Atlantic says that action would cripple its business on the airport, where it has invested nearly $60 million in facilities since 2007. The city is still assessing the status of the runway.
Atlantic’s petition alleges that the city is not complying with the California Environmental Quality Act, California planning law, the airport’s master plan and the city’s municipal code. Atlantic is asking the court to conduct an environmental and safety analysis before beginning construction on new corporate jet facilities.
City attorneys have not yet reviewed the complaint, a city spokesman says, but adds that the city expects to be able to fully defend the project. The city in the meantime is proceeding with the Signature project and anticipates groundbreaking later this year. The next step after award will be finalizing the contract. Signature, which has teamed with Google executives on the project, is calling the development one of its largest ever.
The lawsuit comes after Atlantic in late March had appealed the initial recommendation to award the FBO bid to Signature. The city, however, had declined that appeal, saying Atlantic’s proposal was deemed “non-responsive” because it failed to provide a proposal bond, financial references, a financial proforma, a management plan, a rent proposal, property, sales and use tax proposals, and the city’s required labor peace/employee work environment form. “Accepting a proposal with such material omissions would result in Atlantic gaining a competitive advantage over the proposer that complied with all of the [request for proposal] submittal requirements,” the city says.