Sun, Jul 23, 2006
Luxury Condo Tower Would Be Near Flight Line
After a months-long
review, the FAA determined this week a proposed 450-foot tower near
Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, AZ, poses no threat to
air traffic operating from the airport.
The Associated Press reports the FAA considered site plans, as
well as city ordnances and public comment, when making the
determination that the high-rise tower -- part of the planned W
Phoenix Hotel and Condominium development, next to US Airways
Center -- does not present a danger to pilots.
As Aero-News reported in March, the
FAA had expressed doubts on the safety of such a move, as the tower
would be located near several corridors into and out of the
airport... including an emergency-use corridor for pilots who
experience engine problems after takeoff.
While the FAA has signed off on the project, groundbreaking for
the downtown high-rise is still likely months away.
There's still a
district court case to contend with, seeking to bar the developer
-- Phoenix Suns majority owner Robert Sarver -- from building the
tower atop a historic structure.
"We're still moving forward, but I have no idea how long this
process could take," Sarver said.
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