WINCHESTER — Winchester Regional Airport has been assured by the Virginia Aviation Board that it will receive a $205,000 grant to help fund design work for a new terminal building.
The grant is an 80/20 match, with $164,000 coming from the state Department of Aviation and $41,000 from the City of Winchester and Frederick County.
The airport wants to replace its outdated, 9,245-square-foot terminal on Airport Road, which has poor insulation, heating and cooling issues, and structural problems. A consultant told airport officials it would be more cost-effective to build a new terminal than repair the existing one. In 2017, Price Studios showed conceptual designs for a 9,109-square-foot terminal. Plans call for the new facility to be closer to Airport Road, about 200 feet south of the current terminal.
Airport Director Nicholas Sabo told The Star the current estimate is $565,000 to do sitework design and building design. Sitework design, slated to cost $205,000, will be funded by the grant.
According to Sabo, the Virginia Aviation Board meets quarterly and determines what projects it’s able to fund. He said Winchester Regional Airport received a tentative allocation last month to fund the sitework design. The airport must still submit a grant application. Sabo said airport officials expect that the application will be approved and a formal grant offer made within 30 days.
The county’s Capital Improvement Plan estimates the new terminal will cost $6,115,400 to build and that the project will be completed by fiscal year 2022, contingent on funding.