Fort Worth City Council members today approved the waiver of $30,000 in fees for Airbase Services, a major aircraft interiors firm in Grand Prairie that's interested in a possible headquarters and manufacturing plant in the CentrePort Business Park.
Airbase proposes to build and equip a 225,000-square-foot facility at CentrePort at a cost of more than $11.5 million, the city staff has told council members.
Airbase would move its 200-plus employees to the new facility from Grand Prairie, and add about 400 new full-time positions to the Fort Worth plant, the staff has said.
Airbase, owned by Regent Aerospace in California, asked the city to waive building, zoning, temporary encroachment, platting and fire sprinkler and alarm permit fees, totaling about $30,000, the report said.
The staff recommended that the council approve the waiver and scheduled the council vote.
Leading up to the vote, the city staff said Airbase was considering Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Miami and Los Angeles for the facility, the report said. Its current facility is at 902 Ave. T, east of Texas 360 and south of Post & Paddock Street.
Airbase does aircraft interior reconfiguration, restoration and refurbishing. The company does business domestically and internationally, including clients in China, South Korea, France and El Salvador.
A representative answering the phone at Airbase in Grand Prairie this morning referred media calls to Regent in Valencia, Calif. We've got a message in there.
- Scott Nishimura, Star-Telegram Fort Worth City Hall reporter