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31 CHAPTER NINE PHOENIXMESA GATEWAY AIRPORT--PASSENGER TERMINAL MILITARY BASE REUSE OF BUILDING 15 AIRPORT SPONSOR AND INTERVIEW PARTICIPANTS recommended closing the base; however, it remained open for 2 more years. The city of Mesa had previously annexed Airport NamePhoenixMesa Gateway Airport the AFB to increase its tax base. When the facility closed, (AZA) the city assumed principal responsibility to coordinate redevelopment of the airport. It took about 5 years to con- City, State Mesa, Arizona vert the base to a functioning public airport. Many build- ings were in disrepair, and the runways needed substantial Airport SponsorWilliams Gateway Airport Authority maintenance and rehabilitation. During the initial years of operation, the airport served as a general aviation reliever Person InterviewedDavid Valenzuela, Marketing and for Phoenix Sky Harbor International and then in October Economic Development Manager 2007, it became a commercial service airport and a focus city for Allegiant Air. THE SITUATION With considerable regional cooperation and much dedi- cated effort, AZA has made the transition from an AFB to a The PhoenixMesa Gateway Airport is located in the East commercial airport. This case study examines the history of Valley of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area (see Figure 25). this transition and focuses on the successful redevelopment The airport was part of the Williams Air Force Base (AFB). of Building 15 as a passenger terminal to support Allegiant In 1991, the Base Realignment and Closure Commission Air's commercial air service. FIGURE 25 PhoenixMesa Gateway Airport West Terminal expansion plan.