2014-08-04 / Front Page

$1.36 million flows from feds to Brunswick airport



Brunswick Executive Airport has received a number of federal grants from the Department of Transportation totaling $1.36 million.

The grants include:

— $182,088 for rehabilitating the terminal building’s roof

— $748,818 for improving drainage

—$433,224 for a fire protection system in one of the airport’s buildings

The terminal building is home to the airport’s fixed base operator FlightLevel Aviation, as well as Maine Coastal Flight. Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, which oversees development of the former naval air station, has recently moved its headquarters there.

About $1 million is being invested in the terminal building, including money from the Military Airports Program.

Roof rehabilitation is expected to cost around $300,000 total, according to MRRA Executive Director Steve Levesque.

Drainage improvement, which constitute the bulk of the grants, has been an ongoing project as the former base has been converting to civilian use.

The $433,224 in fire protection improvements will go to Building 295, which houses the fire suppression systems for the airports hangars and is in need of updating.

Awarding of the grants was announced Thursday by 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree, DMaine.

“Brunswick Executive Airport is a critical piece in the redevelopment of the former Navy base. Having the facility nearby is a draw to the innovative businesses that have come to Brunswick Landing and the area,” said Pingree in a written statement. “I’m excited that the airport will be able to make these improvements so it can continue to establish itself as a state-of-the-art facility.” jswinconeck@timesrecord.com

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