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Legislature Authorizes Airport Parking Expansion

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The Legislature approved a contract to expand the long term parking lot at Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport--'one year earlier than called for in the airport's master plan--'and an interfund loan to help with cash flow to expedite the work.

The master plan calls for parking lot expansion in 2011, but recent increases in passengers using the airport terminal have been so great that the terminal lot is repeatedly filled to capacity, and it's feared parking needs will exceed capacity during the busy Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods.

The Legislature, by a 14-1 vote (Legislator Will Burbank voting no), first approved a $140,000 interfund loan from the County's general fund to the airport capital project fund, with the Airport to repay the loan over three years through parking revenue, through annual principal and interest payments of $49,229 per year. By unanimous vote,

Legislators then authorized a consultant agreement with C&S Companies of Syracuse to design the project, which will add about 65 more spaces at an estimated cost of $140,000.

Some legislators expressed concern about removal of trees necessary to accommodate the extra spaces, noting that in keeping with the Airport's environmental goals, it would be desirable to replant an equal number of trees to those removed during the expansion. The Facilities and Infrastructure Committee will review final design before bids are requested.