A press release issued this morning announced the Volk Aerodrome at 8128 Hwy 9 is under new ownership, Tottenham Airfield Corporation owned by Toronto businessman John Bailey.
The news advisory, issued by Hellingman Communications, suggests the property will undergo "An enhancement of the existing airfield (...), and once a draft master plan has been completed - expected later this year - it will be shared with the local community."
"We believe there is a tremendous potential to provide high quality aviation services at a small local airfield, particularly with the planned closing of the Buttonville Airport in Markham, the increased interest in recreational flying, and the increase in tourism and development in the Simcoe area," according to a quote attributed to Mr. Bailey in the press release.
The Volk Aerodrome has been the subject of intense opposition from its neighbours at Tecumseth Pines, who have pleaded with the Town to stop the fill operation that had been taking place over the past few months. Growing volumes of truck traffic in and out of the site caught the attention of the Ministry of Transportation which suspended entrance permits until several conditions were implemented.
"We appreciate that there have been concerns with this site in the past. We will place a high value on good relations with neighbours, government officials, and community group," according to Mr. Bailey. "That includes communicating regularly through meetings, newsletters, e-blasts, and via a web site, and also engaging the community in decisions about our operations."
It's noted in the release that Aviation consultant Richard Koroscil of Korlon Strategic Services has been retained to provide advice on the construction and operations of the airfield.
"A well respected engineering firm will also be hired to oversee the design and operation plans, traffic and environmental studies," according to the press release.
"To improve the airfield, fill will be brought onto the site through a contractual arrangement with the Green Soils group of companies. Green Soils is highly respected and specializes in the movement and remediation of soil. (...) with this single-source supplier arrangement, a strong level of control can be placed on the amount and quality of soils entering the site, as well as all trucking activity."
The company has set up a telephone hotline for enquiries about the airfield. The number is 905-936-4290 and calls will be responded to within one business day.
A general manager for the company will be hired in the coming weeks, and the Volk family will continue to manage the airfield and flight school operations.
"The Tottenham Airfield Corporation respects the safety and well being of the community and the environment, and will work cooperatively with all levels of government to ensure its operations meet or exceed applicable regulatory guidelines."