master plan calls for
redevelopment of Fairview Park property
By Kevin Kelley
WEB UPDATED 5:15 PM FEB. 1, 2007
new master plan drafted by Glenn Research Center employees would
bring significant changes to the NASA campus, including the redevelopment
of its property north of Brookpark Road into a public outreach area.
The centerpiece of this section of the campus would be an Aerospace
Education Center and a relocated visitor center. New buildings for
space contractors would also be built in this location under the
News of Glenn’s new master plan was published in the
January issue of Aerospace
Frontiers, the center’s employee newsletter.
NASA had announced in January 2006 that two buildings
on the north side of Brookpark Road the Developmental Engineering
Building and its annex would be closed.
While the two buildings occupy only five acres of
Glenn’s campus, they house Fairview Park’s largest group of employees.
The potential loss of income tax from the buildings’ more than 500
employees would put a serious drain on Fairview Park’s finances,
city officials said. Three full-time employees and
five part-time employees were laid off by the city in April 2006
in part because of the announced closings of the buildings.
Glenn officials have put off closing the buildings until 2008 or
beyond, according to Jim Kennedy, director of development for the
city of Fairview Park.
a positive thing that we didn’t expect,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy reacted cautiously to the report on Glenn’s master plan.
think any excitement about that announcement is premature,” Kennedy
told West Life. “It’s strictly in the concept stage at this point.
It has to be reviewed through the hierarchy at NASA including NASA
headquarters in Washington.”
noted that plans to build an education center and relocate the visitor
center have been “a pipe dream” at Glenn for a long time.
no certainty in any of the stuff,” Kennedy said of the draft master
plan, although he added that he would like to see it come to pass.
master plan draft, which still requires approval from NASA headquarters,
will be implemented over 20 years.
said city officials have been in constant discussions with Glenn
officials about the Brookpark Road property for the past 13 months.
least one private company expressed interest in relocating to the
site, said Kennedy, who added the buildings are in an ideal location.
“It’s not a hard place to market if it was privatized,” Kennedy
Kennedy said NASA officials excluded the possibility of privatizing
the government-owned land last summer.
Joseph Morris, Glenn’s chief architect, said in Aerospace
Frontiers that the master plan draft is necessary as the center
takes a more active role in NASA’s space exploration program.
“Our team has developed an exciting plan that is a
vital management tool to direct our planning efforts and ensure
that we have the facilities we’ll need for present and future missions,”
Morris said in the article.
Morris called the property on which the Fairview Park
buildings stand “a very visible and accessible area to the public.”
“So we can utilize this site for public outreach while
leveraging the value of the land for our space exploration partners,”
Morris said in the article.
According to the article, the master plan also calls
for creating a campus center to function as a “downtown” Glenn.
Along with new administration buildings, an auditorium, conference
center and cafeteria would also be built. The plan also calls for
upgrading test facilities at Glenn’s Plum Brook Station outside
Glenn officials could not be reached for further comment.