Taunton Municipal Airport commissioners and managers meet with representatives from Fennick McCredie Architecture of Boston to review administration building plans.
TAUNTON — Plans continue to take shape for a new, one-story administration building at the municipal airport, possibly including a small eatery and a locker room with showers.
Janna Kauss, of Boston-based architectural firm Fennick McCredie, and a colleague met Friday morning with several airport commissioners and managers, including commission chairman Fred Terra and Dan Raposa.
Kauss, whose company’s building projects include aviation-related designs, said there are 13 smaller airports around the state. Taunton’s airport is being improved at least a year ahead of schedule.
Word came recently from administrators with the Massachusetts’ Department of Transportation’s aeronautics division that the state would pay 95.5 percent of the estimated $4.7 million to complete the Taunton airport project. It will be up to the municipal airport to pay for the remaining 4.5 percent, or about $237,000. The new building will be about 5,500 square feet.
Commissioners Jan Boboruzian, and vice chairman Bob Adams, said after the meeting that the upgrades could make the Taunton airport a destination and bring more commercial business into the East Taunton airfield.
“We have to get back to that,” Boboruzian, Terra and Adams agreed.
“It’s a good airport,” Adams said. “It’s safe and secure.”
The restaurant would be on the smaller and cozier side, similar to a well run mom-and-pop eatery with good food at reasonable prices. It would not be a large chain, Boboruzian explained.
A new administration building, built to meet ADA requirements, could lead to other business operations from the airport on Westcoat Drive, such as a flight school.
Raposa said earlier, after a meeting where city councilors, residents and local pilots expressed concerns about how the airport is run, that he is aware not all are happy with the airport’s operations.
In particular, this includes members and supporters of the Taunton Municipal Airport Pilots’ Association.
“It’s a small minority,” Boboruzian said Friday, after the meeting. “They’re not the majority that they claim.”
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