WILEY FORD, W.Va. — Six new hangars will be built at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport, bringing the total number on the grounds to 41.
On Thursday, the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority approved the construction of the T-hangars at a cost of about $270,000. The authority will spend about $57,000 of its money for the project and the rest will come from Maryland Aviation Administration ($125,000) and state of West Virginia ($87,500) funding.
Authority members Michael Boggs and Kevin Clark discussed several projects that the money could be spent on, but Boggs said the T-hangars would have the best return on investment. Renting the hangars would generate about $11,000 a year, according to Dave Weimer, authority chairman.
Other projects considered were a maintenance building, a roof refurbishment and a terminal refurbishment.
“We are full and we don’t have enough space,” Clark, executive director of the Mineral County Development Authority, said.
Authority members are also planning to discuss ways to encourage pilots to fly. Of 35 full hangars on the airport, only about 10 planes fly, Weimer said.
“We need to find a way to get them moving or build something else,” said Ryan Shaffer, airport manager.
Authority members also discussed marketing a proposed business park.
“There is power nearby, there is gas nearby, a road in there, it’s not complete yet but that area to the south of if it is flat and is 2 to 3 acres,” said Terry Page of Delta Airport Consultants.
The proposed business park would be 6 acres.
Clark said that he sent a letter to spice-maker McCormick & Company about the business park and was contacted by the company’s vice president of finance.
“He asked questions about our area and of course it didn’t quite work out. I think that demonstrates the selling point of having an airport location,” said Clark.
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