Will Remove Top 20 Feet From Building Near MYF
In a Tuesday night press conference -- held in the shadow of a
controversial office tower project adjacent to San Diego's
Montgomery Field (MYF) -- an attorney for construction contractor
Sunroad Enterprises announced the company will agree to lower the
height of the building by 20 feet, to bring the building into
compliance with FAA height restrictions.
As ANN reported earlier this
week, Mayor Jerry Sanders ordered the contractor to
remove the top 20 feet of its Kearny Mesa office project, because
the 180-foot building was deemed a hazard to air navigation by the
Sanders was only the latest entity to contest the project,
eventually agreeing with City Attorney Michael Aguirre the
tower should be lowered. Stating it had a valid city building
permit for the project, Sunroad had finished the project despite
warnings from the FAA, the California Division of Aeronautics, and
local pilots. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association was party
to a lawsuit against the contractor, demanding the tower be
Aguirre has alleged the mayor acted corruptly by allowing
Sunroad, a campaign donor, to build a tall building so close to the
airport in the first place.
A study by the FAA showed the tower, while not on airport
property, sits in the path of IFR traffic circling to land on
runways 23, 10L and 10R. The only published instrument procedures
for the airport are to runway 28R. If winds or a runway closure
require a landing on runways 23, 10L or 10R, a pilot must fly the
procedure to 28R and circle to another runway after descending to
Therein lies the problem with the tower's current 180-foot
height, which is 20 feet above the maximum height allowed in the
area. Pilots circling to the north would fly very near -- if not
directly over -- the new building.
According to a ruling by Mayor Sanders, Sunroad has until August
25 to remove the top 20 feet of the tower.