Sheriff's Aviation Division Rendering

Architectural rendering of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s new aviation facility at San Bernardino International Airport. (Courtesy Photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/05/15, 9:28 PM PST | Updated: 45 secs ago

County supervisors on Tuesday will consider increasing by more than 28 percent a lease agreement with the Sheriff’s Department for its new aviation hangar at San Bernardino International Airport due to increasing costs associated with the project.

Supervisors will consider increasing the amount of the 25-year lease by $2.7 million — from $9.6 million to $12.3 million. The increased costs are associated with additional requirements by the city of San Bernardino related to the aviation facility’s fire suppression systems and additional Federal Aviation Administration requirements relating to the facility’s heliport, according to a staff report prepared for county supervisors.

Last February, supervisors approved an $11.6 million lease with the Sheriff’s Department for a 61,000 square-foot facility at the San Bernardino airport, including 50,000 square feet of hangar space and 11,640 square feet of office space for an administration building and other aviation use. The cost breakdown on the lease is $9.6 million for hangar rent and $2 million for ground rent.

The sheriff’s new aviation headquarters will sit on 8 acres of a 32-acre parcel at the airport where 30 general aviation hangars are also being built. The general aviation hangars, which will house smaller aircraft and corporate jets, are expected to be completed in June and the sheriff’s facility by the end of 2015, said Mark Gibbs, deputy director of aviation for San Bernardino International Airport.

Housed at Rialto Airport since 1971, the sheriff’s aviation division is relocating to San Bernardino in the wake of the closure of Rialto Airport.

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