New hangar planned at Jetport
by JOYANNA LOVE Senior Staff Writer
Aug 17, 2014 | 1387 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Plans are underway for the first private hangar at the Cleveland Regional Jetport for someone who was not at Hardwick Field.

Bob Miller is planning on building a hangar with office space and a maintenance area.

“We will also have a twin turbine helicopter in this building,” Miller said.

The hangar is being planned for a spot east of the existing Jones Airways hangar, according to Jetport director Mark Fidler.

“The project we are getting ready to commence here next month, looking at the taxiway to the access road, that will provide Bob’s hangar with access,” Fidler said.

Work on the taxiway for the hangar development for this southern portion of the Jetport is scheduled to begin Sept. 15.

The lease agreement for the hangar was discussed by the Cleveland Airport Authority in a meeting Friday.

Hangars are built by the individual or company, but the land on which the hangar is situated is leased from the city.

“You will be the first tenant at the airport who was not an old tenant, and we need to establish some procedures … an application of some sort just to build a file,” acting chair Lynn DeVault said to Miller.

A current draft of the potential lease agreement was not available at the meeting.

A reversion clause in the draft submitted by Miller would need to be discussed further, DeVault said.

“The reversion clause was a little different. It is probably almost workable,” DeVault said. “It essentially says if you get to the end of the lease and it becomes our property you have another year to market it as long as you are paying the rent.”

DeVault said the clause was “nonstandard” from the other lease agreements. She thought an agreement could be worked out.

Airport authority member LeRoy Rymer Jr. said he would work with Miller on ironing out the agreement.

Rymer also expressed concern that the design for the hangar did not have enough room for parking.

Miller said the space would meet his needs. An updated plan with the parking spaces designated will be presented to the airport authority at a later date.

Hangar development was also a topic of a report given by Fidler.

Funding for additional T-hangars, used for smaller planes at the Jetport, may be available to Cleveland if other areas have not used non-primary entitlement funds.

Airports that have more than $600,000 in unused block grants will have the excess taken and given to airports needing money for qualifying projects.

Fidler said Cleveland would need $850,000 in order to complete a building with 10 T-shaped hangars.

Fidler said the funding was awarded in $150,000 block grants.

Additional grants for the project could be applied for if needed.

Access to land was the focus of discussion under old business as DeVault expressed concern about owners of the former Hardwick Field airport having access to their lots.

Most of the lots have access from Ramsey Street, yet there was concern about a 9.3-acre track that is not continuous with another lot and is not connected to a city street.

DeVault said it appeared on the drawings used at the auction with access to the site. The maps showed 16 feet of land connecting to the site included an access, she said.

DeVault said the land belongs to the city, not the airport authority, and is not a city street.

“It was surveyed and presented at the sale as if the access was going to be conveyed,” DeVault said.

City attorney John Kimball said he did not have an immediate solution, and the issue would need to be worked out.

Attorney George McCoin has been looking into the issue but has not presented feedback to the city.

“If you are doing something to improve one of these tracks that a potential bidder might have known about, they might have bid on it,” Kimball said.

“I think the problem is the survey that was presented at the sale, included the 16 and a half foot access, which does not belong to the airport. It belongs to the city,” DeVault said.

“How do we have access when it belongs to the city and not the airport authority? ... I would say if the survey said it was going to be conveyed and it’s not, there is a diminution of value in the property.”

Solving the situation by having the city abandon the 16 feet of land was suggested as a possible option.

The board was notified by City Manager Janice Casteel that they needed paperwork authorizing the city to close on selling the property had been received from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Casteel said they would be working with the lot owners on Ramsey Street about acceptable driveways.

Although the zoning for the former airport site is Residential Agricultural (RA), the hangars are grandfathered in as a permitted non-conforming use because the structures were on the property before the zoning became RA with the closing of the airport.

Also during the meeting it was reported that the regional chapter of Sports Cars Club of America recently rented out the jetport tarmac for an event. The club paid $2,200 and has plans to return for four more events at the site.