Saturday, August 16, 2014

1986 Ellington Field Fate

June 1986
Ellington Field Fate Up in the Air

The City of Houston has temporarily delayed approving a master plan for Ellington Field while it negotiates with a prospective new tenant whose presence would dramatically later the airport's future. . . .

City aviation Director Paul Gaines said it was too early to identify the company, but that the move to Ellington could provide about 2000 jobs.

The city's 1985 master plan projected development over a 20-year period. This was in sharp contract to a 1980 study conducted by the city that called for most of the renovations to be completed by 1987.

August, 1986 
Grumman Makes it Formal

Following a "very rough" year of negotiations, Grumman Incorporated signed a long-term lease agreement with the city of Houston this week to lease a tract at Ellington Field where it plans to locates its Civil Space Systems Unit.

The 40-year lease for a 66-acre tract has options to extend the time period another 40 years and for Grumman to lease an addition 79 acres. . . .

Grumann's Houston Operations at Ellington Field will mark the first space-related manufacturing facility in the Houston area.

One current ambition, revealed last fall, 2013, for Ellington can be found here.

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