The board of the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport recently approved its first corporate hanger lease construction project, said Janet Yowell, executive director of the Edmond Economic Development Authority.
Guardian Aerial Pipeline Patrol LLC will pay for the construction of a 100X75-foot hanger in at the airport, Yowell said at Tuesday’s EEDA board meeting.
“EEDA loaned the Guthrie Industrial Development Authority $163,931 and that was so they could put infrastructure in. They could put water and sewer lines to the place where we have land for corporate hangers,” Yowell said.
Geoport will hook-up to the $4,000 of water and sewer money that EEDA has provided, Yowell said.
“They have to initially pay $4,000,” Yowell said. This funding will pay for the $2,000 hookup fee for sewer and the $2,000 hookup fee for water.
The first lease payment is anticipated to occur by June 1, said Justin Heid, Geoport manager.
“We’re in communication with somebody else that is working on a second hanger lease. Hopefully, it will be another win for us there,” Yowell said.
The City of Edmond has a renewable agreement contract with the City of Guthrie to assist funding the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport. Geoport’s board works with two city managers, two mayors, two city councils and two Congressional districts.
“We’re very excited,” Heid said. “Guardian Air Patrol is a company that has been here for a long time. They fly pipeline from the border of Canada to the border of Mexico. They are building a bigger hanger because they are expanding.”
There have been discussions about the two cities building a hanger collectively, Heid said.
“But at this point it has not been explored in depth,” he said.
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