July 11, 2013

City Considering Relocating Airport Hangars

Changing federal regulations are forcing the City of Memphis to consider expending a large portion of the annual non-primary entitlement (NPE) federal funding for the facility to relocate the facility's hangars.

Engineer Brian Garkie of Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. of St. Louis, met with city representatives at the Briggs-Smith Memorial Airport on June 21st. Four options were reviewed for relocating the hangars outside of the Runway Protection Zone (RPZ).

The city's airport annually receives $150,000 in federal funding for improvements. The project is administered by the Missouri Department of Transportation via a state Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

Currently the city has roughly $24,000 remaining from the 2009 entitlement and the full $150,000 from 2010. That was the last year the program required only a 5% match by the city. Effective with the 2011 funding cycle, the city is now required to match 10% of the grant.

Garkie indicated the city, pending arrival of the 2013 NPE funds in July or August, will have more than $623,000 of entitlement money to expend on airport projects.

Proposals under consideration were expanding the bituminous taxiway pavement area, virtually doubling the parking space for airplanes at the facility. At a price tag of more than $280,000, the city council and the airport committee agreed this was not a top priority.

Instead the groups focused their attention on meeting FAA guidelines by removing the hangars from the PRZ.

The city is currently considering several options provided by Garkie for such a project.

One proposal calls for the construction of a concrete access and hangar site southwest of the current apron (southwest of the current hangar site).

Garkie estimated the cost of such a project at $517,000, which does not include construction of new hangars. That would be phase two of the proposal, which would call for the construction of a new 12-day T-hangar, at an estimated cost of an additional $525,000.

The city is reviewing placement options for the expansion project in an attempt to best utilize available space at the airport while maintaining current CRP and crop ground rental agreements to maximize the facility's best revenue streams.

As proposed, phase one of the project would require the city match $34,674 toward the cost of the project.

Garkie indicated the proposed project would allow the City to utilize its remaining FY2009 funding in conjunction with FY2010 and FY2011 NPE to construct grading and paving for T-hangar taxilanes.

"The idea would be to get a design grant going now and include the FY2010 in the grant based on a cost estimate," he said. "We would then do surveys and geotechnical work this summer and design the project this fall/winter. Construction would be in the spring/summer of 2014. After that, a new 12-Unit T-hangar could be constructed in either the summer or fall of 2015 (after the FY2015 is released) and the old hangars could be removed after the planes are relocated. We could also consider trying to relocate the existing hangars but as old as they are, that probably would be a structural nightmare."

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