EDC nearing decision on new airport hangar

Working toward a goal that will ultimately provide Curtis Field with a new airplane hangar, the Brady Economic Development Corporation (EDC) met Wednesday to discuss possibly accepting one of three submitted construction bids. Wednesday’s special session was held to discuss details of the submitted bids and to act appropriately. Of the three qualified bids submitted, details of the low bid by W.T. Walker Co. brought questions of whether or not a complete bid had been proposed. After discussion amongst the EDC members, it was determined that the details in question would be clarified during a meeting on Thursday with a representative from W.T. Walker. Pending the results of the meeting, the EDC will choose to act accordingly at their next regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9. The proposed plan to build a hangar at Curtis Field directly affects Texas Aerocolor, a new airplane painting business that is currently in operation on site. Allen Woodson relocated his business here last April from Divine and has been operating out of the large hangar at the airport since that time. If approved and the funds allocated, the EDC will pay for the construction of the building. Texas Aerocolor will lease the building for business use. The cost of construction will be recouped over at 10-year time period and at the end of the payment schedule, the City of Brady will own the hangar. Texas Aerocolor will use the hangar for its airplane painting business and Woodson’s partner Lupe Dimas is considering moving his airplane mechanic business to the location once a facility has been built. The EDC opened bids on the proposed project on Dec. 6 and has until Jan. 20 to either accept or reject any or all bids. In a related development, a recent trip to the TxDOT Aviation Division by airport manager Joe Mosier has resulted in news of a possible grant from TxDOT to help build an additional ramp, apron and paving around the proposed hangar. In a three-hour meeting with TxDOT officials, it was discovered that the City of Brady qualified for a grant that would provide necessary ground work at the potential building site. This grant could be as generous as a 90/10 grant that will fund no less than $140,000 of the project. The cost of this individual project as designed by engineers is $167,000. According to Mosier, the detailed engineering study provided by Smith Western Engineering was done to TxDOT specifications and no additional studies will be needed to proceed with the application for the grant. An award date for the grant of Jan. 10 has been set.

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