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Firm looks to spread wings in new hangars

A plan to expand the Nevada County Airport would bring $22,000 of new money yearly to the facility east of Grass Valley.

American Pacific Holdings Inc., of Southern California seeks to build four new buildings housing 23 hangars. The project is expected to cost $1.8 to $2 million to construct and local subcontractors will be used, according to firm spokesman Les Whittlesey.

Three buildings totaling 29,000 square feet are proposed for the east end of the airport near eight existing hangars owned by the county. The buildings would produce 20 new hangars.

Plans also call for a 9,700 square-foot building with three hangars on the west end of the airport next to Alpine Aviation and Sierra Mountain Aviation, according to Airport Manager Greg Marshall.

“It will add $22,000 a year to the airport’s revenue fund,” Marshall said.

American Pacific representatives will present their proposal to the county Planning Commission at 1:30 p.m. today at the Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave., in Nevada City.

American Pacific won a bid two years ago to build the hangars because of its experience in the field. The firm has a 40-year lease on the property the hangars will stand on, and they become county property at the end of the lease period, Marshall said.

Seven of the hangars will hold two planes each, so the construction would produce 30 new protected storage sites to replace 28 existing tie-downs out in the open, Marshall said.

People with tie-downs supplanted by the buildings will be moved to others, Marshall said. Currently, the airport has 102 hangars with 60 to 70 tie-downs, Marshall added.

American Pacific is marketing the airplane parking spots to pilots on a hangar waiting list Marshall has been compiling, he said. The firm received enough commitments to go ahead and start the project, he added.

Also on the Planning Commission’s agenda are:

• A proposal to combine use permits for the old Camp Venture Creek and Camp Minaluta several miles north of Nevada City into a single permit for the Salvation Army’s 101-acre Camp Del Oro. The camp off Lake Vera-Purdon Road can house up to 276 campers and staff members.

• An application to turn the three buildings at Gateway Industrial Park on Commercial Avenue in Penn Valley into 15 industrial condominiums.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call (530) 477-4237.

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