On February 13, the City of Burbank held a public meeting seeking comment on the scope of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed 14-gate replacement terminal for the Airport and commercial development of 58 acres of former Lockheed property next to the terminal site.
Executive Director Dan Feger offered comments recommending that governmental actions that have a bearing on the projects should be included in the project description in the EIR. “The Authority believes that the best approach to ensure transparency and to inform the public and the various decision makers who will rely on this EIR, is to include all of the significant related actions as part of the project being analyzed,” Feger said. The complete statement – which addresses proposed changes in governance of the Airport Authority intended to protect the interests of Burbank if a replacement terminal is approved, as well as the Burbank voter approval requirement for the replacement terminal – is available here.
The City of Burbank has hired Meridian Consultants of Westlake Village to conduct the $1.3 million study. It is anticipated that the EIR and Burbank City Council review of the projects will be completed in Spring 2015. The City and the Airport Authority will continue to conduct public outreach meetings throughout the EIR process. For more information, visit the City-Airport Visioning Process page on the Airport’s website.
On January 28, Airport Authority Executive Director Dan Feger appeared before the Burbank City Council to address concerns raised at a prior Council meeting about contamination on the B-6 Trust Property, the site of the proposed replacement terminal and adjacent commercial development.
“I want to assure you and the public that the soils in and beneath the surface of the entire B-6 Property, including both the Adjacent Property and the Trust Property, were completely remediated to the satisfaction of the Authority, Lockheed, and the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, the agency contracted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to provide oversight of Lockheed testing and remediation efforts,” Feger said.
The Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) issued “No Further Remediation” letters for every parcel of land that comprised the B-6 site. “These letters mean that there is no further requirement for additional testing or further remediation of the soil on the entire site,” Feger said.
MCS Burbank, LLC, which operates all food concessions at the Airport, recently completed a nearly half million dollar terminal concessions refurbishment in order to offer a greater variety of food and beverages to Airport passengers. The refurbishments include Peet’s Coffee and Tea facilities in both terminals, and a Fresco Market Place in Terminal A.
The Fresco Market Place, located across from Gate A3, features a wood-burning oven, an authentic Mexican taqueria, a create-your-own-salad station, and a made-to-order sushi counter with freshly prepared Bento boxes. New menu items include fresh wood-fire deli sandwiches, baked breakfast croissants, pesto wood-fire paninis, and carne asada. Passengers with dietary restrictions, such as gluten sensitivities, can enjoy the Spanish quinoa taqueria bowls. Vegetarians can avail themselves of the large salad offerings in addition to veggie tacos, calzones, and pizzas.
“We want our customers to find something that makes them feel good about the choices they make and not feel they have to settle,” said Steve Mora, executive vice president of MCS Burbank.
The Airport and the City of Burbank will host a community workshop on Thursday, March 6, to discuss the Airport Area Ground Transportation and Land Use Study. This workshop follows up on the workshop held in June 2013 and will allow the public to review preliminary ideas on transportation improvements and land use options in the 540-acre airport study area. Complete information about the workshop, including time, location, and directions, is available on the Airport website and at linkBurbank.com.
Burbank Bob Hope Airport’s passenger numbers declined by 5.23% in 2013. Through December of last year, the Airport had 3,884,092 total passengers, down from 4,056,416 passengers in 2012.
College basketball fans: enter the Airport’s sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for two to the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas. The prize package includes round-trip airfare with Burbank Bob Hope as the origination, a hotel stay, a dinner for two, and tickets to the tournament. Enter now—the sweepstakes ends at 8 a.m. PDT on February 28!
Want to earn more airline miles or hotel points? Then don’t forget to enroll in the Thanks Again Rewards Program! Through the program, Burbank Bob Hope Airport is offering free airline miles and hotel points to travelers who park, dine, and shop at the Airport. To learn more information and to start earning your rewards, enroll your credit and/or debit cards at the Thanks Again at BUR website.
The SKIES OF FREEDOM Commemorative Brick Program will add additional engraving options for the 8” x 8” bricks in the coming weeks, including the Airport terminal tower, the Airport Police and Fire Department seals, and a veteran’s ribbon. Existing engraving options include nine images of Lockheed aircraft. Bricks are available in two sizes (4” x 8” and 8” x 8”) and two colors (Regimental Red and Landmark Gray). Keepsake replica bricks and custom-etched display cases are also available at additional cost. For more information about the program or to place an order, visit skiesoffreedom.com.