Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Kulis For Lease, Sale; Variety Of Businesses Eye Empty Structure
The airport has officially taken over Kulis from the military, and aviation businesses and movie industry insiders alike are interested in renting or buying this blank canvas
The future of Kulis Air Guard Base is taking a new turn after the keys to the base were officially handed over from the military to the airport Monday. Troops have been gone from the 56-year-old military base for many months after a move to Joint Base Elmendorf –Richardson last spring.
Now it’s up to the airport to market the property for a new use.
Airport managers say they’ve been getting applications from interested businesses, and not just the aviation industry like you might expect.
The local film industry has set its sights on Kulis as an ideal location for making movies.
“Because it has all of our infrastructure needs to make it an actual film campus,” says Alaska Film Group President Bob Crockett. “If a production company is looking like 'Everybody Loves Whales,' they would have used that facility because of the warehouse space, because of the office space, because of the commissary and the cafeteria. All of those elements factor in to wanting to come to Alaska.”
The airport says it hopes to make decisions on new leaseholders within the next few months with the properties ready for move-in by next summer. The airport says they are in the process of appraising the facilities to determine fair market value.