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March 10, 2014

Council to accept two buildings at airport

GREENVILLE — City officials and L-3 Mission Integration are working together on another project at Majors Field, the City of Greenville Municipal Airport.

The Greenville City Council is scheduled Tuesday to agree to accept both a new building and a remodeled structure at the airport, constructed under a cooperative agreement through the Greenville Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).

The vote is listed under the consent calendar of Tuesday’s regular session agenda, starting at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street. A work session is also set for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Under a standing agreement, L-3 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.

At its August 2013 meeting, the Greenville IDC Board approved the Building 601/606 Project, which is scheduled to be complete by May 29, 2015 at a cost of $3.5 million.

According to a memo to the council from City Attorney Daniel W. Ray, the main building, 601, will be renovated to provide office space and a conference room for presenting information to visitors. The existing air conditioning units will be replaced with more efficient units and the electrical systems will also be renovated. The multi-level tower on the south end of the building will be renovated to improve the flow of materials and provide a better work environment.

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.

The new building will have a secure storage area and garage for the mobile test vehicles. Future space will also be available for an indoor antenna test range when funding is approved at a later date.

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