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Unity commission clears hangar at Palmer Airport

| Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, 12:01 a.m.

Unity's planning commission recommends that supervisors approve a 30,000-square-foot hangar at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport as well as a 3,300-square-foot addition to an existing hangar.

At the commission's meeting Tuesday, Raena Lindemuth of GAI Consultants presented the plan for the hangar, which will be owned by L.J. Aviation.

In October, the airport received word from PennDOT that a $630,000 grant from the state's Act 89 Multimodal Transportation Fund would aid in the hangar construction.

The airport authority is responsible for preparing the infrastructure, then L.J. Aviation will build the hangar and lease the space at 83 cents per square foot per year as a part of the public-private partnership.

All 20 hangars on the airport property, including the five already operated by the company, have similar lease agreements.

A smaller existing hangar will be replaced by the hangar which will be built to accommodate a Boeing business jet. The construction will include 32 parking spaces.

Both the new hangar and the addition are east of the terminal building and visitor parking areas on the airport property near the intersections of Routes 30 and 981.

Commission members and township staff were concerned about airplane and vehicle traffic patterns intersecting to accommodate the new hangar, but after discussion with Lindemuth, the access road will be shown on an updated plan and remain similar to the current patterns.

The addition to the existing hangar, owned by L.J. Aviation, will extend within 10 feet of another hangar.

The township code requires the plan show fire-resistant materials and proper space between buildings, said Merle Musick, building code official for the township.

Commission members recommended approval of the addition to township supervisors.

In other business, commission members tabled a proposal from Phantom Enterprises L.P. to develop a two-acre site along Route 30 between First Commonwealth Bank and Long John Silver's restaurant.

A garage on the property at 3920 Route 30, owned by Mike Rossi, would be demolished for a four-unit, 10,000-square-foot retail development.

After traffic concerns were discussed, the plan was tabled so the developer can request changes to connections between the property and its neighbors.

Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or sfederoff@tribweb.com.

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