Thursday, November 28, 2013

New Garden Airport (N57), Toughkenamon, Pennsylvania: Plans on hold for a new hangar

Members of the New Garden Board of Supervisors learned Monday that a proposed deal to build a new hangar at New Garden Flying Field collapsed, leaving the board to look into new options for building the facility.

NEW GARDEN – At Monday night’s public meeting, Jon Martin, New Garden Airport manager, was expected to present township Supervisors a land-lease proposal from the a group interested in building and managing a new hangar at the township’s aviation facility. 

Instead, Martin said, “We don’t have plans for a hangar or a proposed lease because the new-hangar group has been derailed.”

He gave no further details for the apparent impasse in planning.

Nevertheless, the board seemed very interested in continuing a discussion of how best to fund a new hangar without participation by the new-hangar group. Board Chairman Steve Allaband asked the board, and township solicitor, Vince Pompo, what funding options might be available.

Pompo suggested that a new entity separate from the airport itself, such as an “airport authority,” could be established to build, own, manage, lease or perform a combination of these functions. During discussion of this idea, Martin made it clear that the New Garden Airport itself did not want to be in the business of maintaining hangars.

Allaband asked Martin to pull together several viable suggestions for financing additional hangar space and present them to the board at a later date.

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