Wasn't the airport there first?Originally Posted by dfma
I read the following and am concerned about the potential impact on the neighborhood around the airport. Does anyone have any details about the expansion? Thanks.
The Federal Aviation Administration has approved funding for the extension of the main runway from 9,600 feet to 13,000 feet. The two-phased project will allow fully loaded and fully fueled aircraft to fly nonstop to the most remote airports in Europe and Asia from AllianceTexas. The runway extension will further add to the unparalleled transportation access provided within the AllianceTexas development.
Wasn't the airport there first?Originally Posted by dfma
"And we will probably be judged not by the monuments we build but by those we have destroyed."-"Farewell to Penn Station," New York Times Editorial, October 30, 1963
What neighborhood around the airport? I guess you don't know where Alliance is or you've just never seen it in person. It sits right off 35W in the middle of the Alliance Business Park. The closest "neighborhood" to it are the masses at the new Cabela's.
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Welcome to the forum, dfma.Originally Posted by dfma
I'd agree with Geaux T that airport's neighbors wont have a problem with a bigger Alliance Airport, most of the airport's neighbors are there because of the airport. There's probably not any people still living so close to the airport that more and bigger planes would bother them - the farmers and ranchers sold and moved years ago.
The longer runways allowing deeper reach into Asian and European markets will bring more business to the neighborhood. BNSF, based in Fort Worth, has a solid relationship with China's biggest exporters based upon trade through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. BNSF has already announced expansion to Logistics Park—AllianceTexas® which seems associated to the runway extention to 11,000 feet:
"A portion of the 1,671 acres also will be adjacent to Fort Worth Alliance Airport after the extension of the runways to 11,000 feet is completed. Dirt work is currently underway for the project. This will allow AllianceTexas to offer even larger development sites with airport access."
Seems like the folks at DFW airport may start barking about agreements between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth similar to the destination restrictions the Wright Amendment places on Love Field passengers. The improved Allinace facility will increase the direct competition between Alliance and DFW airports for cargo transactions coming out of China. The cities of Dallas and Fort Worth agreed that DFW will be the only Metroplex airport engaging in long haul service.
Nevertheless, having two state of the art airports in the Metroplex to accommodate state of the art cargo planes is a great thing.
I don't think they are going to get planes any bigger than already fly into the airport. FedEx flies DC-10s and MD-11s in there, American uses it as their maintenance base and constantly flies Boeing 777s in there. The only thing a longer runway will do is let the planes takeoff at their max takeoff weight. Probably won't be any louder as the engine settings for a lighter plane on 9,000 feet of runway and a heavy plane on 13,000 feet of runway are about the same...
Unless FedEx decides to start flying their new A-380s out of Alliance. Wouldn't that be cool? Don't worry, though, the A-380 is huge but it's probably quieter than the MD-11s FedEx had been using.
Technically, you could point out that the towns of Haslet and Justin were there before the airport, but they're not complainin'. Nearby Roanoke was going through some small-town growing pains when I worked at AFW 10 years ago, but I suspect they've acclimated to their new role as Just Another Suburb (lock your doors at night and you'll be fine).
Besides, there's almost nothing the airport could do that would top the disruptions caused several times a year by the Texas Motor Speedway, just a couple of miles to the north.
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I wonder why DFW doesn't have a website about this expansion--seems to be a violation of the Wright Amendment--and it (according to their propoganda) will weaken the "economic engine of north Texas".
The Wright Amendment only pertains to commercial flights out of Love Field.Originally Posted by St-T
BTW, I wouldn't underestimate the importance of DFW on our local economy. There are plenty of corporations that base their relocation decisions on the fact that DFW is one of the world's busiest airports.
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^Imaging how much busier it would be if competition were actually allwowed to happen in North Texas.
Originally Posted by Geaux Tigers
The Wright Amendment is a direct result of the orginal bond agreements between Dallas and fw.
