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Grove to build new airport terminal after Aeronautics Commission approves $500,000 state grant

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission has approved a $500,000 state grant for the city of Grove to build a $1 million terminal building at its municipal airport.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: May 14, 2014
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The state Aeronautics Commission has approved a $500,000 state grant for the city of Grove to build a $1 million terminal building at its municipal airport.

The city will be responsible for providing a $500,000 match for the grant. The grant, approved last week, is from the commission’s airport Capital Improvement Program, which the agency uses to determine how certain airport infrastructure projects are funded.

Airport Manager Lisa Jewett said construction of the new terminal will begin immediately.

Victor Bird, director of the Aeronautics Commission, said general aviation airports are “economic engines” for many Oklahoma communities.

“They provide businesses who own aircraft the ability to reach markets across our state and nation, or those markets unreachable by traditional methods,” Bird said.

“Those same businesses, not so coincidentally, also create much-needed jobs.”

About the terminal plans

The roughly 4,400-square-foot terminal building will include a manager’s office, a foyer with vaulted ceilings, a waiting room, a pilots’ lounge, break room with fuel sales area, secondary lounge, vending area and two exterior decks. The structure also will feature a conference room.

Jewett said the project would benefit Grove’s economy.

“We have an industrial park that is right behind our airport, and this project, along with plans to construct a new parallel taxiway and aircraft parking area, will help us attract more businesses to that site,” Jewett said.

Grove Municipal Airport has a 5,200-foot runway that can handle most business jets.