Sept. 20--The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority revealed its plan for a new 14-gate terminal this week.
In a pair of meetings held Monday morning and evening, airport officials presented their vision for a new, larger terminal, meant to replace the airport's current 83-year-old building.
"We are being totally transparent with you saying it's going to be a bigger building," Authority Commissioner Susan Georgino told attendees at the Monday night meeting.
That space would be used to add features such as disability accessibility, more restrooms, more waiting areas, expanded security screening facilities and better baggage claims.
Airport officials say a new terminal is needed because the current building is too close to the runways -- 250 feet instead of the required 750 feet -- to meet Federal Aviation Administration safety standards.
The proposed terminal would keep the same number of gates, but would lose the "L" shape of the current building in favor of a symmetrically configured rectangularly shaped terminal.
The new terminal would be placed to the east of the airport's north-south runway, and the old terminal would be demolished, with that space being used to expand the runway taxi areas.
Due to provisions in Measure B, which was approved by Burbank voters in 2000, finalized plans for a new terminal must be approved by residents at the polls.
Burbank resident Mike Nolan said at the Monday evening meeting he thought the Airport Authority should have presented more details on the exact size and location of the proposed terminal.
"I'm disappointed that you're having this meeting now and we can't get definitive answers," he said. "People want to know where new terminal is going to be, what's the footprint."
Airport Executive Director Dan Feger said that more details will be presented at the next study session on the new terminal, to be held on Sept. 26, and will be made plain before the airport starts its environmental review process.
The environmental review is slated to begin at the end of the year, and to be completed in early 2015.
Nolan said the authority needs to provide specific information on the new terminal if it wants to succeed.
"If you listen to my concerns you will work to get credibility from the public, which will be essential for you to pull this off," he said.
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