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Truckee airport mulling $3 million multi-use hangar

Margaret Moran
mmoran@sierrasun.com
A plane takes off at Truckee Tahoe Airport.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Truckee Tahoe Airport District is still considering building a multi-user hangar that would serve aviation and community needs.

“Before we expend $3 million, we want to study all the details — both potential benefits and any potential negative ramifications in detail — before we decide to move forward,” said Kevin Smith, district general manager.

The proposal pegs the structure at roughly 14,000 square feet and about 36 feet tall — the same height as the airport terminal building, according to the district.

Amenities including meeting space, a prep kitchen and a stage are under consideration. The preferred location is by the airport’s beacon tower, next to the jet ramp.

Consultant Mead & Hunt is working on a concept and budget report to present to the district’s board of directors, Smith said.

The district is paying about $150,000 for that report, with funding coming from reserves, he said.

In January or February 2015, the airport board is expected to decide whether to move forward with the project by authorizing final designs and bidding on a concept of its choosing.

Based on bids that come in, the board will decide whether the district should construct the hangar, Smith said. If approved, construction would most likely start in spring 2016.

Potential uses include de-icing service for pilots for a fee; hosting large meetings, events and programs for local service groups and nonprofits; and a joint incident command center.

Estimated cost is $2.5 million to $3 million — which can change based on amenities chosen — covered by reserve funds, according to the district.

The hangar was identified last year during an airport master plan update outreach process as a favored capital project by both community members and pilots.

In August, a draft master plan was approved by the board and is under California Environmental Quality Act review, Smith said.

CEQA findings are expected in spring 2015, after which a final airport master plan can be approved by the board, he said.

The document will serve as the district’s blueprint for planning over the next 10 to 15 years.

Visit ttadmasterplan.org for information about the master plan or multi-use hangar project.