Council approves lease with Legend Aircraft
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

June 17, 2005 - After more than two months of negotiations, Sulphur Springs City Council members approved a lease agreement with Legend Aircraft Corporation on a site at the municipal airport.

Legend Aircraft started production earlier this year of a new airplane, the Legend Cub, patterned after the legendary Piper J-3 Cub. Orders began to roll in immediately after introducion of the airplane, and owners of Legend approached the city looking for additional space to build the aircraft.

The agreement, which will allow Legend to construct three buildings that could later be converted into six hangars, was recommended by Councilman Larry Powers and seconded by Freddie Taylor.

Terms of the lease call for an annual payment of 7 cents per square foot and gives Legend the option of selling the buildings if the company moves to different facilities.

Council approval of the agreement was unanimous.

Approval was also given for a request from Tommy Perez, owner of Sulphur Springs Ford, to rezone property east of Gossett Lane and adjacent to Coleman Park from single family residential to heavy commercial. Perez is planning the construction of a new facility to house his automobile dealership.

The plans, approved by Ford Motor Company, would allow many of the native trees in the area to become a part of the new business location in an effort to conform with the appearance of the park. Perez also told the council that there was a part of the property that borders Coleman Park would not be suitable for use as part of the auto dealership. He said he plans to either build a picnic area or parking lot that would compliment the park.

The council also gave unanimous approval to a request for a replat of property southwest of the Gilmer Street-Linda Drive intersection. The property owner is wanting to combine two lots into one to allow for construction of a new business building.

Unanimous approval was also given requests from M&F Western Products for a replat of property between Holiday Drive and South Broadway into one lot and to change the zoning of the property from heavy commercial to light commercial.

The company is planning to build a new retail building across the street from the current store.

Two requests for land leases at the airport for hangar construction were approved by the council. Steve Hudson is wanting to construct a 50x50 foot building and Charles E. Herzog is wanting to build a slightly larger building adjacent to the one that will be built by Hudson.

City staff told the council that taxiways are already in place and recommended the requests be approved.

In other business, council members met in a closed-door session briefly to discuss the acquisition of real property Tuesday evening. After returning to open session, the council voted to purchase of a small parcel of land on Magnolia Street where the railroad crossing has been closed.

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