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DEC 2018-JAN 2019

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, San Antonio is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, adding about 60 people per day. With that growth comes continued economic development, which means Gallo doesn’t have too much space available to meet the current demands at SAT. “One of the things we haven’t had in a while that we get inundated with calls about is what kinds of hangar facilities do you have available and what kind of land developments do you have available,” Gallo said. “For many years we really haven’t had anything available because we’ve been completely full.” SAT is finally getting some more space to meet demand as it’s working with Western LLC to develop the former Hawker Beechcraft facility at the airport into a new development complete with seven hangars. The $25 million project involves demolition of the old Hawker Beechcraft facility on nine acres of land and building seven hangars, which range from 12,000 square feet to more than 15,000 square feet. Each unit includes 28-foot doors and some will have attached offices. Western is designing, building and financing the project and will lease the facilities back to corporate clients. The facilities should be completed within 12 months and all of the units are already reserved. Gallo said the units will be leased by tenants subleasing at SAT to grow their operations. “It’s in a location that’s very close to the approach end of our primary runway,” he said. “We have a lot of corporate users along that side of the airport, so from a location standpoint, you really can’t beat it.” The site has been vacant for a while, but Gallo said it was due to the size of the old facility. “One of them was an old paint hangar and the other is a larger hangar, but it had 20,000 square feet of office space,” he said. “When you try and put a square peg in a round hole, for a lot of businesses that didn’t fit their need. Brad Henderson, managing member for Western LLC, said San Antonio approached the company about how to utilize the former Hawker Beechcraft site and after talking with end-users, they realized it would need to be a build-to-suit development. “We just started marketing it, put it out there, started meeting with folks and what their needs were,” he said. “Everyone came back with the size of hangars they needed and some with attached offices. “One of the biggest needs was for 28-foot Fontainebleau Aviation's new FBO is geared towards a high-end customer experience for travelers at Opa-Lacka Executive Airport. Fontainebleau Aviation

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