I'm all for it! Open up Love, open up DFW, and let the free market games begin! I'd love to see another carrier come into DFW and set up a hub like United does at O'Scare. Unfortunetaly, that isn't going to happen in this market with another carrier (unless Southwest does it).
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^Cool, first time I have ever seen somebody else refer to O'Hare as O'Scare.
I wish Virgin America would add DFW flights!
No one bases their decision on the volume amount. In fact a lower volume would be better because flights would be quicker. They base their decision on proximity to the airport for buisiness flights. See Las Colinas.Originally Posted by Geaux Tigers
Originally Posted by Geaux TigersPerhaps you mean that it is a violation of 1968 Regional Airport Concurrent Bond Ordinance, which obligated the cities to jointly support DFW and to avoid engaging in any competitive activities.
<OL><LI>Here's an excerpt from an article about cargo from the Fort Worth Star Telegram:
<i>D/FW's friendly competitor
Alliance Airport has also seen growth over the past few years.
Cargo has grown 30 percent during the first 10 months of 2005 over the same period last year. The 15-year-old airport is headed for its second-best cargo year, sending and receiving 211,000 metric tons in 2005.
The largest share of cargo comes through FedEx, which opened a hub at Alliance in 1997.
Alliance is poised to attract more cargo carriers, after opening a 99,000-square-foot storage facility right on the apron. The warehouse was built in hopes of attracting new cargo service to Alliance. So far none has signed on since the building opened in April.
But Hillwood, which built the warehouse and develops the land around the airport, has talked with two carriers who are "seriously interested" in coming to Alliance, said Tom Harris, senior vice president of Hillwood.
Alliance usually competes with D/FW for cargo carriers, but Harris said it's a healthy competition that he doesn't mind facing.</i>
Apparently DFW doesn't mind the "healthy competition" with Alliance, either. They just don't want to compete with Love Field when it comes to long-haul passenger service.
<LI>We just had several articles recently reporting on Love Field's low landing fees and how that wasn't fair to the airlines who operate at DFW. They''re charged $4.34 per 1000 pounds whereas Love Field only charges $0.35 per 1000 pounds.
If Love Field does decide to raise their landing fees, I don't think they should be any more than Alliance's which, according to this article is $1.15 per 1000 pounds.
Thanks for the input. There are a bunch of new subdivisions poping up along 35W between 170 and Keller Hicks. e.g. At the subdivision at 170 and Alta Vista you hear the planes constantly and sometime they fly right above the houses. The current noise level is tolerable, but if it gets worse, I don't know. We're thinking of buying houses in that area because of the freeway access and coming retail, but the airport expansion issue has us concern. Won't the longer runway affect the communities to the south?
It seems almost inevitable that over time more trains and planes will move through the area.
We went to the airport today and Aviation people said the runway is extending to the north. Also, after taking off, the planes are required to go all the way to 820 before turning left. Obviously, the planes flying over the houses around Keller Hicks are exceptions (hopefully not too many). The Aviation receives many calls from the neighbors complaining about the noise, esp. when military jets fly. We also perused the FAA noise and compatibility study of 1994 at the central library (the update will become public in Jan). We feel the noise issue is adequately regulated.
Led by FedEx cargo, FW airport handled 250,000 metric tons in 2006
Dallas Business Journal - January 26, 2007by Holli L. EstridgeStaff Writer
With the start of FedEx Express flights to Asia in September 2006, Fort Worth Alliance Airport saw a record increase in air cargo handled last year.
More than 250,000 metric tons of cargo passed through the industrial airport, where FedEx (NYSE: FDX) is the only scheduled shipment service provider -- an 8,000-metric-ton increase over the previous year.
Tom Harris, senior vice president of Hillwood Properties, said some of the increase came from more charter air cargo flights. But FedEx's addition of linking flight service to nine Asia locations in September had the largest impact on air cargo traffic.
