently approved the first development zoned under the new code earlier this month.

The Sossaman family wants to transform the farm’s original homestead into place where people could go to eat and drink, hold special events and learn about how wheat becomes flour, pizza and even tortillas.

“I think the town recognized we have some really unique uses and activities with the Sossaman Farm,” said Brett Burningham, Queen Creek planning administrator. The Planned Area Development the town approved paves the way for the project to begin.

“We wanted to try and create an environment where it could remain and evolve over time,” Burningham said.

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The project, dubbed Heritage Corner, will be located at the intersection of Sossaman and Ocotillo roads.

The project narrative presented to the Town Council describes an 11-acre project with a pasta-making area, restaurant, bakery, gardens, coffee house and local brewery.

Educational tours would be available to the public and school groups and the site would host corporate and family gatherings. 

The Sossaman family declined to comment on the project.

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Mariana Dale rustles up stories as a senior field correspondent based out of KJZZ’s East Valley Bureau in Tempe. She’s followed a microphone onto cattle ranches, to the Dominican Republic and many places in between. Dale believes in a story’s strength to introduce us to diverse perspectives, inspire curiosity and hold public leaders accountable for their actions. She started at KJZZ on the digital team in 2016 and still spends a lot of time thinking about how to engage with our community online. Dale has learned from stints at Arizona Public Media, The Arizona Daily Star, The Arizona Republic and as an intern at NPR’s Morning Edition in Culver City. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Dale is grateful for the mentoring of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, the Chips Quinn Scholars program and AIR’s New Voices Scholars. A desert native, she loves spending time outside hiking, tending to her cactus and reading.