CARES Act Funds Gateway Airport Improvements


HYANNIS — The Barnstable Airport Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved $1.74 million to resurface a 23-year-old runway and an additional $693,000 to design and engineer an extension to Mary Dunn Way .

The Federal Aviation Commission is funding 90% of both projects, with the state matching 5%, said Katie Servis, Cape Cod Gateway airport manager.

Barnstable’s share of the Runway 624 resurfacing is $785,000, or 11% of the overall cost of the project, which was estimated at $13.5 million, but will likely be closer to $15.5 million. , said Servis.

The total cost of the Mary Dunn Way extension is $5.5 million, the majority of which is funded by the federal CARES Act economic stimulus package enacted in 2020.

The Hyannis-based airport received nearly $17.9 million thanks to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, but Servis expected a recovery two to four years after airport revenues down 30% during pandemic shutdowns.

Operational budget

Excluding CARES Act funds, the airport maintains a $1.2 million surplus, “above what we budgeted for,” Servis said.

Six months into the FY22 budget, spending is about $6.2 million, “which is pretty good” considering the airport’s $7.4 million projection , Servis said, and the drafting of the FY23 airport operating budget is 75% complete.

Sales of jet fuel, the airport’s main revenue generator, were up 24% in December from the same period last year and 26% overall, she said.

“More people in the general area around the airport are renting vehicles,” which has led to an increase in rental car revenue from $350,000 to $360,000 in previous years to $426,000 for 2021, said declared Servis.

The airport’s solar panels generated $147,000, though Servis said Eversource’s checks were about two months late.

The Landing at Hyannis

Servis said WS Development is “ready to go”, working with many potential tenants for The Landing at Hyannis, whose lease on what is now Capetown Plaza was approved by the airport’s Finance Committee in 2019. The airport owns the 27-acre site.

WS Development is planning a $45 million redevelopment, with 300,000 square feet of retail, dining, entertainment and open space. The company also said it would consider creating approximately 75 housing units with walking paths around a pond at the rear of the property, a village green that could be used as a picnic spot and a children’s play area which could be converted into an ice rink. in winter.

“We will see a lot of changes on this plot over the next year/year and a half,” Servis said.

Aeronautical training

Servis is meeting with representatives from Cape Cod Community College and Barnstable High School this week, from “AMT (Aviation Maintenance Technology) School of 4Cs is very interested in moving to the airport” next school year. She and her staff are exploring both the hangar and the classrooms to make this happen.

Website redesign

Commissioner Beth Young, head of the airport’s infrastructure and marketing subcommittee, said a redesign of the site is in progress and is expected to launch in March. Gateway Airport now offers two charging stations for electric vehicles, and signs reflecting the facility’s new name are installed along Route 6.

Noise reports

Seven residents registered nine noise complaints in the last quarter of 2021, bringing the total to 100 for the year.

Airport noise reduction coordinator Christina Lounsbury said three complaints were reported in October, one from Barnstable Village, one from Hyannis and one from Yarmouth; two in November, both from Hyannis; and three in December, from Hyannis and Yarmouth.

Commissioner Norman Weill noted that the volume of complaints was up from previous years; however, Lounsbury said the 2021 numbers are comparable to 2020. Complaints peaked at 2,366 in 2001 and have steadily declined.

“Complaints follow the seasons,” Lounsbury said. “We’ve had more operations and more people working from home. We’ve had a few Coast Guard and military operations. Planes are sometimes seen as flying low when most are at an appropriate altitude in terms of safety.”

Commissioner Bill Marasco noted, “We’ve seen a lot of helicopter complaints this (last) year.” He added that a structure is in place investigate each complaint.

Community Outreach

The first of the airport’s new series of community events, “Pottery and Planes” in November and “Holidays at the Hangar” in December, drew big crowds, but the Feb. 9 event at the airport was been canceled, Servis said. Rock Garden Painting is underway for March 31.

The Cape Cod Young Professionals have already booked the return of their big networking night for Sept. 22, and Servis said she plans to host an aviation career fair at the airport in October.

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