Hillwood is developer of the city-owned airport and surrounding area.
FedEx currently flies containers from Alliance Airport to its gateway in Anchorage, Alaska, where it transfers the containers to flights bound for various destinations throughout China and the Pacific Rim. Packages coming in from China also connect through Anchorage.
"The service really helps us to promote the airport to other freight air cargo service providers," Harris said. "It's a great example of the kind of activity generated here."
FedEx has continued to expand its express air cargo services in Asia and China since the company entered the market in 1984. The company launched the industry's first next-day scheduled delivery service to major Asian and North American cities in 2000. In 2003, FedEx established the first direct-flight service from southern China to North America, providing next-day delivery between the two countries.
Global trade advantages
U.S.-China trade increased in value from $121.5 billion in 2001 to $260.6 billion in 2005, according to the U.S.-China Business Council.
Alliance Airport's ongoing runway extension project could bring even more international cargo traffic to Alliance, when it's completed in the next two to three years.
The $132.7 million extension project (in 2001 dollars), which involves relocating State Highway 156 and a Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail line, will extend the Alliance runway from 9,600 to 11,000 feet.
The city of Fort Worth and the other partners in the project have $60 million of the project funded through Federal Aviation Administration dollars and legislative earmarks. Ward said they will continue to look for other sources to fund the remainder of the project.
"With the extension, a fully loaded jumbo jet ... could take off on a hot day, fully loaded with fuel to go anywhere unrestricted -- to any corner of the earth," said David Berzina, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce executive vice president of economic development. Currently, because of the runway length, cargo planes like those used by FedEx cannot fly direct to Asia without stopping to refuel.
Berzina said the extension will position Dallas-Fort Worth to keep up with the advantages of global trade and the newest generations of aircraft.
"China is not going away as a trading partner," Berzina said. "Commerce will just continue to grow between our economies."
Tim Ward, president of Alliance Air Services, which oversees the airport, said workers recently completed the second earthwork package on the project, relocating 2.1 million gallons of dirt to support the extended runway.
The Fort Worth City Council is expected to approve funding from the Texas Department of Transportation to relocate State Highway 156, a project that will start this summer.
Alliance Air Services and the city are still in discussions with BNSF regarding relocating its rail lines.
For its part, FedEx declined to speculate on any future plans to expand, once the runway extension is completed.
Meanwhile, Harris said Alliance Airport's charter flight traffic also has picked up. Charter flights usually include TAESL (a joint venture of American Airlines and Rolls-Royce) engine deliveries, occasional expedited shipments for GM Motors' Arlington plant, oilfield equipment and Bell helicopters.
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China flights backed
Transportation secretary says increase would benefit N. Texas
11:02 PM CST on Friday, February 2, 2007
By BRENDAN M. CASE / The Dallas Morning News
FORT WORTH – U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters said Friday that she would seek an agreement with Chinese officials to allow more flights between China and the United States.
Ms. Peters said she would continue discussions with Chinese officials during an expected visit to China in March or April.
"We think that would be very good news not only for America, but for this area in particular," she said during a visit to Fort Worth Alliance Airport.
U.S.-China trade is booming, with the Asian nation poised to unseat Mexico as the No. 2 U.S. trading partner after Canada. But existing aviation agreements allow limited flights between the U.S. and China.
Fort Worth-based American Airlines Inc. recently lost a high-profile effort to win regulatory approval to provide service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Beijing.
United Airlines Inc. won that battle, gaining Department of Transportation approval last month to launch nonstop service between Washington and Beijing.
More flights to China would benefit North Texas, said U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, who accompanied Ms. Peters.
"It would be very, very important for this area," Ms. Granger said.
Ms. Peters and Ms. Granger toured Federal Express Corp.'s sorting facility at Alliance, a hub of international trade. As the officials climbed into a FedEx jet, a freight train rumbled across the windswept prairie.
