PSU.DTW.SCE wrote:compensateme wrote:PSU.DTW.SCE wrote:It’s not even worth my time to respond to this silly debate that DL is going to de hub DTW or MSP.
Why does this nonsensical debate continue to come up?
That $200M+ WCAA has spent over the past decade operating, maintaining and (eventually) building a replacement facility for management offices certainly paid off!!! Just think, they could’ve spent that cash toward principle debt and saved $300M (or more) in interest expense... nah, we’d prefer to save the demolition cost....
*When the North Termianal was conceived, management offices were intended to be relocated in the former Marriott; later, they selected an off-site commericial location with a lower buildout cost. Ultimately, they decided to keep the offices as is, with film revenue covering the operational expenses of the terminal...
Why didn't they build the new airport adminstration office building at the same time they built the North Terminal instead of paying for the maintenance and upkeep of their offices in the Smith for an additional 8 years after they closed the terminal from passenger use?
Lester Robinson genuinely believed it was the most cost effective solution; his accounting staff obviously underestimated the cost of R&M and pursued zealous figures for RON and film permit fees. The decision likely cost him his job. He didn’t deserve it ... Turkia Mullin is probably still cashing checks drawn from our money.
Initally it was proposed the offices would move to the former Marriott (with the top two floors reopening as a mini-hotel), although this was quickly rejected by WCAA over integration logistics. In reality, most simply didn’t want to retain the 1960s-era design. Instead, they proposed moving the offices offsite, citing a much lower buildout cost. But that idea was rejected after they decided they must be onsite, and hence status quo was literally maintained.