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Genesee County awards contracts for new terminal at airport

BATAVIA – The Genesee County Airport’s role in years of economic growth will be capped next year with a new $6 million, two-story terminal as the result of action by the County Legislature.

About half the cost for construction of the 7,000-square-foot building was awarded to Building Innovation Group of East Rochester. Other bids covered electrical and mechanical work.

The terminal, located near the present building, will include offices, a pilot lounge, a flight school, a cafe and conference room. It will be larger and slightly farther from the runway to meet federal safety standards.

The county has owned the airport for 40 years. A decade of expansion and improvements using Federal Aviation Administration funds has converted the field into an important element in economic development with growing use by local businesses.

The runway was extended to 5,500 feet to accommodate business jets. Dozens of planes use hangars and tie-downs. Rents and fuel sales have produced profits in most of the past 10 years.

The terminal will be financed by $1.2 million in federal and state grants with the balance coming from a county bond issue. The Legislature has yet to vote on the borrowing but is expected to do so next month.

The project – including a new hangar – will get underway next spring.