North Carolina town planning major airport upgrades

January 31, 2024

The North Carolina city of Statesville will use $15.5 million to make a series of improvements to its regional airport, including construction of a terminal building. Currently in final design, bids will open the third week of February. Construction is expected to begin in March, with completion slated for August of 2025.

City Council members recently accepted a $15.5 million non-matching grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, $6 million of which will go toward the four-story airport facility. The other $9.5 million will be used to develop a pad-ready site that will house one or two hangars.   

The airport’s first floor will include a VIP office, customer service area, galley for seating and food, a “pit stop” vending area, small conference room and several rental offices. The second floor will feature a pilot lounge, boardroom, coffee bar and an overlook. Third-floor amenities will include an overlook with an outdoor patio that glows at night, with space that could accommodate a restaurant. The entire building will include two-story atrium bubble lighting to mimic the airport’s hot air ballon festival. The project is estimated to cost $12.5 million.

The existing building will be demolished and replaced with temporary facilities before the new facility takes its place. Officials in the city 41 miles north of Charlotte said the temporary facilities will remain operational during construction.

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Photo courtesy of the city of Statesville, North Carolina

Paul Stinson

Paul Stinson has more than 15 years of journalism experience, including a decade covering the legislative and regulatory affairs of Texas, South Africa, and Germany for an affiliate of Bloomberg, L.P. His experience includes covering voting rights and the sectors of environment, energy, labor, healthcare, and taxes. Stinson joined the team in October as a reporter for SPI’s news publications, which include Government Contracting Pipeline, Texas Government Insider, and the newly-launched Government Market News. He is also a Fulbright Scholar to Germany, and an Arthur F. Burns Fellow. He holds a master’s in journalism from Indiana University.   

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