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Prescott Council to consider airport terminal design contract on Sept. 11

The Prescott City Council will consider a $249,672 contract with Dibble Engineering for a 30 percent design of a terminal at the Prescott Regional Airport at its Tuesday voting session. (Cindy Barks/Courier file)

The Prescott City Council will consider a $249,672 contract with Dibble Engineering for a 30 percent design of a terminal at the Prescott Regional Airport at its Tuesday voting session. (Cindy Barks/Courier file)

After decades of discussing the need for a new airport terminal, the Prescott City Council could take a step toward design of the project this week.

Among the issues the council will consider at its 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, voting session will be a $249,672 contract with Dibble Engineering for 30 percent design of a terminal at the Prescott Regional Airport. The meeting will take place at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St.

The design contract decision comes several months after the council included $450,000 for the terminal design in the 2019 fiscal-year budget.

“Prescott Regional Airport — Ernest A. Love Field is in need of a new airport terminal for a number of reasons,” a city memo states.

The listed reasons include: lack of passenger queuing space, lack of airline operating space, lack of security processing space (preventing integration of new security technology), lack of landside facilities, as well as antiquated and/or undersized utilities.

In addition, portions of the existing 1940s-era terminal are located within current and future protected airspace and airport areas, according to the memo.

Under the contract, Dibble would be asked to initiate a phased approach to the terminal design.

The first phase would involve the 30 percent schematic design, which would be expected to be complete by the end of 2018.

The second phase would involve the final design, plan specifications, quantities, and estimates for the passenger terminal building.

The contract calls for evaluation of a short-term facility of 16,808 square feet, and a long-term facility of 33,093 square feet.

The total cost of design, including phases 1 and 2, is anticipated to be $550,000.

The memo adds that the Federal Aviation Administration has indicated that the design cost will be eligible for reimbursement at the time that the terminal construction is approved.

In other action, the council will:

• Consider annexation and rezoning of land along Willow Creek Road, across from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

The property is currently zoned for residential uses under Yavapai County. The owner, Dr. Hojat Askari, has applied for annexation into Prescott city limits to allow for development of a medical and commercial project.

“The proposal for annexation includes a rezoning to Business General to permit the development of a commercial subdivision with a large focus on medical related commercial uses,” a city memo states.

Askari has proposed donating about 20 acres of the 74-acre property to the city as open space, the memo added. The preserved open land includes the significant granite outcroppings on the east side of the parcel.

• A $25,000 city contribution to the Prescott Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor Center.

The money would come from the city’s bed tax (transient occupancy) revenues. Community Outreach Manager John Heiney said the contribution would go to offset the Chamber’s $50,000 cost of operating the Visitors Center, which is a state-designated Official Visitor Center.

The contract would run for three years.

Follow Cindy Barks on Twitter @Cindy_Barks. Reach her at 928-445-3333, ext. 2034, or cbarks@prescottaz.com.