Mesa officials laid out a blueprint Thursday for luring business activity to Falcon Field Municipal Airport — with the makeover already under construction.
Corinne Nystrom, airport director since August, told the City Council she has been taking steps to turn the recommendations of an employment center study into reality.
These include hiring one of the Valley’s top real estate firms, Grubb and Ellis, to market 92 acres of land for development.
"You just don’t see it, but we’re doing it at Falcon Field," she said, adding the approach is taking off, with contact being made with 50 businesses interested in moving into the airport.
Nystrom said one hangar left behind when the Champlin Fighter Aircraft Museum departed this year has been leased, and the airport is close to securing a tenant for the rest of that space.
Airport leases have been revised to allow for longer terms, which make it easier for tenants to get bank financing. A lease study will help the city get a fair price for future leases, Nystrom said.
The leases for the airport’s nearly 500 covers for small aircraft will be redone next. Nystrom also hopes to attract private investors willing to build more, as the waiting list for covers is 200 names long.
The city is applying for Federal Aviation Administration funds to extend a taxiway on the east side, to make more land available for development.