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Airport Land Acquisition project
PENSACOLA - Pensacola International Airport is in the midst of a long-term effort to develop its future commerce park with hopes of creating more business and jobs. The land the airport wants to develop sits on the northwest quadrant of the airport near the intersection of Tippin and Langley Avenue. In order to complete the project, home and business owners who own property there need to sell and relocated.
Jordan Simmons of Pensacola remembers when the neighborhood was bustling.
"When I first moved here, there were houses everywhere and people everywhere, now I guess it's abandoned as you'd say" said Jordan Simmons, Pensacola.
The land acquisition project has been a voluntary basis from the beginning. It's part of a long-term plan to grow the airport. There are 147 properties in the proposed airport commerce park location. More than half of the properties have already been sold to the airport.
Several vacant lots are scattered throughout the area with some abandoned houses sprinkled here and there waiting to be demolished. Funding from the Florida Department of Transportation and Airport Capital Improvement Fund are paying for the project. This year, $90,000 dollars will be spent acquiring land. Next year, the airport is expecting $500,000 dollars.
"The long-term goal would be to develop it, create jobs for the area, an economic driving engine for Pensacola and create non-airline revenue for the airport" said Candace Mitchell, Airport Property Manager.
Jon Pruitt owns a construction company. He's unsure how the project will affect his business. The building he moved into two months ago sits within the acquisition area.
"I don't know how it would work because we don't own the property, we lease the building so that would be the owners issue and I don't know if that would benefit us to move along" said Jon Pruitt, Business Owner.
The airport will continue to receive funding through the year 2019 to acquire land for the project.