While temperatures were chilly, there was an air of excitement at the Curtis Brown Jr. Field (Elizabethtown Airport) on Tuesday morning as dignitaries and guests gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new terminal building.
The new terminal, which will measure about 4,500 square feet, will be constructed on the site of the former terminal building and was designed by local Architect Chris Adams. The new terminal will feature office space, a conference room, a pilot’s lounge, classroom space, restroom facilities, kitchen space, shower facilities, and storage space. The projected completion date for the project is October 2018.
Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia Campbell welcomed members of the Elizabethtown Town Council, the Elizabethtown Airport and Economic Development Board, County Commissioners, and guests. Campbell said, “It (the airport) is a huge economic development tool. We are so thankful for that.”
Introductions included Elizabethtown Airport and Economic Development Commission’s Fred Tate, Architect Chris Adams, Graca Builders of Whiteville, and W. K. Dickson Engineer Brigid Williams.
The Curtis Brown Jr. Field (Elizabethtown Airport) has been undergoing a makeover, which includes the construction of a new terminal building and the repairing and repaving of the parking lot.
It was announced on Friday by the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Division on Aviation that the town of Elizabethtown has received grant funding in the amount of $35,000 for the parking lot repairs and $126,000 for site work for the terminal building.
Town Manager Eddie Madden said, “This (the grants) completes all of the funding needed (for the project).”
The town awarded the bid for the construction to Graca Builders of Whiteville in October.
“The notice to proceed was issued on Wednesday, November 29th, by W. K. Dickson,” said Madden. W. K. Dickson is serving as the engineering firm for the project.
The new terminal will feature office space, a conference room, a pilot’s lounge, classroom space, restroom facilities, kitchen space, shower facilities, and storage space. The projected completion date for the project is October 2018.
Madden said a groundbreaking is set for Tuesday, Dec. 12th, at 10 a.m.
The grants received by the town are part of more than $4.7 million which have been awarded to 11 airports in North Carolina for improvements, according to the Division on Aviation.