Airport Authority Votes for Reduced Commercial Development Envelope for B-6 Property
The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority voted earlier this month to submit a Development Application Package to the City of Burbank for a replacement 14-gate terminal and development of the B-6 “Opportunity Site” adjacent to the proposed terminal that would limit the amount of proposed mixed-use commercial and industrial development in the project to 2.35 million square feet. The original proposed concept, based on a 15-year development period, would have considered development up to 3 million square feet.
Submission of the application package was required for the City to issue a Notice of Preparation for an Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
“Our goal is to ensure that the proposed replacement terminal and the adjacent Opportunity Site commercial development will achieve the best possible balance of new businesses and jobs for Burbank without overwhelming the local infrastructure. We heard—and responded to—public comments that the proposed development concept was too large, and addressed that issue,” said Authority President Susan Georgino. “The lower density of development reflects a more desirable and practical shorter 10-year time period over which to plan the site build-out,” she added.
As approved for submission, the Authority’s Development Application Package adheres to the list of characteristics for the project approved by the Authority and the Burbank City Council during a joint session on November 14, with the exception of the reduced maximum development on the 58-acre Opportunity Site.
The replacement terminal would have 14 aircraft gates, the same number of gates as the current terminal. The number of airport parking spaces would also remain unchanged, at 6,631. The replacement terminal would encompass approximately 355,102 square feet, an increase of 144,503 square feet over the current terminal building, to provide for additional user amenities, more spacious hallways and gate areas, and enhanced security facilities.
Other characteristics of the aviation-related portion of the project include demolition of the existing 83-year-old passenger terminal, extension of airfield taxiways, and relocation of fire suppression operations.
Potential commercial uses on the Opportunity Site could include several types of office space, flex/industrial, retail and hotel. This reduced development concept would provide for more flex/industrial space but reduced Class A office space. The development of the Opportunity Site would take advantage of its close proximity to the Antelope Valley Metrolink line and the proposed replacement terminal. It is anticipated that following the City’s issuance of the Notice of Preparation, a public scoping meeting will be held, after which the final project description for study in the EIR will be determined. The City’s timeline for the EIR calls for its completion in early 2015.
For current information on the plans and progress of the proposed replacement terminal and the adjacent Opportunity Site, visit the City-Airport Visioning Process page on the Airport website.
Burbank Named Cheapest City for Travel-Related Taxes
A December 10 article in USA Today named Burbank as the city with the lowest combined travel-related discriminatory taxes on lodging, rental cars, and meals. The Global Business Travel Association found that Burbank’s taxes come out to $1.58 per day, in comparison to $3.16 in Orange County, $4.48 in Ontario, and $7.37 in Los Angeles.
Discriminatory travel taxes are those imposed specifically on travel services above and beyond general sales taxes. These include taxes on rental cars, hotels, restaurants, and airlines. Low travel taxes and proximity to many popular destinations—including major studios, downtown Los Angeles, and Hollywood—make Bob Hope Airport and the city of Burbank the best travel options for financially-conscious business passenger.
Airport Welcomes Fans to Rose Bowl Stadium
As the Official Airport of the Rose Bowl Stadium, Burbank Bob Hope Airport is preparing for the two major college football bowl games that will take place in early January. The Michigan State Spartans and the Stanford Cardinal will face off in the 100th Rose Bowl Game on January 1, while the Auburn Tigers will play the Florida State Seminoles in the BCS Championship Game on January 6.
A “topping-off” ceremony took place at the Regional Intermodal Transportation Center (RITC) on November 26, when the final major beam was added to the structure. Airport Commissioners and Staff were present for the ceremony, during which members of the Build RITC team signed the beam and watched it being lowered into place. Construction on the RITC began in 2012, and it is slated to open this summer.
Congratulations to Jason S., the randomly selected winner of our “Win a Trip to the Rose Bowl Stadium” sweepstakes! Jason, a Michigan resident, received two round-trip tickets to Burbank Bob Hope Airport, courtesy of Southwest Airlines; admission to Rose Bowl Stadium on January 1 for him and a guest; a hotel stay; and dinner for two at a local restaurant. Follow the Airport’s Facebook and Twitter feeds to stay up-to-date on the latest news, photos, and contests!
Earn additional airlines miles or hotel points when you park, dine, or shop at the Airport! If you’re flying this holiday season, be sure to enroll your credit or debit card at Thanks Again @ BUR. It’s free, and every dollar you spend at Burbank Bob Hope Airport—and 170 other airports across the country—will earn you airline miles or hotel points. If your credit card is already enrolled in an airline or hotel rewards program, Thanks Again will earn you double the points!
SKIES OF FREEDOM Pavilion 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”. The bricks will be installed in the new Skies of Freedom Pavilion, due to open in the summer of 2014. For more information, visit www.skiesoffreedom.com.