Ross Perot Jr., chairman of Hillwood, the developer of Alliance Airport, said he was courting Chinese customers. Chinese auto manufacturers are a particular focus, he said.
A leading Chinese automaker decided last year to locate production of MG sports cars in Ardmore, Okla., 90 miles north of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
"Any time Oklahoma beats us, that gets us pretty motivated." Mr. Perot said.
Asia-related cargo has boosted FedEx's business at Alliance.
Separately, Ms. Peters praised the transportation industry for contributing to strong U.S. job creation.
The U.S. economy added 111,000 jobs in January, the Department of Labor reported Friday.
"That's over a half a million new jobs in the last three months alone," Ms. Peters said.
If you bought a house in Alliance*Texas you should have known that planes make noise and so do trains. Being so close to one of the world's largest cargo airports and logistics hubs is going to cause some noise.
Same thing if you bought a house near D/FW International or Love Feild.
The only thing I can see people argueing over is the planned expansion at CCRA Collin County Regional Airport for the houses in Fairview.
Texas airport delivered seeds for growth
CATHY HARASTA Special to The Times Leader
FORT WORTH, Texas – The cattle grazing in the 17,000-acre AllianceTexas development owe their picture-perfect setting to a vision that began with a cargo airport.
The Old West and the ultra-new frontier spirit merge 20 minutes north of Fort Worth, where the world’s first all-industrial airport spurred a master-planned community that transformed a sagging local economy and draws breathless urban planners from around the globe.
The development, responsible for 25,000 jobs, has so transcended a mere cargo airport that it markets itself as a lifestyle.
In a serene setting where Tiger Woods has been said to hit a few balls, the tenants and residents can say their home on the range has roots in the 1989 opening of Fort Worth Alliance Airport.
As a hub for more than 150 companies, the AllianceTexas development has meant a $28.5 billion impact on North Texas’ economy, according to Insight Research Corporation’s analysis.
While municipalities, including Hazle Township in Northeastern Pennsylvania, scrutinize plans for a cargo airport, Alliance Airport enjoys status as a landmark that pioneered not only in aviation but also in the all-things-to-all-people category.
Fort Worth Alliance Airport, which opened Dec. 14, 1989, has much to teach its prot�g�s. It provides a blueprint for how to make an industrial airport the signature infrastructure of a grand design, according to its developer, Hillwood, a company engendered by Ross Perot Jr.’s North Texas land investment. Perot, himself a helicopter pilot among his many endeavors, was a natural when the Federal Aviation Administration sought a location for an airport to take pressure off Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in the 1980s.
Fort Worth officials bought into a plan that apparently proved peerless and now accounts for one of every 14 jobs in the airport’s primary county, Tarrant County. But as with any epic, the Alliance saga was not a short, simple story. Classic confrontations ensued before the airport took off.
A unique private-public partnership, forged when the North Texas city of Fort Worth badly needed an economic transfusion, has produced a master-planned community that retains an Old West flavor but creates frontiers even as it conquers them.
“Twenty-five years ago, most people thought we gave away the store to get Ross to come in, but it was just the other way around,” said Bob Bolen, the former Fort Worth mayor. “It has spurred our metropolitan area and is one of the biggest things around.”
No one quite envisioned the inland port, industrial hub and residential paradise that the airport would instigate.
“The developers and the government don’t normally get along,” said Mike Berry, president of Hillwood Properties, based in Fort Worth. “You need the support of the city. That’s huge. The airport was the centerpiece, the first major piece of infrastructure, but we began to market to a variety of companies – wireless, automotive. The project began to evolve and grow.”
Authentic cowboys tend the cattle that give AllianceTexas a distinctive regional flair. But the development’s role as a logistics kingpin overshadows its heritage aspect. Logistics and transportation account for the largest percentage (15 percent) of the development’s diverse corporate clusters.
Private investment funds 94.75 percent of the project, which is less than 40 percent built out. Its popularity is such that 26 million square feet have been developed in the more than 65 square-mile area.
