FAA Calls Proposed Phoenix High-Rise Air Safety Hazard

Phoenix has approved the project, but the Federal Aviation Administration wrote a Jan. 8 letter to W Hotel that found the building was a "presumed hazard."

Cavazos said he'll have his first meeting with the developer today to address the FAA's findings.

Tempe and Phoenix have sparred over Sky Harbor for years, largely because of noise in north Tempe.

The problems, coupled with recent building height disputes, underscore the need for regional reliever airports, Hallman said.

Other airports would ease noise problems and make it easier for the downtowns to develop without undermining safety, Hallman said.

"The airport is here to serve our communities, not the other way around," Hallman said.


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