Ozark city officials eyeing expansion at Blackwell Field

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DOTHAN, AL (WTVY) If you build it, they will come.

It’s something Ozark city officials are banking on by building new T-hangers at Blackwell Field.

The city has been working with the Alabama Aeronautics Board on a revised airport layout plan. Part of that plan is to organize Blackwell Field for expansion they hope will ultimately drive economic development.

Specifically, officials are looking to construct up to three T-hangars. Each T-hangar can store up to 10 airplanes - commercial or private.

They would be located on the south end of the airport near the Bell Helicopter building.

Airport officials say they already have a waiting list to fill those spots with 17 pilots asking for a stall.

The estimated cost to build a T-hangar is about $470,000. Ozark Mayor Bob Bunting says they city has applied for a $250,000 grant from the state to help cover the construction cost.

Mayor Bunting says the revised layout plan will boost economic development for Ozark.

"We're going to have 10 more aircraft on the field," said Mayor Bunting. "Obviously, they are going to be buying fuel. They are going to be using our fixed base operator to either buy parts or repair their aircraft or do their annual inspection on it."

Ozark city officials hope to build at least one of those T-hangars by the end of this year. Mayor Bunting has already put in a request to the Dale County Commission for help with site preparation work.

The city has submitted a finalized airport layout plan to the Federal Aviation Administration for final approval. They estimate that will take 30-45 days.



 
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