Calling it the most unique opportunity in the area since the developments of the Long Beach Airport (LGB) Business Park and Kilroy Airport Center in the 1980s and early 1990s, Long Beach officials this week released a request for proposals for 31 acres of land for development for aeronautical purposes at the city’s airport.
The land, which consists of five parcels on the west side of the airport, east of Cherry Avenue where Wardlow Road terminates at the airfield boundary, is located near about 90 acres the Boeing Company owns and that had been used for manufacturing of the aerospace company’s C-17 Globemaster III military aircraft.
The parcels range in size from 128,000 to 487,000 square feet, and potential developers may submit proposals for any or all of the parcels, according to city officials.
However, the request for proposals stipulates that development of the site should be for aviation-related purposes that are complimentary and respectful of the adjacent existing businesses.
In an emailed response to the Signal Tribune, 5th District Long Beach Councilmember Stacy Mungo, whose area encompasses the airport, expressed enthusiasm for the possible new developments.
“We are excited to see the proposals for the 31 acres of airport property,” Mungo said. “By releasing this land for development, we look forward to bringing more jobs and economic stimulation to our community.”
According to wording in the request for proposals, potential developers should be “qualified entities addressing an approach to development of the site consistent with the goals and objectives of the airport and its users.” Respondents must demonstrate superior experience, financial strength and organizational resources to develop the site with a project appropriate to the airport’s business environment, the request states.
“The availability of such a large area of airport-adjacent property presents a huge opportunity for additional aeronautical development at LGB,” said Juan Lopez-Rios, Long Beach Airport deputy director, in a city press release. “We anticipate interest from both existing tenants and outside parties that will encourage the revitalization of the west side of the airport.”
The airport is not currently seeking proposals for additional fixed-base operators. Portions of the site are located outside of LGB’s existing airfield perimeter fence, which can be modified if proposed development requires direct airfield access, according to the request for proposals.
Officials will conduct a site walk for developers on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 9am at 2750 E. Wardlow Rd. However, the purpose of the walk is for viewing only, and no questions will be answered.
Proposal submissions are due by 11am on Wednesday, Nov. 1. More information and instructions for submitting proposals for the project– which is Number AP17-128– are available at planetbids.com/portal/portal.cfm?CompanyID=15810#. Planetbids can also be reached at 818-992-1771.
“Long Beach Airport has been an important hub of economic activity for the city since its inception almost a hundred years ago,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We are looking forward to positive proposals to create more jobs that strengthen the local economy.”