Texas Company Gets Three Decade Lease for Hangars at Cavern City Air Terminal

Dec. 11, 2020

A Texas company was awarded a long-term lease to construct a hangar and an access road at the Cavern City Air Terminal south of Carlsbad.

Tuesday night, Carlsbad City Councilors approved a 30-year agreement with BMB Equipment Holding. The City of Carlsbad and the company signed a five-year agreement in 2014 for two hangars, according to a City Council document.

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The lease agreement between BMB and the City of Carlsbad expired in December of last year, the document indicated.

“They would like to continue that lease and increase their footprint for some additional ground space and put in an access road to their property,” said City Administrator John Lowe.

Lowe said the new lease would start Feb. 1, 2021 and BMB would pay the City $1,068 a month or $12,816 a year.

The rent would then increase by three percent after every three years, per a City Council memo.

According to the agreement, BMB would lease approximately 125,000 square feet adjacent to the Air Terminal’s ramp for placement of one or more aviation hangars and approximately 3,159 square feet of road from Access Drive through the terminal’s exterior fence to the hangar site.

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“The lease approval is simply the process we follow whenever someone rents private hangar space,” said Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway.

While the Cavern City Air Terminal awaits BMB’s impending work, other work has been taking place at the airport said Community Development Director Ted Cordova in a report to councilors.

He said the City of Carlsbad waits for the finalization of the Taxiway C relocation and crews are scraping the edge of Taxiway B to alleviate depressions and rises in the surface, per Federal Aviation Administration rules.

“The full‐strength surfaces must have no holes or depressions that exceed three inches in depth and are of a breadth capable of impairing directional control or causing damage to an aircraft,” Cordova wrote in his report.

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He added that Constructors Inc of Carlsbad finished a hard-stand aircraft parking place. Cordova said the material needs to harden and then heavy aircraft will be able to park on it.

Cordova also noted in his report that Bixby Electric from Albuquerque has been working some new lighting on a section of runway at the Cavern City Air Terminal.

“Taxiways C and B are ongoing FAA grants nearing completion and the new lighting project is also nearing completion. We’re always pleased to make improvements to our airport, as they make our community more industry friendly and bring economic growth to this region,” Janway said.

Zone changes approved

Councilors on Tuesday night approved a zone change for a 0.228 acre of property at 1708 West Center Street.

Dave Anderson of Noah Homes was asking for the property to be rezoned from Residential 1 District (R-1) to Residential 2 District (R-2).

The Residential 1 District is intended to accommodate moderate density single-family residential development and to provide land-use protection for areas that develop in such a manner. There shall be a maximum of one primary residence per lot for R-1 Residential District Zoning, per City of Carlsbad records.

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The Residential 2 District is intended to accommodate higher density single-family, duplex, multiple-family, and mobile home parks and subdivisions and to provide land-use protection for areas that develop in a similar manner, read City of Carlsbad records.

“The applicant brought this request before the Planning and Zoning Commission Nov. 2 and the commission voted to recommend that request,” said Jeff Patterson, planning director.

Ward 1 City Councilor Edward Rodriguez made the motion for councilors to approve the rezoning.

“I think new construction in that area would be beneficial,” he said. The vote was unanimous.

Mike Smith can be reached at 575-628-5546 or by email at [email protected] or @ArgusMichae on Twitter.

This article originally appeared on Carlsbad Current-Argus: Texas company gets three decade lease for hangars at Cavern City Air Terminal


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