Morgan's Brain

Nov. 3, 2008 at 1:00am

Narrows Airport: City Asleep at the Yoke?

As reported earlier in the Tacoma Sun, the City of Tacoma has been considering selling its Narrows Airport. In the Sunday TNT, Dan Voelpel digs into the issue and finds the city coming up short of sight.

Interested buyers in the airport have included Bruce McCaw of McCaw cellular (now AT&T Wireless), Jeff Brown, president of Tacoma architectural firm BCRA; Eric LeMay (LeMay garbage-hauling & car museum family). And this was WITHOUT a request for proposals (RFP).

There are too many questions and not enough answers on this transaction. Why is the city so eager to give a piece of property worth several hundred million dollars away to Pierce County? If the airport is being used to buy favor from Pierce County, the citizens of Tacoma should be given a proper explanation.

Dan mentions that in the 1990s there was a "coalition of forward-thinking elected officials and executive leaders who operated with the stated philosophy: 'Think Big. Plan Fast. Act Now.'"

Where are they now?

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by Erik on 11/2/2008 @ 11:57am
Why is the city so eager to give a piece of property worth several hundred million dollars away to Pierce County? If the airport is being used to buy favor from Pierce County,

The airport has been losing millions of dollars a year. Its not within the the city limits but over the bridge. Most people choose Sea-Tac, where the "Tac" is suppored to still mean Tacoma.

With the increased cost fo fuel in the future and likely future losses, I say good riddence.

by morgan on 11/3/2008 @ 9:34am
If it is true that the city has been losing millions of dollars a year, then I would look at the management of the property. Instead of contracting out to the same property management firm, maybe a new direction is needed.

More to the point though is the fact that the market has indicated the value of the property to be much higher than is being sought by the city. And the city only wants to sell to the county. Why?

by NineInchNachos on 11/3/2008 @ 7:04pm
THE CONSPIRACY!!! where is the New Takhoman when you need him?