Thursday, April 14, 2016

Classic Helicopter needs assurance from City before entering into least at Auburn Municipal Airport (S50)

Classic Helicopter is at Boeing Field and would like to move to Auburn Municipal Airport.

To make it happen, owner F. Gregory Baker would like to develop short-term hangar space at the Auburn Airport, that is, bring in a semi-portable building of about 3,000 square feet, which would remain for several years until he and and his team develop a permanent structural addition to the airport, including offices and hangars.

Problem – there's not much hangar space at the airport.

Temporary hangars like the one Classic Helicopter wants to build, which are in use at Boeing Field, cost as much as $60,000 to $70,000, and take six to eight weeks for delivery, and Baker is concerned that he can't afford to put that much money down on a temporary hangar without assurance from the City Council that the City would even approve a lease.

That's why City staff recently asked the City Council to approve a resolution that would give Mayor Nancy Backus authority to negotiate and execute a formal lease agreement that would substantially meet Baker's terms and include key milestones he would have to meet.

"The idea is to keep us all on track and on target for moving toward that permanent situation while we have a temporary lease situation with them," said Kevin Snyder, director of Community Development and Public Works for the City of Auburn.

In addition to flight schools, Classic Helicopter conducts tours, charters and sells its products throughout the Puget Sound region.

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