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City to run new water line to airport

The Lawrence Municipal Airport is in the middle of plans that will ready the facility for further development.

September 23, 2009

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City commissioners on Tuesday agreed to move ahead on a project to build a new city water line to the Lawrence Municipal Airport in hopes of sparking new development at the facility.

Commissioners unanimously agreed to accept bids for the project in mid-October.

The water line is part of plans to attract at least two new businesses to the airport. Ottawa-based Hawkeye Helicopter tentatively has agreed to move its aerial inspection business to the airport, which would require building a new 15,000-square-foot hangar and office at the airport.

Lawrence-based DAR Corp. also has expressed an interest in building a new facility at the airport to house its aircraft design operations.

The water line would be installed on existing right-of-way along North Seventh Street and along U.S. Highway 24/40.

Comments

monkeyhawk 5 years, 4 months ago

Thanks to merrill for helping promote this vital service for the betterment of our local economy.

Janet Lowther 5 years, 4 months ago

Hopefully this means the plan to run a line across unincorporated land east of the end of Industrial Drive is dead.

quimby 5 years, 4 months ago

for now it's just a little water line for just a few economic dev. opportunities, but it certainly will make it easier for a larger project to get thru in the future. and, ironically enough, one is in the works. say goodbye to the prime ag. land and wetlands out there.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 4 months ago

When will the new business begin construction?

City Hall is spending money based only on the speculation of one expansion and a new business. What if these ventures back out? Any binding signed contracts on the table?

How much is this costing the taxpayers? How will these projects pay back the taxpayers? And when?

A Free Lunch is expensive: http://www.democracynow.org/2008/1/18/free_lunch_how_the_wealthiest_americans

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