Hangar to rise at Crestview airport

hangar pic dan gilmore Okaloosa County airports

A hangar to be built by developer Dan Gilmore will be comparable in size and construction to this example provided by Okaloosa County Airports.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, January 28, 2013 at 10:04 AM.

CRESTVIEW — What local and county officials frequently call "Crestview's economic generator" is on the verge of generating yet more economics for the north county.

The Okaloosa County Commission at its Tuesday morning meeting approved a lease with a Pensacola developer to build a 60,000-square-foot hangar at Bob Sikes Airport.

Dan Gilmore, owner of Rondan CEW LLC, has been interested in building a hangar "on speculation" to rent to future tenants, Airports Deputy Director Mike Stenson said.

"He’s been looking long and hard to build hangars," Stenson said. "He’s a developer. He’s developed communities, residences, subdivisions and that sort of thing. He saw the opportunity with Airbus coming" to Mobile, Ala. The European aircraft consortium plans to open a plant in Mobile that is expected to provide vendor opportunities into Northwest Florida.

Gilmore looked at general aviation airports throughout Northwest Florida, including some in Bay, Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties, “but he chose Crestview because of the leadership we have in place and all that we’ve done for the airport," Stenson said.

He reportedly selected Bob Sikes Airport specifically for County Airports Director Greg Donovan, Stenson and Deputy Director Tracy Stage's involvement.

"When I asked around and inquired the first time, you could tell they wanted somebody up there (in Crestview). It's always nice to be wanted. When you want something, you can do things to make sure it gets done," Stenson said.

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