Concord moves ahead with airport expansion

Concord Regional Airport Director Rick Cloutier speaks to Concord City Council members at a work session on Tuesday.

CONCORD, N.C. -- Concord officials made concrete steps Tuesday toward the construction of a new terminal and parking deck at the Concord Regional Airport.

Council members passed one motion allowing airport staff to negotiate a financing agreement for the parking deck and related work not to exceed $6 million and another motion approving a $450,000 contract with The Wilson Group for parking deck design work. That amount is included with the $6 million.

The FAA and the state are paying for 95 percent of the new commercial terminal. The city’s 5 percent portion is estimated at about $1.06 million. About half of that will be part of the financing agreement, and the city will contribute another $500,000 directly.

Airport Director Rick Cloutier said terminal and parking deck construction will follow completion of the south ramp expansion authorized last year.

Increasing traffic from Allegiant Airlines and the potential for more low-cost carriers has created Concord’s need for a separate terminal and parking for commercial flights, city officials say.

The terminal will not be elaborate, but will provide space for at least two commercial carriers, rental car companies, limited concessions and office space to support those functions. Total square footage has not been determined.

The parking deck will have 700 spaces, 350 on each of its two levels, along with two elevators. The site grade will allow cars to drive directly into each level with no internal ramping.

City staff will make an application to the Local Government Commission and set a public hearing for the debt on Sept. 10.

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