The airport proposed at Heritage Center in west Oak Ridge could feature a 5,000-foot runway, accommodate all but the largest business jets, and cost between $35 million and $45 million, an official said Monday.

The airport proposed at Heritage Center in west Oak Ridge could feature a 5,000-foot runway, accommodate all but the largest business jets, and cost between $35 million and $45 million, an official said Monday. Construction at the site is possible around 2017 to 2018, said Bill Marrison, president of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority. The airport would be built at the front of Heritage Center, the former K-25 site, and the runway would parallel Highway 58.

It could help recruit and retain industry, Marrison said. The K-25 site was built to enrich uranium during World War II for the world’s first atomic bombs as part of the top-secret Manhattan Project, and it was also used to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons and commercial nuclear power plants through the Cold War. Today, it’s being converted into a massive industrial park. Marrison said industrial parks and general aviation airports go together.

Source: Oak Ridge Today | John Huotari