published Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Airport agency eyes selling Hardwick Field

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — With about 18 months left before the new airport opens, the Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority is planning how best to sell Hardwick Field, the city’s current airport.

The authority on Friday asked for representatives of the Arcadis engineering and consulting firm to submit a proposal on how they can help with technical details.

Those details range from available utilities to zoning, said Terry Reynolds, Arcadis senior planner.

He said Arcadis, recommended by the Chamber of Commerce, has a long relationship with Cleveland, including Cleveland Utilities.

The authority is trying to get the best price it can for the 105-acre Hardwick Field, Chairwoman Lynn DeVault said. The proceeds will go toward the local costs for the new airport.

The authority plans to invite major local commercial real estate brokers to take part in a committee that will include a property appraiser and Arcadis to develop the sale of the property, officials said.

Unknown for now, DeVault said, is whether Hardwick Field might be sold as one or several sites, including a possible city school site; what its other uses might be, from light industrial to residential; and how the sale will be conducted.

Reynolds said any final decisions likely will have to meet Federal Aviation Administration approval.

Meanwhile, mitigation planning continues to replace a wetland at the new site on Freewill Road, the location of the former Rolling Hills Golf Course. City stormwater manager Jonathan Jobe said neighborhood meetings are planned with residents Wednesday and Thursday.

The Tennessee Aeronautics Commission has awarded consulting firm PDC a $550,000 grant for Phase 3 at the new site, the final stage in infrastructure development, DeVault said.

about Randall Higgins...

Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...

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