City seeking grant to upgrade airport

Published 4:43 pm Friday, June 28, 2013

Improvements could be on the way for Greenville’s Mac Crenshaw Memorial Airport.

On Monday, the Greenville City Council voted to apply for a grant that would help fund hangar improvements and taxilane development.

“This is the next thing we need to do to bring our airport up to date,” Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon said.

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The hangar improvements would increase the facility’s capacity, while also providing patrons with increased hangar options, such as a T-hangar and corporate hangar.

The estimated cost of the project is $58,285.52.

The City of Greenville would be responsible for $2,914.28, while $52,456.97 would come from a FAA Airport Improvement Program grant.  The State of Alabama would also contribute $2,914.28.

In recent years, the city has used FAA Airport Improvement Program grants to extend the runway to 5,500 feet, upgrade the lights along the runway, construct a taxiway that extends the length of the runway, place a new roof on the terminal, add a new heating and cooling unit to the terminal, upgrade the terminal’s electrical and plumbing systems and make improvements to the terminal to ensure that it meets the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

Time and time again, McLendon has stressed the importance of keeping Greenville’s airport up to date.

“The airport is vital to getting businesses to locate here,” he said. “The CEOs of these companies are extremely busy. They don’t have time to fly into Montgomery and spend an hour driving to Greenville. It means a lot of if they can land their plane here. It’s faster for them and it gives us more time with them, which increases our chances of getting them to locate their business here.”