December 19, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The Port of Port Angeles has been approved for a $325,000
low interest loan to install new sewer lines at the William R. Fairchild
International Airport to service new hangars and aviation infrastructure.
The twenty-year loan, from the newly authorized Community
Aviation Revitalization Board (CARB), will fund installation of 1,300 linear
feet of sewer lines. The new lines will
allow for the development of a 120'x100' corporate hangar building, two 65'x60'
corporate/private hangar buildings and a 40'x250' private hangar building that
will house nine T-Hangars.
The new hangars will bring new jobs and economic activity to
the airport. They will also provide
facilities to support Port tenants and local business needs. The airport does not currently have any large
corporate hangers but there is strong demand from current tenants such as Life
Flight Network that want a hangar for their response aircraft that is currently
housed outside in the weather elements. Having
a large hangar available is also critical to recruiting commercial air service
back to the airport after a 5-year gap in service.
Port Commission President Connie Beauvais reacted to the Community
Aviation Revitalization Board’s decision,
“The new hangar development aligns with the Port’s mission
to bring people, resources and industry together to foster economic prosperity
and living wage jobs in Clallam County. The Port is thrilled to move forward
with this exciting project”
The Port anticipates finalizing design and engineering early
next year and completing the sewer line by the end of 2020.
The Community Aviation Revitalization Board was enacted by
the Legislature in 2019 to provide low interest loans to support economic
development at smaller airports around the state. The Port of Port Angeles is among the first
recipients of financial support from the program.
Port of Port Angeles Executive Director Karen Goschen expressed
appreciation for this important new program,
“The Port is grateful that the Legislature enacted this
program that targets economic development at smaller airports in Washington
State. We look forward to working with
CARB on additional economic development projects in the future”