PERC President Jay Anderson doesn't think the development of the Westwood Center would have happened without FAA approval.
But, the only correspondence with the federal aviation agency is a letter disapproving of the leases. Now, a study group is worried that the city could ultimately be on the hook to pay the FAA back for some 30 years worth of leases.
The Airport Commission receives less than $2,000 a year from the seven businesses at the Westwood Center.
In total, there is $20,312 generated in land leases from the park but 85 percent of that goes to the Pittsfield Economic Development Corporation, which developed the park in tandem with the city's Office of Community Development.
The City Council on Tuesday approved a 25-year lease with Child Care of the Berkshires that will allow the nonprofit to apply for nearly a $1 million in grants.
"We have really ambitious plans for the building," Anne Nemetz-Carlson, president and CEO of the agency, told the council on Tuesday. "We're a vibrant community place and we'd like to have a long-term lease."