Hendry County staff and elected officials along with contractors and consultants broke ground for the new terminal building at the LaBelle Municipal Airport on Tuesday, November 21.
The project, which is fully funded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), will result in the first newly built Hendry County government building since 2008.
“Hendry County is grateful to the FDOT and Federal Aviation Administration for funding the design, permitting and construction of the LaBelle Airport Terminal,” says Tommy Vaughan, Hendry County Airports Manager. “Those two governmental entities funded 100% of the project costs for the terminal.”
County leaders believe that the new and improved facility will lead to an increase in air traffic and a boost for the local economy.
“Hendry County airports already have the lowest fuel prices in the State of Florida,” stated County Administrator, Charles Chapman. “With great restaurants and an up and coming downtown district, the new terminal building will bring even more appeal to the City of LaBelle and Hendry County as a whole.”
The small, general aviation airport currently sees an estimated 16,000 take offs and landings and houses 75 aircraft on over 160 acres.
The current terminal is outdated with only 400 square feet of space and is not easily accessible from major roads.
The new terminal building area is 6,240 square feet and will consist of a pilot lounge, shower & restroom, office space, and will eventually include a restaurant.
The design and permitting costs for the new terminal were $266,590, construction costs are approximately $2,691,049, totaling in the amount of $3,190,720.
Contractors for the project are Owen Ames Kimball Company (OAK) and consultants are AECOM and Rock Enterprises.
Projected completion date for the terminal and infrastructure project is August of 2018.