In January 2017, SBIAA agreed to grant Hillwood Enterprises, LP, the exclusive right to negotiate for a ground lease on a 2,000,000 sq. ft. piece of land on Airport property.
Hillwood seeks to enter into a 35-year ground-lease agreement with SBIAA, and will then lease the air cargo logistics center to an eventual tenant/operator. As of March 27, 2019, the final language and terms of the ground lease had yet to be negotiated between SBIAA and Hillwood. A tenant has also not been named, but negotiations between the tenant and Hillwood are reported to be ongoing as of February 17, 2019.
In July 2018, SBIAA posted a notice of review for Hillwood’s plan to develop on the property, now known as the Eastgate Air Cargo Logistics Center.
In October 2018, SBIAA approved the Eastgate project’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
The EIR states that “timeline for the [Eastgate project] been accelerated to meet the needs of a prospective tenant: to have [Eastgate] in operation by October of 2019….[A delay in construction] is not feasible because it would not meet project objectives established by the prospective tenant. The project’s development is dependent on the support of the tenant, and the tenant would not support the extended timeline.
The completed Eastgate Air Cargo Logistic Center is slated to include a 658,500-square-foot distribution center with connecting aircraft ramps. Once fully operational, the facility will add 24+ around-the-clock air cargo flights and 7,516 vehicle trips daily, including 500 daily truck trips to our neighborhoods
The San Bernardino Sun reported in February 2019 that SBIAA Executive Director Michael Burrows claimed 3,800 jobs will be created at Eastgate.