SELINSGROVE – A Valley airport has a project in the works. Penn Valley Airport is in need of a new hangar. Most of the hangars that are currently at the airport are 30 to 40 years old. The cost of the project is $1.25 million.
Penn Valley Airport has may use a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan as long as all of the airport’s nine stakeholders help repay the full amount. The stakeholders which make up the airport authority include municipalities in Snyder, Union, and Northumberland counties.
Steve Bowers, a representative from the airport, made a pitch for the money at the Selinsgrove Borough Council meeting Monday night. He told the council this is a long term project, “We’re not so confident we would take a ‘build it and they will come approach,’ but there’s a long lee time in this project with a lot of components to put together. There is timing in all of that where we’ll have to do a design and develop a storm water management and more. We have about a year to go and firm up all those commitments.”
Council member Paul Williams talked about the benefits the new hangar could bring to both the airport and the Valley, “This could attract more jets to Penn Valley and increase their capacity by 25%. It would increase their face of operation and opportunities to sell fuel. It would also create more jobs.”
Williams told the council the airport helps the local economy. Companies including Weis Markets, National Beef, and Ritz Craft Home all use Penn Valley Airport. The facility’s new hangar would be a 12,000 square foot building with the capacity to hold up to ten aircraft. The borough council will make a decision for approval on this project at next month’s meeting.