The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

March 24, 2014

Council to accept another airport building

By BRAD KELLAR
Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — L-3 Mission Integration is continuing its expansion at Majors Field, the City of Greenville Municipal Airport.

For the second time this month, the Greenville City Council is scheduled to accept a building being constructed at the airport through an agreement with the Greenville Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). In this case, it is a massive $6.87 million warehouse facility, which will open in about 13 months.

The council intends to vote to accept the building during Tuesday’s regular session, starting at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street. A work session is also scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Under a standing agreement, L-3 Mission Integration constructs a building at the airport, or conducts expansions or renovations to existing structures, and immediately turns the building over to the IDC, which then donates it to the city itself. The defense contractor benefits by not having to pay taxes on the building, while the City of Greenville gains by acquiring significant improvements at no cost.

According to a memo from City Daniel Ray, in February the IDC board  approved construction of the L-3 South End Warehouse Project,  a 206,000 square foot tilt wall panel building that will be used to store bulk material and which also includes a mezzanine and racking system. In addition to bulk storage, the layout will include two offices, a common area, break room, and restroom facilities. Completion is estimated by April 30, 2015, with cost of  $6,874,857.

Two weeks ago, the council voted to accept the Building 601/606 Project, which is scheduled to be complete by May 29, 2015 at a cost of $3.5 million. Building 601 will be renovated to provide office space and a conference room for presenting information to visitors.  Building 606 will be a new 12,000 square foot steel frame and metal covered building built to provide a shipping/receiving depot for the equipment and materials brought into L-3’s Multi-Sensor Test Facility (MSTF), along with paving and drainage improvements around the buildings.