Fort Worth, home to 686,850, is in Tarrant County, which has a population of 1,745,050. The North Central Texas “metroplex” which includes Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding cities, comprises 6,406,450.
The project capitalized on its location on Interstate 35W, which connects Canada and Mexico. The central United States site attracted JCPenney, Motorola, FedEx and other companies eager for distribution centers at a transit hub. One company based in AllianceTexas features a private water supply and two redundant power sources to protect its clients’ information in the case of a national emergency.
Homes cost from the mid-$100,000 range to multi-million-dollar estates. Development comprises residential, office and retail as plans for AllianceTexas entertainment options take shape. Berry said that a theme park is a possibility – a far cry from what anyone might have imagined in the early 1980s.
“The Perots had bought land as an investment a few years before the Federal Aviation Administration was looking for a place for a small airport,” Hillwood communications director David Pelletier said. “The city of Fort Worth was looking to create jobs and diversify its economy. The city, the FAA, the Texas Department of Transportation and Hillwood formed what became Alliance.”
Fort Worth and Hillwood officials said they expected aerospace operations to flourish first at Alliance.
“Our first deal was a shocker, because it wasn’t aviation but a BNSF Railway off-loading facility, leading to the building of an intermodal yard – a huge rail yard for unloading containers and reloading them unto trucks,” Pelletier said. “None of this would be here without the airport.”
A renewed area
Fort Worth Alliance Airport, with a runway expansion in progress, handled a record 250,479 metric tons of cargo in 2006. Private planes use the airport, which serves no commercial travelers. The airport, located 15 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, anchors a development that significantly impacts Fort Worth.
From 1990-2005, AllianceTexas generated $87,681,964 in property tax revenue for Fort Worth, according to Tarrant Appraisal District and the Denton Appraisal District tax rolls.
Berry said that AllianceTexas relied on the way the public-private partnership fostered trust.
“The public sector has to be willing to invest in infrastructure to make the project work,” Berry said. “You need the support of the city. Fort Worth had vision … Alliance has been a great prototype.”
Dire economic circumstances prevailed when Fort Worth began to consider the project.
“You can’t overplay the political guts that it took to invest in the infrastructure necessary,” said Bill Thornton, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce president. “Those were tough, tough times. Fort Worth was in the collapse of the oil and gas industry, the collapse of the banking industry and the real estate industry. The cutback in the defense industry was significant.”
Thornton, who was the chamber’s director of local business development the year the airport opened, said that AllianceTexas has invigorated Fort Worth.
“Those tax revenues are being generated for the city,” he said. “Bob Bolen’s vision and the strategic annexation of the land 17 miles from the urban core have made for a healthier city. We have been one of the hottest markets in the past five or six years.”
He said that Fort Worth welcomes the challenges that come with staggering growth. A coalition of concerned citizens is addressing traffic problems along Interstate 35W.
“This is so much more than an industrial development,” Thornton said. “This would be truly hard to replicate in its magnitude. It’s obviously one of a kind, and what a delightful story it is.”
DMN: Burlington Northern Santa Fe to expand Fort Worth hub
Move at AllianceTexas could draw distributors; Dallas may get facility
07:19 PM CST on Sunday, January 13, 2008
By SHERYL JEAN / The Dallas Morning News
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. is expanding its intermodal hub at Fort Worth's AllianceTexas development while it considers whether to build a similar facility in southern Dallas County.
Last year, the Fort Worth-based railroad said it added nearly nine miles of track and four new trucking lanes to meet current and future demand for business and to speed up the flow of traffic through Alliance.
BNSF spokesman Patrick Hiatte said the expansion created more flexibility in moving shipments through Alliance. The goal is for a train to travel between that hub and a destination, such as Chicago or Los Angeles, without switching tracks, he said.
BNSF doesn't break out investments for specific projects. Its total capital expenditures were $2.55 billion in 2007.
