A Southern California development company has until Aug. 25 to reduce the height of a newly constructed building near Montgomery Field Airport (MYF) in San Diego.
On June 22 San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders issued a stop-work order to Sunroad Enterprises to remove the top 20 feet of the building — or two floors — on the premise that the 180-foot building is a hazard to air navigation. The removal of the top two floors will take the building down to 160 feet.
The height of the building has been an issue for several months.
City officials declined to be interviewed, referring us instead to back issues of the local newspaper where there are several stories about the legal wrangling over the height of the building.
During construction of the building, local pilots, city officials, the California Division of Aeronautics, and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association expressed concern about the size of the structure. A lawsuit was filed just before the mayor issued the stop-work order.
“This decisive action by the city of San Diego is important for pilots,” said Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president of airports. AOPA is party to the lawsuit against Sunroad. “We are anxiously awaiting the destruction of this obstacle at Montgomery Field.”
General Aviation News placed several calls to Sunroad Enterprises for comment, but our calls were not returned.