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Up to $1 million needed for fabric hangar site prep


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Now that city leaders have received approval to purchase a large fabric hangar for the Roswell Air Center, they are asking for authorization to spend up to $1 million for site work to place the hangar wherever it ends up on the airfield.

The large hangar is being purchased from a manufacturer in the northeast that is also expected to supply the wide-body hangar that Ascent Aviation Services will use for its maintenance, repair and overhaul business when it begins construction sometime in 2022.

According to Scott Stark, director of the Air Center, AEVEX Aerospace has provided a letter of interest indicating that it wants to use the Rubb Group hangar the city has purchased.

The Roswell City Council gave the approval for spending $650,000 for the structure during its Oct. 14 meeting. The purchase is still in process, according to city employees.

City officials have said that the manufacturer originally designed the hangar valued at $2 million for another customer, but was able to offer it at a reduced price when that customer did not want it. The hangar is 120 feet wide, 183 feet long and 26 feet high.

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At a Thursday meeting of the city of Roswell Airport Advisory Commission, Stark said that AEVEX might be the airfield tenant that ends up with the hangar for aircraft or warehouse purposes. AEVEX is an aviation and intelligence services company with headquarters in California that bought out a group of companies this summer that operated Matrix International Security Training Center (MISTIC) at the Roswell airfield. If AEVEX and the city don’t move forward with that plan, Stark indicated that the hangar structure could be used elsewhere on the airfield.

“What is estimated to get the building up, standing, ready to put some people in it is $1 million for site preparation and foundation and that sort of thing,” Stark said.

Kintigh explained that current city rules allow the city manager to expend only $60,000 without prior authorization of the governing body.

“The thinking here is that we go ahead and give the city manager the authority on this project to commit up to $1 million,” Kintigh said.

The five members of the commission voted unanimously to recommend the action to the city council and mayor. The next city council meeting is scheduled for Dec. 9.

Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 351, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.