City to vote on funding for airport expansion

By The Mercury

The city commission will vote Tuesday on whether to accept Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant funds for the next phase of the Manhattan Regional Airport passenger terminal project.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

When completed, the terminal building will grow from 12,500 square feet to approximately 42,000 square feet.

The expansion will have increased floor space for airline check-in, a larger baggage claim area, increased screening and secure holding space, and passenger boarding bridges.

The FAA grant of $5.36 million for Phase 2 will go towards work on the baggage claim, car rental, and meet-and-greet areas. The city will fund $1.9 million for Phase 2.

The first phase of the two-phase expansion project is scheduled to be completed in October.

Phase 2 will start late October or early November and be completed by the end of summer 2015.

The total cost of the project is about $17.06 million with the FAA funding $13.17 million and the city funding around $3.9 million.

The commission will also vote on creating a benefit district for alley and sidewalk improvements associated with the Bluemont Hotel. The total cost of the project is $145,000 with $22,939 from the city-at-large.

Other agenda items include discussions about installing a distributed antenna system to accommodate increased bandwidth use and the commission’s goals and priorities for 2014.

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