formerly owned by Lockheed Martin Corp. Their application is on file in
But airport officials are hedging their bets.
On Monday, the authority unveiled a 14-gate, 250,000-square-foot
terminal that would be built in the airport's southwestern quadrant, now
occupied by several private operators. It's not the most desirable
location, authority spokesman Victor Gill admitted.
"We're not saying this is a wonderful choice," Gill said. "This is
From a field of three finalists, airport officials on Monday picked
consultant Environmental Science Associates to analyze the proposal. The
airport still must negotiate a contract with the firm.
The airport would not be required to get Burbank's approval via the
Public Utilities Code to build the alternative terminal, officials said.
The land under consideration for the terminal already is zoned for
It's unclear whether the alternative proposal, if it moves forward,
would require ratification by Burbank voters, who approved Measure B on
Nov. 7. The measure requires the city to seek public approval of any
terminal deal with the airport.
City Manager Bud Ovrom, who said he hadn't seen the proposal, said it
was an end run around the city approval process.
"They're looking for a way to cut the city out of the process," Ovrom
said. "But that's going to be hard to do. We're in this for the long
The authority's governing board, made up of nine commissioners from
the three cities, approved selection of the consultant with a 7-0 vote.
Airport commissioners Phil Berlin and Ingolf Klengler, both of Burbank,
Berlin, contacted Monday afternoon, said the airport should focus its
efforts on examining the traffic, noise and other environmental effects
of the current terminal proposal, which pinpoints Lockheed's former Plant
B-6 for construction. City officials have indicated the airport could be
required to perform additional environmental review.
Berlin, who said the airport is relying on a 12-year-old environmental
impact report, said the selection of the consultant wasn't thoroughly
"It really could have waited," Berlin said. "They need to update stale
environmental information on the B-6 proposal."
The current proposal could fall by the wayside if the airport sells
the B-6 land. Airport officials will begin marketing the land in January,
something they agreed to in an August 1999 escrow deal with Burbank.
So far, the airport and city have been unable to pin down a compromise
position that would allow the terminal to be built.
The alternative proposal shouldn't even be considered, Burbank Airport
Commissioner Charles Lombardo said.
"We're not going to build anything on an alternative site," Lombardo
said. "It's such a game, wasting time and money."