Fort Worth council waives fees for Airbase plant at CentrePort

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FORT WORTH -- City Council members approved the waiver of $30,000 in fees Tuesday for Airbase Services, a major aircraft interiors firm in Grand Prairie that told the city it's interested in building a headquarters and manufacturing plant in the CentrePort Business Park.

Airbase proposes to build and equip a 225,000-square-foot facility at CentrePort, south of Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, at a cost of more than $11.5 million, the city staff has told council members.

Airbase would move its 200-plus employees to the facility from Grand Prairie and add about 400 full-time positions to the Fort Worth plant, the staff has said.

Airbase, owned by Regent Aerospace in California, asked the city to waive building, zoning, temporary encroachment, platting and fire sprinkler and alarm permit fees, totaling about $30,000.

A person answering the phone Tuesday at Airbase in Grand Prairie referred media calls to an executive in California, who didn't return messages.

The staff recommended that the council approve the fee waiver.

Airbase told the city that it was considering Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Miami and Los Angeles for the facility, the report said. Its current facility is at 902 Ave. T, east of Texas 360 and south of Post & Paddock Street.

Airbase does aircraft interior reconfiguration, restoration and refurbishing. The company does business domestically and internationally, including clients in China, South Korea, France and El Salvador.

Scott Nishimura, 817-390-7808

Twitter: @JScottNishimura

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