Lancaster Airport Gets $2M State Grant for Hangar Project

May 30, 2024

May 29—Lancaster Airport will get $2 million in state funds for design and site work for new corporate hangars.

The state Department of Transportation announced the grant Wednesday. Funding will come from the state's Aviation Transportation Assistance Program, which was part of the state's 2023-24 capital budget.

Cheryl Martin, the airport's director of finance and administration, said the grant would go toward a complex of 3 new hangars, which would be built in phases on the north side of the airport's runway, along Millport Road. The project is in the design phase, and requires land development approval from the Manheim Township Board of Commissioners.

Current plans call for extending an existing water line through airport property, because the proposed site is not served by public water, and improving stormwater drainage. The site work alone is estimated to cost $2.9 million. The overall project budget hasn't been determined, Martin said.

The airport plans to seek bids for site work once the project is approved, possibly later this year, with work beginning in 2025. The timeline for construction of the hangars has not been determined, Martin said.

Hangars at the airport are in high demand, with 12 companies on a waiting list to lease hangar space. The airport is building the hangars as state funding becomes available.

In addition to the three proposed hangars, an existing airport tenant has proposed funding and building its own new 19,200-square-foot hangar along Millport Road. That project can be built to use well water until the new water line is completed, Martin said.


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