WAYNESBURG – The long-awaited business park development at the Greene County Airport is expected to be completed this summer after the county commissioners Thursday approved engineering design drawings for the project’s final phase.
The commissioners approved drawings prepared by Pennoni Associates for an access road that will run east of the new airport entrance and for a new parking lot to be built in what is now a grassy area east of the airport administration building.
The project is expected to be advertised for bids next week and the work will be completed this summer, chief clerk Jeff Marshall said.
A contract earlier was awarded for construction of the access road west of the new airport entrance. This section of road will lead to the three, two-acre lots fronting Route 21 that will be available for commercial development.
The contractor on this segment, Morgan Excavating LP, expects to begin work before the end of the month and will also be finished this summer, Marshall said. With the infrastructure completed, the business park will then be ready for prospective tenants.
“I’ll be happy when it’s all done and we can begin looking for a developer for the six acres,” said Commissioner Blair Zimmerman, who earlier noted development of the business park had been initiated several years before he first took office in 2012.
The project also had included construction of a new entrance to the airport, a new four-way intersection at Route 21 and Murtha Drive; construction of a new airplane hangar and demolition of four old hangars on the property that will be leased for commercial development.
The county hopes to complete the project primarily with grants. It has received more than $3 million in grant money for the project. The commissioners have maintained leasing the properties for commercial development will provide a stable revenue stream to help fund airport operating costs.
The commissioners Thursday also approved “mini-grants” for 11 recreation projects throughout the county totaling $21,000. The grants fund projects to enhance recreational facilities such as baseball fields and are for a maximum of $2,000 each.
The commissioners also approved grants for numerous community events and projects aimed at tourism totaling $35,000. The tourism grants are funded by the county and with proceeds from the state’s 3-percent county hotel room tax.
The commissioners also hired Sharon Rodavich at $40 an hour as a consultant for the Greene County Industrial Development Authority. During a salary board meeting, the board hired Breanna Fuller as a mental health director for the Department of Human Services at a salary of $48,500. She will replace Dean Virgili, who transferred to the position of jail counselor.