$3.3 million expansion of Carroll County's regional airport OK'd Calif. company to build seven hangars for corporate jets

December 16, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission approved a major expansion of the county's regional airport yesterday, allowing a California company to build seven hangars for corporate jets.

The decision means that Argubright Construction of Northridge, Calif., can begin work next week on the foundation of a 70,000-square-foot hangar and 9,900-square-foot office at the airport, off Route 97 north of Westminster.

The $3.3 million project is being developed by Hangar Corp. of America, a Pennsylvania company. Construction is expected to be completed in the spring.

The facility will provide space for 12 to 25 aircraft. Under an

agreement reached in May, the construction company will build and manage the hangars, and the county will receive a portion of the revenue generated by leasing the space.

During the first five years of the contract, the county will receive about $15,000 a year, Evans said. The county's percentage will increase afterward; during the contract's 40-year life, Carroll will receive more than $3 million.

The project is the latest in a series of improvements county officials hope will attract business and establish the airport as a primary stop for pilots flying along the Atlantic coast.

A fuel station was recently built at the airport. In 1994, the runway was widened and lengthened. At 5,100 feet, it is Maryland's sixth-largest nonmilitary runway.

The airport is one of three in Maryland in line for a Global Positioning System satellite link. The system guides aircraft during inclement weather, allowing the runway to increase its operating hours.

The county airport, known formally as the Jack B. Poage Carroll County Regional Airport, has 82 small hangars and about 30 outdoor tie-downs for other aircraft. There are no facilities to house larger aircraft such as Lear jets.

Pub Date: 12/16/98

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