Friday, September 14, 2012

Historic hangar set to be renovated

A World War II-era hangar at the Bainbridge-Decatur County Airport is about to get a facelift.

County Administrator Gary Breedlove said Friday that the Federal Aviation Administration and state Department of Transportation has funding available to improve small community airports. Breedlove said that the county should be able to get a grant of between $200,000 and $300,000 to improve the old hangar adjacent to the new terminal building.

The hangar was built in 1942 and has 28,000 square feet of capacity. It is structurally sound and typically houses between 10-11 airplanes, whose owners pay a hangar rental fee to the county. However, the painted metal is dilapidated and the exterior is in generally rough shape.

Breedlove told the Decatur County Board of Commissioners at Tuesday’s regular board meeting that the county will only need to match approximately 3.75 percent of the grant — approximately $10,000 to $11,000. However, that money will not need to come from the county’s general fund. Instead, it will be taken from proceeds made when the county sold salvaged metal from the old Gilreath Building.

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