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Grant money will help fund expansion at Leesburg International Airport

Leesburg city commissioners have unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the mayor and city clerk to execute a grant agreement between the city and the Florida Department of Transportation for an expansion at Leesburg International Airport,

The grant will provide $1.5 million to fund the Aircraft Hangar Buildings and Taxi Lanes Project. The project was designed using revenue generated by the airport. The project will be completed in two phases over the next two fiscal years.

The new hanger buildings will be constructed in the area outlined in red
The new hangar buildings will be constructed in the area outlined in red.

The grant funds will be used to fund the first phase of the project which will consist of excavating and grading of the 6-plus acres, stormwater pond modifications, relocation of underground utilities, and construction of asphalt taxi lanes.

Future phases of this project consist of one multi-unit storage box-hangar building, two multi-unit storage t-hangar buildings, and one multi-unit maintenance hangar building. This combination of hangars was unanimously recommended by the Airport Advisory Board and approved by the city commission during project design phase. The entire scope of the project will meet hangar demand.

Leesburg International Airport is a general aviation facility. Although commercial flights are not available, the field offers great opportunities for business and recreational pilots and is a central hub for transportation and commerce in this part of Central Florida.

With two runways extending up to 6,300 feet, the airport accommodates more than 60,000 aircraft takeoffs and landings each year.

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