Hangar to rise at Crestview airport

Published: Monday, January 28, 2013 at 10:04 AM.

"He liked that it’s pre-permitted and all the storm water mitigation that’s been done and the taxiways that we enlarged," he said. "It’s an ideal environment for any aerospace company that wants to grow."

The county airports department was tasked with enhancing Bob Sikes' infrastructure over the past five years, obtaining more than $32 million in grant money to resurface the 8,000-foot runway, widen the taxiways, refinish aprons, add runway lighting and install utilities for future growth.

"No taxpayer dollars from the area have been used at all," Stenson said, emphasizing that grants have funded improvements. "We’ve been really aggressive in going aftergrant money. Obviously, it’s paying off. We’ve got everyone looking at it. We have developers wanting to build hangars there."

With a 140,000-square-foot footprint, Gilmore's project near the runway's northwest end will encompass the hangar, an aircraft parking apron, a parking lot for vehicles and administrative offices, Stenson said. The plan was to build the facility and attract a tenant.

"He’s been talking to other aerospace companies," Stenson said. "Once the word got out what he’s doing, his phone’s been ringing off the hook."

In fact, Gilmore said, he's already signed a tenant.

"I can't disclose who it is at this point, but you'll be very proud of him," he said.

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