In upcoming months, Burbank Bob Hope Airport will incorporate new measures in its outreach to inform the public about the proposed 14-gate replacement terminal to be constructed on a portion of the former Lockheed Plant B-6. A new “infographic” rack card describing the replacement terminal project is fresh off the press, and the Airport has begun creating a separate website dedicated to replacement terminal outreach. A newsletter that will be mailed to members of the Burbank community is also in the offing.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the existing Airport facilities are not far enough from the runways to meet current safety standards. Certain portions of the present terminal are 84 years old and also do not meet current earthquake design standards. The Airport believes that it is important that the public clearly understand why a replacement 14-gate terminal is necessary, and this additional public outreach is intended to help improve that understanding.
The proposed replacement terminal would have 14 aircraft gates, the same number found at the current terminal. It would measure approximately 355,000 square feet, a 68% increase from the current terminal size of 211,000 square feet. The increased space would be used for wider gate access corridors, concessions, baggage facilities, passenger hold rooms, restrooms, security functions, airline space, ticket lobby, and a truck dock. However, the replacement terminal would also preserve the convenience of today’s facilities with the same number of convenient parking spaces as the current terminal, shorter walking distance between the security screening area and the farthest gates, and improved amenities for passengers with disabilities.
The replacement terminal would represent an estimated capital investment of $400 million in the local region that would not be paid for with any local taxes. It would lead to additional jobs in construction, transportation, and related services and act as a unique catalyst to attract a desirable mix of business uses and jobs to the Media District North.
Upon City Council review and approval of the replacement terminal in early 2015, the City Council is expected set a date for the Measure B election, when Burbank voters will approve or disapprove construction of the replacement terminal on this former Lockheed Plant B-6 site.
The basic characteristics of a project encompassing a replacement passenger terminal and nearby land development are currently being analyzed in an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The City of Burbank has engaged an outside consultant to prepare the EIR, which is being funded by the Airport Authority and will be available for public review in late 2014. The B-6 Opportunity Site development is not subject to a Measure B election. The City Council will receive public input and subsequently make the decision about the size, scope, and type of development that will be permitted on the Opportunity Site.
VICA Supports Replacement Terminal Project
On April 24, the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) Board of Directors came out in support of the construction of a replacement terminal and the commercial development of the B-6 Opportunity Site at Burbank Bob Hope Airport. VICA’s position paper, which had been forwarded to the board by unanimous vote of its Aviation Committee, expressed strong support for the preliminary concepts for the replacement terminal and Opportunity Site, stressing the importance of the Airport to the Valley economy.
On May 3, Burbank Bob Hope Airport will host JetBlue Airways’ Blue Horizons for Autism program in conjunction with TSA, Pacific Child and Family Associates, and Autism Speaks. The program is designed as a full-scale travel “dress rehearsal” for families and children impacted by autism. Families will be able to familiarize themselves with the Airport and travel procedures, as the children will have a chance to practice entering the Airport, checking in at the ticket counter, checking bags, being screened at the TSA checkpoint, and boarding a JetBlue aircraft.
Blue Horizons for Autism is not only a benefit to the families who participate, but also provides an invaluable training opportunity for the Airport, airlines, and TSA to learn how to accommodate children with special needs, as well as to increase overall awareness within the Airport community. The overall goal is to provide a positive experience for families traveling with children with autism.
This is the second year in which JetBlue has hosted this program at Burbank Bob Hope Airport. For more information about the program, contact Arpi Arabian at 818-241-6780.
On April 26, representatives from Burbank Bob Hope Airport participated in the annual Burbank on Parade. This year’s theme was “City of the Future.” Airport Commissioner Don Brown, Executive Director Dan Feger, and members of the Airport Fire Department rode in Crash 2, one of the Fire Department’s fire trucks, which is a crowd favorite at the parade every year.
The first batch of commemorative bricks will soon be installed in the new SKIES OF FREEDOM Pavilion, adjacent to the Valet Parking Center. Commemorative bricks are a unique way to honor your own legacy or that of a friend, family member, loved one, or veteran. Commemorative bricks are available in two colors, Regimental Red and Landmark Gray, and two sizes, 4” x 8” and 8” x 8”. Image engraving options, including the terminal tower, a veteran’s ribbon, and Lockheed aircraft and logos, are available for the 8” x 8” bricks. For more information, visit skiesoffreedom.com.
The 2014 Leadership Burbank class visited the Airport earlier this month as part of the curriculum to learn about important agencies and organizations in the city. Class participants received an airfield tour and a presentation about the future of the Airport, including the City-Airport Visioning Process and the need for a replacement terminal.