Continuing the development of the airport business park, the airport commissioners this week approved the schedule for distributing lots at the park during the next four months. In their Wednesday evening meeting, they also discussed how best to monitor infrastructure development of the park’s buildings.
The commissioners agreed to make seven lots at the business park available for lease over the next four months. Three will be available in October, two in November and two in January.
With increasing numbers of tenants, the commissioners also discussed how to ensure that infrastructure development on business park buildings be monitored. In the past, overseeing such work has been difficult since it is the tenants who pay the cost of bringing electricity and water to their buildings. “This time we want to make sure it goes exactly according to plan,” airport manager William J. Weibrecht said. Going according to plan means meeting standards that have been set for infrastructure developments to the park.
In the revised plan, the assistant manager of the airport Sean Flynn explained, the commissioners would solicit bids and requests for proposals while the contract would be drawn up between the tenant and the contractor. “The concept is that the tenant pays for it, we supervise it,” Mr. Flynn said. The cost of development is subtracted from tenants’ rent. “They’re actually paying against their rent,” Mr. Flynn said.
In other business, the commissioners voted to set up a public advisory team that, over the next year, will help in development of an airport master plan. The team will include members of the general public, the airport manager, aviation tenants, business tenants, airport commissioners and representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration.
The advisory group will create a plan to help the airport ensure it meets future needs. The group will also study how the airport can remain compatible with the Island environment. While the plan will concentrate on the next five years, it will also look ahead to the next 20 years. The study is funded through grants from the Federal Aviation Administration and The Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission.