News Article | 5/26/2004

SBIA Talks On Cargo Win Ok

San Bernardino County Sun05/26/04

SBIA TALKS ON CARGO WIN OK Board approves Hillwood option

By JIM STEINBERGBusiness Editor SAN BERNARDINO – Airport board officials approved an agreement Wednesday allowing a Texas-based company time to put together a deal to bring air cargo traffic to the airport. Hillwood Investments, master developer for much of the property around San Bernardino International Arport, was seeking an option agreement in the form of an exclusive right to negotiate for 35 acres near the airport’s terminal where a 240,000-square-foot cargo facility might be built. The option approved by the board would expire Oct. 1. The facility Hillwood is seeking to develop would have the capacity to handle upward of 10 air cargo flights per day, according to a staff report on Hillwood’s request. John Magness, Hillwood senior vice president, could not be reached for comment Thursday. The majority of the 35 acres contemplated for the project is located on the tarmac area north of the Terminal Building and south of the U.S. Forest Service facility south of Third Street, according to the staff report. For the cargo facility to become a reality, vehicular access points to the street systems and freeway routes would be required as would the demolition of two structures. Separately, the Inland Valley Development Agency board approved 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 build a 1.2‚million-square-foot distribution center on the west side of Tippecanoe Avenue, with a boundary on Mill Street to the south and Timber Creek of the north. Both the IVDA and airport boards met Wednesday afternoon at Loma Linda City Hall.