David Pelletier, a spokesman for Alliance owner Hillwood, said the expansion will help attract more distribution centers. Many of the distribution centers already on site, such as J.C. Penney Co. and Michaels Stores Inc., are there because of BNSF's intermodal facility, he said.
Vann Cunningham, BNSF's vice president for economic development, reiterated the company's commitment to growing its operations at the 12,000-acre Alliance development. The railroad can grow to more than 1 million "lifts" – the number of containers and trailers loaded or unloaded – from the nearly 567,000 lifts completed last year.
At the same time, a new BNSF facility at the 6,000-acre Dallas Logistics Hub in southern Dallas County would complement its Alliance operations, Mr. Cunningham said....
January 17, 2008
New airline coming to Fort Worth
North Texas has a new airline, but don't expect this one to be competing with American or Southwest. Peregrine Point is a startup charter airline that will provide both passenger and cargo service from Alliance Airport in Fort Worth with two airplanes, a Boeing 737-700C and a Gulfstream 450.
The firm, which will have about 30 employees, will begin service next month from a temporary location at Dallas Love Field.
The company broke ground on its new headquarters today with a ceremony that featured Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief, Alliance developer Ross Perot and frigid temperatures.
Dallas Business Journal
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Study: AllianceTexas’ impact at $34B
Since its inception in 1990, the AllianceTexas development has had a $33.8 billion impact on the North Texas economy, according to developer Hillwood Properties, which cites statistical data provided by Insight Research.
Fort Worth-based Hillwood, which developed the property, says since 1990, more than $625 million in property taxes from AllianceTexas have benefited the communities of Fort Worth, Haslet and Roanoke, as well as Denton and Tarrant Counties and the school districts of Keller and Northwest. This compares to $223,000 in property taxes collected in the same region 18 years ago.
Hillwood adds that AllianceTexas has created 29,000 jobs to date. About 1,900 jobs were created in the past year alone.
The economic impact of AllianceTexas grew by $2.5 billion in the past year. In Oct. 2007, Hillwood cited studies that showed the development’s
Now if Hillwood would only put their money where their mouth is and build their office building in Victory rather than Alliance. They within the last 2 years moved from their smaller space in Alliance to a new building in Alliance it built just for their own usage.Originally Posted by tamtagon
Last updated: April 21, 2009 06:58pm
AllianceTexas Leases 1.2M SF in Q1
By Amy Wolff Sorter
FORT WORTH-Bucking the current trend of decreased leasing velocity, the 17,000-acre AllianceTexas posted numbers for an outstanding first quarter. Between January and March, AllianceTexas developer Hillwood signed tenants to more than 1.2 million square feet, the second largest amount of square footage leased in a first quarter since the project broke ground in 1989.
Hillwood senior vice president Bill Burton acknowledges the AllianceTexas numbers were a surprise, especially given the economy. "When you look at the new business moving in, we've seen an incremental slowdown, and we've seen contractions area-wide," he tells GlobeSt.com.
But tenants such as Alliance Brokers, which took 292,500 square feet for a new heavy-load container facility and a pending deal totaling 365,440 square feet with Q-Edge for a new computer assembly plant helped boost the overall totals. Then there is the upcoming construction. Deloitte will soon begin construction on 750,000 square feet for a learning and leadership development center in the Circle T. Ranch section of AllianceTexas. Construction is already underway on a 250,000-square-foot data center for Health Care Service Corp., parent company of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas.
Burton says there are several factors that led to the very positive Q1 numbers. First is that Texas, even in the current downturn, is still a good place in which to do business. Second is the services that Hillwood adds to the real estate it sells and leases at AllianceTexas.
"We spend a tremendous amount of time on other factors, such as labor availability and training," Burton comments. He says Hillwood has worked with Burlington Northern Santa Fe on its intermodal facility in trying to make it more efficient. Within the past year, the company re-designed the entrances and exits to promote more efficiency.
