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Springdale Airport Renovations on Hold

SPRINGDALE, AR -- A nearly $1-million renovation project has been in the works for years at the Springdale Municipal Airport.
The state estimates the economic value to the community of the airport and the terminal building to be about $10-million a year.
The state estimates the economic value to the community of the airport and the terminal building to be about $10-million a year.
SPRINGDALE, AR -- A nearly $1-million renovation project has been in the works for years at the Springdale Municipal Airport.

"When I first invested in Flaps Down Grill and built this business it was on the knowledge that the city, many members of the city council and the airport commission, that they were looking at remodeling the building... This was built circa 1985. It's been well kept, but it is 1985," said Bill Adams, Owner of Flaps Down Grill.

Adams' airport restaurant is taking off, and a fraction of the proposed construction cost would help quadruple his seating space.

"The remodel looks to be more of making this building into a community type center... The patio is actually just going to be the roof of the added conference rooms down below."

But the Springdale City Council recently tabled the renovation plans as they wait on final numbers for other future fixes.

"This project is one that does not qualify for federal grants or state grants so it would be 100-percent local money... They pretty well indicated that they think it's a project that needs to be done and that they're in favor of it. It's just making sure they've got enough money to cover it before they vote to approve it," said Wyman Morgan, Director of Finance & Administration of Springdale.

Total costs should be calculated in the next few months.

"If they can see that and they get the funds, I'd hope they'd quickly act on it and move forward," said Adams.

And both Adams and Morgan agree that increasing airport traffic and boosting business in Springdale is a top priority. The state estimates the economic value to the community of the airport and the terminal building to be about $10-million a year, so it is definitely a building they believe is worth investing in.

"There are five area airports that they could land at, but because we have quick service for food service for the pilots and the customers, they're able to come in, land here, buy gas here, spend money here, and then take off," said Adams.

"That's the first thing they see when they come to Springdale and we want them to be impressed and we want them to come back," said Morgan.

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