Cleveland’s Hardwick Field officially closes Tuesday closes Tuesday
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
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 THE RUNWAY at Hardwick Field will have large yellow Xs on it Tuesday signifying the closing of the airport. Banner photo, HOWARD PIERCE
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Closure of Hardwick Field is on schedule for Tuesday.

“It’s a bittersweet day to see it close,” Cleveland Regional Jetport director of operations Mark Fidler said.

Fidler said most of the paperwork for the closure had been completed with the Federal Aviation Administration. The physical closure will be completed on Tuesday.

“That means I will be going over and putting large yellow Xs on the ends of the runways and turning off all the power to everything that is over there,” Fidler said.

Final announcements to pilots that the airfield is closed must also be filed with the FAA.

An environmental impact study was also completed as part of the shut down of the airport.

“We had to prove to the FAA that there weren’t any environmental hazards involved with closure of the fuel storage equipment,” Fidler said.

Buried tanks and fuel lines on the premises were removed. An above ground fuel tank was also drained.

Verrill Norwood of the Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority handled many of the shut down procedures.

Fidler said his part had been mostly paperwork with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Hangar owners at Hardwick have the option to remove the structure before the property is sold. Fidler said these hangars were constructed by owners who rented the land.

The property will be sold early next year. Fidler said the former airport would either be sold by sealed bid or through a public auction held by the City of Cleveland.

The deed to the property will stipulate that the land cannot be used as an airport.

Fidler said his hope is it would be sold in February.

“We want to sell it as quickly as possible,” Fidler said.

Revenue from selling Hardwick Field will be put toward paying off the debt incurred during construction of the Cleveland Regional Jetport.

Fidler said the transition from the old airport has been a smooth one.

“They (the pilots) were all very anxious to get over here,” Fidler said.

The hangars at the new airport feature many innovations that make the city owned T-hangers better for local aviators.

“It’s a very, very nice building,” Fidler said. “The buildings have electric doors. It’s all level entry, exit points out of the building. The hanger bays are in most cases larger than what they had at Hardwick. They are well lighted.”

Most of the Hardwick pilots have leased hangars at the jetport.