A preliminary image of the new Darke County Airport terminal by A. Neider Architecture of Canfield, Ohio.

Commissioners to replace airport terminal

The project will be paid for with funds from FAA AIP Grant

VERSAILLES—The Darke County Board of Commissioners have recently started the large task of replacing the Darke County Airport terminal.

Due to a change in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) obstruction evaluation height, the current terminal does not meet FAA standards.

“The biggest thing is the obstruction of the approach, and how high it is now,” Airport Manager Scott Naas said. “It impedes the critical area. It’s the safe area. With this [terminal] being moved, it will take out that problem the FAA views and also just improve the efficiency of the building. The cost to heat, and cool this is insane.”

Once complete, the new terminal will be about three times the size as the current terminal, and will include a mezzanine.

“It’s going to be really open,” Naas said. “There’s not going to be any closed off rooms.”

The project is funded largely by the FAA Airport Improvement (AIP) Grant. The engineer’s estimate for the project is $1,312,000.

“With these grants, this opportunity doesn’t come very often,” Naas said. “The FAA will cover most of it. There is going to be some items that the FAA won’t. The one item is my office. If it’s not public use, they can’t pay for it. But everything else is covered.”

While it’s a big undertaking for the county, the project will definitely pay off.

“The project is going to be huge,” Naas said. “It will bring in a lot more business too. Obviously, a brand new building people want to come and visit. Long term, we can build hangers or interested parties will want to keep their planes here for the new amenities.”

The commissioners recently set a Fixing of Date for sealed bids regarding the project. The project includes construction of a new terminal building along with associated site improvements, parking lot, all utility coordination and installation for the terminal building.

Sealed bids for the project are due to the board by Thursday, May 26, at 1:15 p.m. at 520 S. Broadway St., Greenville, Ohio 45331. Bids will be opened and read at regular session that same day at 1:30 p.m.

Abigail Miller / Editor

Abigail Miller is a Greenville native, Kent State graduate, writer, crocheter, shopaholic and friend. Contact Darke County Now Reporter Abigail Miller at amiller@darkecountynow.com.

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