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    Airport Development:

  • Council Scheduled To Vote -- Quietly -- To Acquire Airport Area Nat'l Guard Site Vacated Paralleling 405 Fwy
  • Along With Adjacent Parcels, Would Accommodate Completing Kilroy Development; Could Mean More Airport Area Office Space, Possibly Hotel

    "Consent calendar" item scheduled for Dec. 17, final Council meeting of 2002

    (December 15, 2002) -- The City Council is being asked to vote -- quietly -- to reacquire control of land currently leased to the state for the Airport area National Guard facility (vacated earlier this year) paralleling the 405 freeway. Along with two other adjacent parcels, this would accommodate completion of the Kilroy Airport development and could mean more airport area office space and possibly another hotel.

    The item on the Dec. 17 Council agenda -- the final meeting of the year and barely a week before Christmas -- was made part of the "consent calendar," a list of usually mundane items not normally inviting individual discussion. They are not separately discussed or voted on unless a member of the public or a Councilmember requests it. A member of the public may do so by coming to the Council chamber before the meeting between 4:45-5:00 p.m. and asking the City Clerk to pull the item for separate discussion and an individual recorded vote.

    A city staff memo to Councilmembers, submitted by Community Development Director Melanie Fallon and Public Works Director Ed Shikada and approved by Acting City Manager Gerry Miller states in part: "Development of this area will complete the Kilroy Airport Center project and may include two or more multi-story office buildings, along with a hotel and surface parking lot on a total of approximately 12.1 acres of land."

    City staff has separately told that City Hall approved the entire Kilroy development project in the 1980s. If plans for a Kilroy area hotel proceed now, it could end up becoming the third hotel in the Airport area, along with the Council-approved expansion of an existing Marriott at Lakewood Blvd. and Spring St., plus another planned hotel nearer the Airport entrance.

    City staff's memo further states:

    In 1965, the City entered into a 50-year lease with the State of California (State) to operate facilities for the California National Guard (CNG) on Long Beach Airport property. For the past 12 years, the City has requested CNG [California National Guard] to vacate this site to allow for further development of the adjoining Kilroy Airport Center (Kilroy). The CNG site has long been identified as a potential area for development in Kilroy's existing leases with the City and Water Department.

    The CNG vacated this site in early 2002 and consolidated its operations in Los Alamitos...

    City staff's memo indicates the CNG parcel will be leased to Kilroy for development in conjunction with two other parcels -- one (about 3.37 acres) immediately west of the CNG site (paralleling the 405 freeway along Kilroy Airport Way) and another (about 4.77 acres) stretching to Spring St.

    The city will pay the state $550,000 from the Airport Enterprise Fund (not the General Fund) to compensate for early termination of the lease. City staff's memo indicates "increased revenue from the Airport's current parking operations is expected to fully offset this expense within six months." posts city staff's memo verbatim in pdf form on the following link (the map is page three). To access the document, click City staff map re Kilroy parcels; map is page three.


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