News Release: Greene County Commissioners break ground on airport development
For Release August 30, 2013 Contact Person: Elizabeth Menhart, Communications Director Phone: 724-627-TOUR (8687) / Fax: 724-627-8608
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m., MondayFriday WAYNESBURG, PA The Greene County Commissioners today officially broke ground on a new T-hangar at the Greene County Airport in Waynesburg, the first phase of a business development project at the airport.
Pictured, from l. to r., are Max Loughman, president, S.O.A.R.; Dave Coder, chief of staff, and state Rep. Pam Snyder; state Sen. Tim Solobay; Greene County Commissioners Blair Zimmerman, Archie Trader and Chuck Morris; Lou Lazzaro, deputy chief of staff, U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy; Shane Vorce, transportation division manager, Pennoni Associates; Rebekah Sungala, constituent services, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster; Sharon Willison, chief of staff, state Sen. Tim Solobay; Corbly Orndorff, third chair, Franklin Township Supervisors; Don Ivill, president, General Industries; George Clendaniel, president, Management Engineering Corporation; and Robbie Matesic, executive director, Greene County Department of Economic Development. (Click image to enlarge photo)
"It’s taken us five years to get here," said Greene County Commissioner Archie Trader, who hosted the groundbreaking ceremony with Commissioners Chuck Morris and Blair Zimmerman. “I feel almost 10 feet tall that we can be here today to start this project.”
The 20,449-square-foot pre-engineered T-hangar will house 10 leasable airplane hangars, storage and maintenance space and a pilots’ community room. The new building will be located on the eastern side of the airport property and is expected to be completed next May. Plans also include the demolition of four existing hangars on the western side of the property, as well as the installation of new utility and storm water management facilities including a small bioretention system.
The construction project represents the implementation of the first phase of a business development plan for the airport, which calls for developing the property to be used at its highest and best value to generate revenue for the airport. The plan includes eventually leasing parcels along Route 21 for commercial development and the construction of a new entrance at the Murtha Drive signalized intersection.
"This is the beginning of many, many good things for Greene County," said state Sen. Tim Solobay. "Congratulations on starting this project and for making this little corner of the world a better place."
"This is truly a win-win for Greene County,” said state Rep. Pam Snyder, who, along with her chief of staff Dave Coder, was part of the Board of Commissioners that first began the airport development project. "I’m excited to watch construction begin."
The commissioners also welcomed the following officials for remarks during the ceremony: Lou Lazzaro, deputy chief of staff, U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy; Rebekah Sungala, constituent services, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster; George Clendaniel, P.E., president, Management Engineering Corporation (MEC) of Pittsburgh, project construction manager; Shane Vorce, transportation division manager, Pennoni Associates of Uniontown, project engineering design; and Don Ivill, president, General Industries of Charleroi, project general construction contractor.
The Franklin Township supervisors, members of S.O.A.R., a pilots’ organization, and other county officials were also recognized for their support and collaboration on the project.
Engineering design of the T-hangar was completed by MEC, Pennoni Associates and Tri-State Design and Development, Inc. of Carnegie. R.E. Yates Electric, Inc. of New Castle is the project’s electrical contractor.
Delta Development Group, Inc. of Mechanicsburg worked with the Greene County Commissioners and the Department of Economic Development to secure funding for the airport business park project through a combination of federal, state and local grants, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Economic Development Initiative, the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program and the Appalachian Regional Commission through the state Department of Community and Economic Development. The county is also using an allocation of its Act 13 natural gas drilling impact fee revenue, and is anticipating funding through PennWorks for water and sewage lines.