The terminal boosters have been threatening Burbank voters that if you don’t approve this big new airport expansion over on B-6, the Authority will just build it instead on their current property, and that they’ll be able to do anything they want. So you better vote “Yes” on this Measure B “Agreement” they’ve cooked up or else.
But here’s what the Airport Authority told the FAA about this idea in the original planning document:
“Construction of A Replacement Passenger Terminal On Or Adjacent To The Airport:
Under this alternative, a new passenger terminal would be constructed either on existing airport property or on lands immediately adjacent to the existing airport. This alternative offers four (4) distinct sites for evaluation for a replacement passenger terminal, one in each quadrant of the airport. Preliminary evaluation of the four sites indicated that two of these sites, one in the southwest quardrant along Runway 8/26 and one in the Southeast did not have adequate room to construct a replacement passenger terminal in accordance with FAA minimum design standards. The southwestern site (identified as site “D”) would require the relocation of a major railroad railroad line and right-of-way along with relocation of several busy surface streets. Subsequently, no further evaluation of these was considered. The remaining two potential sites, the northwesterly site (site “A”) and the northeast site (site “B”) continued to have potential for further evaluation into the next level of analysis….”
As we have been pointing out repeatedly here, the S/W Quadrant proposal is untenable. The proof for this is also that, if S/W was a good or feasible idea, a new terminal would already be there.
This excerpt too is interesting:
The existing terminal does not have an adequate number of aircraft gates nor adequate space for hold rooms/baggage claim/ticket counters, etc. to accommodate the current and forecasted number of passengers using the airport in an efficient manner. The proposed replacement passenger terminal project is intended to assist the airport in complying with FAA minimum design and safety standards as defined in FAA Advisory Circular 150/5300-13. The replacement terminal conceptual plan allows for a phased development of the terminal. The first phase would construct a replacement passenger terminal building consisting of approximately 465,000 square feet with 19-aircraft gates to accommodate approximately 2.7 million annual passenger enplanements. The second phase would increase the size of the terminal to a total of 670,000 square feet to accommodate 5.0 million annual passengers using 27 aircraft gates.
Approximately 140 acres of land is proposed for acquisition by the Airport Authority to accommodate construction of a replacement passenger terminal building for the full two phased buildout. This land will also accommodate construction of approximately 12,000 automobile parking spaces using both surface parking and a parking structure.
The FAA and the Airport Authority have discussed the need for a replacement passenger terminal building to meet minimum safety standards since January 1980.