Sale, leases proposed for tracts of Tulsa airport land
BY D.R. STEWART World Staff Writer
Saturday, April 14, 2012
4/14/12 at 5:11 AM
As part of its efforts to increase non-aeronautical revenue at Tulsa International Airport, the Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust is proposing to sell one parcel of land and lease two others at the 4,700-acre airport, officials said.
The three parcels are in the northeast quadrant of the airport and do not have runway access, airport executives said.
TAIT is proposing to sell a triangular 1.58-acre parcel of land north of Danny's Auto Parts & Salvage, 9101 E. 46th St. N., to Danny's owner, Dale Pittman, airport officials said.
Pittman could not be reached for comment.
Jeff Hough, deputy airports director of engineering and facilities, said the land is vacant and was part of a larger acreage acquired 50 years ago for airport use.
Federal Aviation Administration regulations require TAIT to publish a notice of the proposed sale in the Federal Register.
The sale notice was published in the Federal Register on March 22.
"The purpose of this release is to allow the Tulsa Airport Authority (TAIT's airport operating entity) to sell the subject land that no longer serves any aeronautical purpose to the airport to Danny's Auto Salvage for use as an automobile salvage yard," the Federal Register notice says.
The notice invites public comment on the proposed sale until April 30.
Comments may be mailed to the FAA to: Mr. Edward Agnew, Manager, Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest Region, Airports Division, AR/OK Airports District Office, 2601 Meacham Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas 76137.
In addition, the Federal Register notice says, one copy of comments submitted to the FAA must be mailed or delivered to Mr. Jeff Hough, Deputy Airports Director, Tulsa International Airport, P.O. Box 581838, Tulsa, Okla. 74158.
Just east of the 1.58-acre parcel TAIT proposes to sell to Danny's Auto Parts & Salvage, is a 10-acre parcel TAIT is proposing to lease to the Oklahoma Air National Guard, Hough said.
The 10-acre parcel's only road access is 46th Street North, also known as Port Road. It has no runway or taxiway access, Hough said.
A 66-acre parcel south of East 36th Street North along the west frontage of U.S. 169 also is being proposed for lease by TAIT.
On Thursday, TAIT approved a $25,000 engineering services contract with Meshek and Associates, P.L.C., of Tulsa, which will evaluate flood plain and stormwater issues at the 66-acre site.
Hough said the majority of the 66 acres is within the 100-year flood plain of Mingo Creek.
"We want to know how much we can modify the flood plain and stay within the appropriate (City of Tulsa) flood plain regulations," Hough said. "We don't want to do anything that would create additional flooding on somebody else."
The land could be leased for industrial, commercial or retail developments, but TAIT officials believe its frontage on U.S. 169 makes it most valuable for commercial or retail space.
"This land doesn't have an aviation use," Hough said.
"We want it to be a long-time revenue source for the airport. It's all about realizing non-aeronautical revenue."
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