Saturday, January 14, 2017

City council approves Lowcountry Regional Airport (KRBW) expansion, property transfer to SealCraft Corporation

Walterboro City Council adopted two ordinances at its Jan. 3 meeting.

The first ordinance approved a 30-year lease agreement with Lowcountry Aviation Company Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul, LLC, of Mt. Pleasant for 5.85 acres at the Lowcountry Regional Airport. The company is expected to invest just over $3,000,000 in buildings, infrastructure, machinery and equipment and create approximately 127 new full-time jobs at the site. The lease is still subject to approval by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The business purpose is listed as aircraft management, aircraft maintenance/repair/overhaul including electronic/avionic components, aircraft modifications and upgrades, engineering design, aircraft paint, charter airline/services, flight training and simulation, aircraft brokerage, aircraft rentals, aircraft on the ground services and aircraft storage services.

Lowcountry Aviation will submit a site plan for buildings, parking, drainage, etc. within 180 days of execution of the lease for the city’s approval. Construction can begin 180 days after that approval.

Walterboro resident Carol Black expressed her concern with approval of the project, citing the number and size of planes flying into the airport affecting the quality of life for residents in the neighborhoods surrounding the airport.

Council also passed approval to join with the county and the Walterboro-Colleton Airport Commission in conveying by quit claim deed five acres at 418 Wellston Circle in the Industrial Area to SealCraft Corporation. The transfer of ownership will allow SealCraft, which has closed its Walterboro operations, to sell the property to another industry.


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