Thursday, August 31, 2017

County commissioners to vote on Forsyth Tech airport lease: Smith Reynolds Airport (KINT), Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina

Today, Forsyth County commissioners plan to vote on Forsyth Technical Community College’s lease at the airport, construction of the Lowrance-Paisley schools and Sunday morning alcohol sales.

An Aviation Career Development Center at Smith Reynolds Airport was one of the projects in Forsyth Tech’s 2016 bond referendum. The commissioners are scheduled to vote on leasing three acres of land at the airport, which the county owns, to Forsyth Tech. The college will then build and run the aviation center, where students will learn how to work on the mechanical body of planes.

Last week, the proposed 40 year lease was 35 cent per square foot or $45,738 annually. That may change as county commissioners wanted to see if that could be negotiated down a bit with the Airport Commission, which runs the airport, since Forsyth Tech will be using the funding it gets from the county to pay the lease.

Airport Director Mark Davidson said it’ll be a very beneficial program that will give tenant businesses at the airport the trained workers they need.

“It’s a great marriage for the airport, Forsyth Tech, the county and our tenants at the airport,” Davidson told commissioners in a briefing earlier this month.

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