WINCHESTER — In an effort to reach out to the public, the Winchester Regional Airport plans to rebrand itself and create a new website.

Airport Director Nicholas Sabo announced Thursday that the Virginia Department of Aviation gave the airport a $7,500 grant that the airport intends to match to do these projects. The Winchester Regional Airport Authority unanimously voted during its meeting Thursday night to proceed with executing the grant and awarding the project. The rebranding will include the development of a new logo.

After the airport awards the rebranding project, the process should last about 60 days. Sabo says he hopes the project will start before the end of the year and wrap up in the spring.

Sabo said the airport has never had any consistent branding.

“There’s been no standalone logo for the airport that has been consistently used over the years,” Sabo said.

The rebranding is part of a larger effort by Sabo to raise awareness of the airport’s activities and to make the local community more aware of what the airport does. In October, the airport hosted a stakeholders meeting, a legislative meeting and a transportation forum.

Also at the meeting, Sabo announced that the airport has issued to National Abatement and Wrecking LLC a notice to proceed on the demolition of four airport-owned buildings on Bufflick Road.

The demolition is part of the first phase of a project that will relocate the airport’s taxiway 100 feet south. A taxiway connects the runway to the apron, hangars and other facilities to provide a path for aircraft. The taxiway is being moved to meet revised Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards that require 400 feet of space between the taxiway and the airport so that large aircraft don’t hit each other. The four properties on Bufflick Road were acquired with grant assistance between 2013 and 2018 to facilitate the relocation of a taxiway.

The Authority accepted grant offers from the Federal Aviatioxn Administration (FAA) and Virginia Department of Aviation (DVOA) totaling $206,550 and $17,680, respectively to fund the demolition project. National Abatement and Wrecking LLC with $137,510 was the low bidder for the project. The work will last for approximately 50 days and is expected to start Nov. 13.

— Contact Josh Janney at jjanney@winchesterstar.com

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