Approval of Joint Use Runway at Hill AFB Expected to Boost Economic Development

Officials in Layton, Utah, believe a newly approved 90-acre project area with access to the runway at Hill Air Force Base will attract development to a business park being created under an enhanced use lease (EUL).

The project area available for shared use is located on the east side of the runway. It was approved Tuesday by the state Military Installation Development Authority, reported the Standard-Examiner. Last year, the city and the Air Force entered into a partnership to market the parcel to industry; 50 acres of the area will be available for the EUL on the east side of the base, which is near the city’s East Gate Business Park.

The city will be able to offer companies access to 5,000 operations on the runway a year, according to Kent Andersen, Layton’s deputy director of economic development. The city will be able to offer 180,000 square feet of hangar space and can accommodate any firm requiring large or heavy aircraft operations.

Any specific use of the project area is subject to approval by the Air Force. In addition, the area needs about $85 million in upgrades for a hangar, aprons, approaches to the runway and off-site utility improvements. The city hopes prospective tenants are willing to share some of that cost.

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