By Scott Miller
Published Nov. 19, 2012
The Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Commission today adopted a land-use plan to add manufacturing, service, hospitality and other developments to some 1,500 acres of land surrounding the terminal.
The plan includes a large tract for light industrial and distribution next to the planned inland port in Greer.
Details on financing infrastructure improvements to make the sites ready for development have not been made. The plan will serve as a guide for recruiting private development.
GSP wants to lease undeveloped land to create a revenue stream that would help maintain competitive operating costs for airlines providing service at the airport, said GSP Executive Director Dave Edwards. The airport hired CDM Smith last year to develop the land-use plan.
Representatives from CDM Smith laid out the groundwork for six land tracts, many of which would be subdivided for multiple users. Appropriate uses, CDM Smith said, include light and heavy manufacturing, mixed-use, retail, hospitality, office, R&D and aviation, such as aircraft maintenance or assembly.
Infrastructure, such as new roads and utility service, would need to be expanded to accommodate development. One tract, for example, would need around $22 million in upgrades, most of which would fund a new aircraft parking apron for freight cargo and could be eligible for grant funding from the Federal Aviation Authority.
On the lower end, a tract may require nearly $6 million in road and other infrastructure upgrades, CDM Smith said.
For the most part, however, roads, utilities, rail and other infrastructure is in place to make additional investment cost-effective and private development attractive, a CDM Smith official said.