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Hearing Feb. 11 on Calexico airport

January 29, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The city Planning Commission here set a Feb. 11 public hearing for the Calexico Airport 20-year master plan.

Planning Director Ricardo Hinojosa told the commissioners during Monday's meeting, "You have two weeks to study this."

"This" is the thick 20-year master plan study by P&D Aviation of Orange.

Calexico Airport Manager Luis Estrada used a Federal Aviation Administration grant to pay P&D two years ago.

The plan the company's engineers came up with calls for $22 million in improvements including new hangars, commercial space for tenants across from a new terminal, an extension of Kloke Road across the New River and a rerouted Anza Road. The rerouting of Anza Road is slated for the first phase of improvements.

According to P&D, the airport should buy plots of land south of the existing terminal and reroute Anza Road, straightening the northern curve near the existing terminal and restaurant.

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P&D suggested the airport should build a new terminal where the road used to be.

Hinojosa said the Planning Commission is the lead agency for the airport's plan.

At the public hearing, the commission has to decide whether P&D has properly accounted for all environmental impacts of the proposed improvements.

On Feb. 11, a representative from P&D will appear before the commission to answer questions. If there are landowners or Calexico residents opposed to any facet of the proposed plan, they will be asked to appear at the hearing as well.

Commissioner Armando Zuniga asked about the timing of the improvements in the plan.

Hinojosa said, "That's something they have to address; same thing with funding. It should be interesting."

If the Planning Commission approves P&D's plan, the inch-and-a-half thick document will be sent to all affected agencies, including federal, state and local.

Those agencies will make comments that will be disseminated by the commission at a later hearing.

In other business during Monday's meeting, commissioner Jerry Grijalva asked, "What's going on with the old Fed-Mart location?"

Hinojosa said developers have not yet delivered the blueprints for a proposed Food 4 Less and adjoining shopping mall at the site.

Commissioner Arturo Selwick asked about "Bravo/Rodiles."

Hinojosa said on Feb. 5 the City Council will approve or modify the development plans of F.S. Bravo Partners and the Rodiles Family. The partners and the family own more than 200 acres near the intersection of Bowker and Cole roads.

The Bravo partners have proposed building new homes, an industrial park and a mobile home/RV park on their three plots of land. The Rodiles family wants to build homes, a gas station at the corner of Bowker and Cole and apartments next to the gas station.

The Planning Commission recommended not allowing the Bravo partners to build the mobile home/RV park and the industrial park.

The City Council will decide whether to follow the recommendations of the Planning Commission, allow the Bravo Partners to build their projects as they see fit or require the partners to build one or both parks according to strict guidelines.

>> Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or claverie7@hotmail.com

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