Airplane hangar project nearing start date

The Brady City Council’s approval of the third reading of an ordinance providing a 10-year lease for land at the Curtis Field airport to the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) sets the wheels in motion for the construction of a new airplane hangar at the Brady airport. The ordinance approval was one of three necessary steps required to begin the process of building a hangar that will be leased to Alan Woodson and Texas Aerocolor, an airplane painting business that relocated to Brady last year. The second step is a lease agreement between the EDC and Texas Aerocolor. This lease consists of a 10-year agreement that will amortize the cost of the hangar to be paid by Texas Aerocolor. According to EDC officer Mike Trollinger, the EDC and Texas Aerocolor have signed a lease detailing the amortization process and all necessary terms and conditions. The third and final step of the process involves a contract with a qualified contractor for the actual construction of the hangar. As of Feb. 28, a contract has been signed with M.B. Bender Construction Company of Kingsland. According to terms of the contract, once a pre-construction meeting has been held and a notice to proceed has been issued, actual construction will commence within 10 days of the meeting. Terms of the contract state that completion of the project must occur no later than July 1. According to Trollinger, there will be a pre-construction hearing within the next few days. The construction of the hangar and the skirting and paving surrounding it will consist of three separate projects’laying electrical and utility lines, grading and paving and physical hangar construction. A unique factor of this project is that approximately 85 percent of the $166,190 cost of ground work and paving will be funded by the state. The remaining portion was built into the loan balance that will be paid for by Texas Aerocolor. “Texas Aerocolor is paying for the entire cost of the hangar,” said Trollinger. “The city of Brady has agreed to provide electricity and utility lines that will cost approximately $10,000.” The entire cost of the hangar will be recouped over the next 15 years and following that, the hangar will become the property of the City of Brady.

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