"On top of that, we worked with BNSF and the city of Fort Worth to privatize a portion of two roads – Intermodal Parkway and Container Way," Burton adds. "It allows companies in that area to use heavy-weight containers."
Finally, he points out, not all companies are contracting. Some, such as Alliance Shippers, are expanding, and they need more space. "One of the key attributes we sell at Alliance is the fact that business isn't static," Burton says. "Businesses grow and contract, needs change, and we have the flexibility to help."
Even with the hugely successful first quarter, Burton isn't hedging his bets that the rest of the year will be that way. In addition to the economy, there is competition, he comments.
"Is there activity? Yes. Is there a lot of competition? You bet. Will all the deals get done? No," he says.. "I'm just hopeful we'll have the opportunity to business with the people we're talking with now."
Hillwood's Alliance Foreign Trade Zone named country's top performer
...The Fort Worth Alliance trade zone admitted $5.357 billion in foreign products in the year 2009....
This airport and surrounding spurred development keeps getting bigger. The Deloitte Training Campus in Westlake was an Alliance partnership, the runway is being extended, new single family home neighborhoods continue to begin construction and more land has been purchased in Denton County for more homes. The news tab at the AllianceTexas website has a string of informative articles:
How often do we read news articles about crediting growth near major public and private investment projects? If there's any growth at all, credit is usually given that the investment caused it.Originally Posted by tamtagon
Has anyone ever stepped back and ask the following question,
"Did the growth occurred because or in spite of that major investment?"
I suggest residential development near airports occur in spite of...
In general I would agree with that, however growth in the Alliance Airport area seems to be the exception.Originally Posted by electricron
I suggest that the growth that has occurred North of Fort Worth over the last 20 years would have been on a much smaller scale without that airport. Hillwood Development Corporation, Alliance Airport, and growth are a synergy that were/are dependent on each other in getting to where that area is today.
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I don't see the connection between the Deloitte training campus and an airport that is used soley as a maintenance facility and manufacturing base. It is indeed used for general aviation, but if the deloitte facility is really going to put through as many people as the article said they aren't going to be coming in on private jets (maybe on chatered jets, but thats still unlikely). I also don't buy the arguement that Alliance spurred residential growth which in turn allowed Deloitte to open that campus - the growth immediately around Deloitte is all very high wealth residential that has no connection to the airport and would probably rather it not be there
Mostly, the connection is the developer, Hillwood, they own thousands of acres, plan to develop all of it and plan to buy more land to develop. The strength of airport operation keeps the company's bank strong enough to back non related stuff like neighborhoods. It's a good location and pretty.
Wal-Mart is scouting for land near Alliance airport for a distribution hub in order to keep up with its online sales. The new facility could bring in as much as $2 to $3 million dollars in annual taxes for the city of Fort Worth.
http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/ne...ld-second.htmlWal-Mart looks to build 2nd large distribution hub in Fort Worth
Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is looking to double its distribution capabilities in Dallas-Fort Worth with its second major distribution center at AllianceTexas in Fort Worth.
The proposed $32 million, 850,000-square-foot build-to-suit facility could help the retailer rapidly expand in the e-commerce business, which is one of Wal-Mart's targeted areas for retail growth...
^...and that's just one of a handful of big deals recently announced at AllianceTexas! Amazing
And so castles made of sand, slips into the sea, eventually.
Amazon.com, Wal-Mart.com (twice), LG, Motorola, NFI, FAA Regional HQ...I know I am missing a couple but all of these represent over 5000 jobs.
Is Motorola the only new one that's manufacturing, not warehouse/distribution? DFW needs more places making products for shipping to balance the vast logistics centers. The manufacturing is likely to follow naturally, hum, maybe.... the workforce is there, the distribution/logistics infrastructure is pretty much world class, and getting better.
And so castles made of sand, slips into the sea, eventually.
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