By a vote of 4-1, the Bethany Planning and Zoning Commission approved phases one and two of the Airport Community Center project last night in a meeting that adjourned at about 11:00PM. Kim McClure Brinton cast the dissenting vote.
In a presentation by Steve Whitaker of the architectural firm of Ames and Whitaker of Southington, he explained that Phase 1 of the project is the demolition of the old hangar building which was deemed unsalvageable by the project engineer and environmental consultants.
Phase 1 will also include site preparation for the construction of the new building which will resemble the old hangar. Also included in last night’s approval is phase 2 of the project; the construction of the prefabricated Quonset hut. Mr. Whitaker indicated that completion of phase 2 is expected by the fall.
After phase 2 is completed, the building will be useable for providing cover in inclement weather for such events as the Lions Club Tag Sale and the Farmers’ Market. The Airport Restoration Committee will apply for Phase 3 approval once sufficient funding is obtained to proceed with the completion of the building.
After the meeting adjourned,
Art Slicer, chairman of the Airport Restoration Committee and a member of the
original planning committee said, “Tonight’s vote is a major milestone in
achieving our long awaited goal of making the airport property the centerpiece
of our town. I’m very proud of our
committee members and excited that this project is nearing completion. With the support of our fundraising efforts,
phase 3 will represent the completion of this project and serve the community
for years to come.”