Authority Votes to Begin E.I.R. on Alternative Terminal

Report Will Address Environmental Impacts of 14-Gate Terminal in Southwest Corner of Airport and Upgrades to Existing Facility

BURBANK, Calif., February 20, 2001 — The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has issued a work order to the San Francisco consulting firm of Environmental Science Associates to undertake an environmental impact report analyzing the impacts of a 250,000 square foot, 14-gate passenger terminal on 41 acres of airport-owned land in the southwest quadrant of the airport’s two intersecting runways.

The scope of work for the report also includes environmental analysis of potential infrastructure upgrades at the airport’s existing 70-year-old terminal, including additional floor space for concourse corridor, restrooms, concessions and baggage handling as well as underground parking.

“This environmental report is neither a commitment to nor an endorsement of actually building this project, but it will have the result in a year or so of putting another option for a terminal in front of the Authority for further consideration,” said Executive Director Dios Marrero.

“It is also a sign that the Authority recognizes it may be in the existing terminal for some time yet, and some improvements may be needed there no matter what choices are made for the long term,” he added.

The alternative terminal parameters are the same as had been proposed by the Authority to the City of Burbank for the former Lockheed B-6 property in the airport’s northeast quadrant.  The two agencies agreed on the size of the terminal but were unable to reach agreement on other terms and conditions, and the B-6 property was required by a legal agreement with Burbank to be listed for sale once a mutually imposed deadline passed last May.

Environmental Science Associates (ESA) will be paid $841,278 for producing the report, which will include all analysis required by the California Environmental Quality Act, as well as appropriate community outreach.

In a separate vote, the Authority also engaged ESA in a $35,080 seven week work order to undertake an initial study of the Authority’s recent proposal to relocate two parking lots to a small portion of the B-6 property in order to improve runway safety at the airport.  The initial study will determine whether subsequent environmental reports are required for the project by the California Environmental Quality Act.