A 23-acre development of large aircraft hangars with office and manufacturing space recently announced at Mesa's Falcon Field Airport will offer significant opportunities for new and expanding aviation businesses.
Davcon Aviation, LLC and Mesa Hangar, LLC will construct the phased project on more than one million square feet of vacant City of Mesa-owned land on the northwest side of the airport. The land will be leased for 40 years.
The project will include more than 340,000 square feet of new large aircraft hangar space in addition to ancillary office space, aircraft staging ramp, and vehicle parking areas. Initial design concepts show hangars ranging from 5,000 square feet to 60,000 square feet with high ceilings and high, wide doors to accommodate corporate jets and specialized fixed-wing and helicopter uses.
"We are so pleased to partner with Davcon Aviation and Mesa Hangar on this much-needed project," Airport Director Corinne Nystrom said. "Not only will it help attract new business and jobs to Mesa, but it also will expand the diverse mix of aviation and aerospace business already here at the airport and provide opportunities for existing airport businesses to grow and expand."
"Falcon Field has been approached by over 50 companies in the past two years wanting to expand or relocate but hasn't had the aircraft hangar space available to accommodate them," Lynn Spencer, Airport Economic Development Project Manager, said. "The current hangar occupancy rate at the airport remains at nearly 100 percent."
"Falcon Field offers a dynamic aviation community that has been poised for growth, and we are excited to answer this need that has been unavailable," Randy Hansen, owner of Mesa Hangar, LLC said. "There are many reasons that Arizona is ranked as the national leader for aviation and aerospace attractiveness, and we are eager to be part of that."
"This is just the type of investment Falcon Field and Mesa have needed to grow the aviation sector of our economy," District 5 City Councilmember David Luna said. "We are excited that this development will allow us to meet the demand we've seen for large hangar space."
"Aviation and aerospace are key industries in Mesa and contribute a great deal to our economy," Mesa Mayor John Giles said. "Our talented workforce, quality infrastructure and customer-friendly business environment make Mesa an ideal choice for companies looking to locate or expand in Arizona. We are excited to have Davcon Aviation and Mesa Hangar spur additional growth in these economic industries."
Falcon Field is the hub of Mesa's Falcon Business District. It is in an opportunity zone designated by the U.S. Treasury Department to spur investment. The entire project will be designed and phased based on business needs and is expected to be complete by November 2021.
"Our initial investigation of available hangars at area airports indicated that there is demand in the market to support development of speculative hangar space," David Wakefield, Managing Partner at Davcon Aviation, said. "We will get this project off the ground as quickly as possible with spec buildings and will continuously discuss space needs with potential tenants to further refine additional buildings as they go up. Companies that indicate their interest early in the development process will have the benefit of specifying their space and layout requirements."
To schedule a meeting about pre-leasing and leasing proposed and finished buildings, or for details about the project, contact Larry Brow of Leading Edge Real Estate, LLC, a specialist in aviation properties, at 480-535-4800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Falcon Field Airport or to schedule an airport tour, visit www.falconfieldairport.com or contact Lynn Spencer, Economic Development Project Manager, at 480-644-4276 or email@example.com.
Falcon Field Airport is among the top five most active general aviation airports in the United States, with more than 100 on-airport businesses, more than 750 based aircraft, and serving a wide variety of itinerant aviation customers. MD Helicopters operates a manufacturing facility at the airport, and The Boeing Company manufactures the top-rated Apache attack helicopter, as well as several models of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) on an adjacent campus.