News Article | 5/25/2004

Hillwood Plans Cargo Facility

San Bernardino County Sun05/25/04

HILLWOOD PLANS CARGO FACILITY Developer seeks option from SBIA board

By JIM STEINBERGBusiness Editor SAN BERNARDINO – The master developer for much of San Bernardino International Airport anticipates building a 240,000-square-foot air cargo facility near the current airport terminal.Hillwood Investments anticipates that the new facility would be constructed on 35 acres of land and be capable of handling upward of 10 air cargo flights per day. Vehicular access points to streets and freeway routes would be required and the demolition of two structures must be undertaken, according to a report by the airport staff released Monday.The majority of the approximately 35 acres considered for this project is located on the tarmac area north of the terminal building and south of the United States Fire Service facility south of Third Street, the report said. During a regularly scheduled meeting of the airport board on Wednesday, Hillwood will seek an option in the form of an exclusive negotiating letter agreement for the 35 acre parcel.Staff recommends that the SBIA authority approve the option agreement. John Magness, Hillwood senior vice president, could not be reached for comment, nor could Don Rogers, interim executive director of the airport and its sister agency, the Inland Valley Development Agency. Separately, the IVDA board will be asked by staff on Wednesday to approve a purchase order with GKK Corp. for an amount not to exceed $16,250 to review Pep Boys’ plans to develop a major warehouse at SBIA. Philadelphia-based Pep Boys plans to ultimately build a 1.2‚million-square-foot distribution center on the west side of Tippecanoe Avenue, with boundary on Mill Street to the south and Timber Creek to the north.The first phase, a 600,240-square-foot building with adjacent truck dock parking, will be built on the northern part of the property. The airport board will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers at Loma Linda City Hall. The IVDA meeting will start after the airport meeting is concluded.