Helicopter Industry Pioneer Might Lease at Cecil Field
Mathis, Karen Brune, The Florida Times Union
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies
Corp. and pioneer of the helicopter industry, is considering a
lease at Cecil Field that would establish a repair center for
commercial and military customers.
Cecil Field Development Director Herb McCarthy said yesterday
that Sikorsky, based in Stratford, Conn., has been looking at
the site for about two years, and recently intensified its
"I think they're serious now," McCarthy said. "I think they'll
move on it."
Sikorsky spokeswoman Gina McAllister did not have immediate
information at hand about the situation and said she would
McCarthy said Sikorsky was looking at a 63,230-square-foot
hangar at the west Jacksonville naval air base, which is
scheduled to close and be converted to industrial, community,
Jacksonville Port Authority and other uses.
He expects Sikorsky would launch the center with 30 to 40
employees. The Jacksonville Economic Development Commission
would need to work out a lease acceptable to the City Council.
. . . Meanwhile, California Lutheran Home and Community
Services is moving ahead on plans announced in January to create
the Cecil Pines senior living community at Cecil Field.
The company proposes a multi-phase project targeted to
middle-income seniors age 55 and older. It would start with the
renovation of 97 residences and 45 mobile-home sites once
they're vacated. …