Cape Cod Gateway Airport has received a $17,971,966 federal CARES Act Grant that will enable two strategic projects to be completed.
The funding, which is being supplied to airports throughout the country in response to the economic hardships suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be used for the Mary Dunn Way Extension Project and the Airport Operations Remodel and Replacement T-Hangar Project.
“The federal funding that we received in fiscal years 2021 and 2022 has enabled us to implement a number of our business plan goals, fund the majority of our capital improvements and operating costs, as well as rebuild the Airport reserves,” explained Airport Manager, Katie Servis.
Initially created in 2018, the business plan has already seen some completions, project launches and recurring item completions. The plan has four major goals:
- Maximize airport use by private and corporate individuals;
- Create opportunities that maximize the airport’s financial self-sufficiency;
- Offer more air carrier opportunities to area residents, solidifying the future of air transportation at Cape Cod Gateway Airport;
- Enhance the airport image as a solid transportation entity and community resource.
CARES Act dollars can be utilized for items not normally funded through typical federal grants the Airport receives from the government.
The Mary Dunn Road Project, expected to be completed this fall, will create an extension to provide direct access to the East Ramp from Route 28 and all of its facilities and businesses. This development is vital for aviation businesses to establish themselves at Cape Cod Gateway AIrport, as well as for the replacement T-Hangar Project to be completed, Servis said.
The Airport Operations Remodel and Replacement T-Hangar Project is expected to be completed in July 2023.
“These projects will greatly enhance our customer service experience by offering ‘first in class’, comfortable and inviting facilities and services to both recreational and corporate aircraft owners and flyers,” said Servis. “It will modify the current Airport Operations Office, which currently doubles as a pilot lounge and reception center, as well as replace one of our current T-hangars. In order to remain as green as possible, the T-Hangar Project will also include an option for future rooftop solar power.”