Thursday, October 5, 2006
Airport gets more land
By David Avila
The Highland (CA) Community News
Two parcels of land previously owned by the U.S. Air Force were finally turned over to the San Bernardino International Airport Authority and Inland Valley Development Agency on Wednesday Sept. 27. A 109-acre parcel in the western end of the runway and another 26-acre sliver on the eastern end were finally acquired from the Air Force after years of bureaucratic red tape by the SBIAA and the IVDA. The Air Force signed over a quitclaim deed to the SBIAA in the eastern end of the runway where a landfill existed for many years.
“This is almost a done deal for the airport,” said Jim Worley, an airport specialist hired by the airport to deal with the negotiations. “But it has some environmental issues.”
Worley said the deed carries a covenant with the state of California that still needs to be signed.
“It’s something the state felt it needed,” Worley said.
After the covenant is signed, it goes to an escrow account for 30 days before it is recorded. Then once it clears it will be filled in.
“The state is holding it up,” Worley.