Source: The Oak Ridger | Ben Pounds | September 28, 2020

2019 – Billy Stair talks about the Oak Ridge Airport

The city of Oak Ridge took another step toward a new general aviation airport in west Oak Ridge last Tuesday, authorizing an agreement with a contractor for an environmental study.

The land for the proposed airport is near the former site of the K-25 building.

“You might imagine that piece of land has been studied environmentally every way it can be studied. But it hasn’t been studied the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) way,” said Ray Evans, city economic development consultant, before the vote.

The environmental assessment contract will, when it goes ahead, be with contractor PDC Consultants of Franklin, Tenn., and their sub-consultant S&ME of Knoxville.

However, the $380,740 study won’t go ahead until the city gets funding for it, and that funding won’t come from the city of Oak Ridge. The resolution, available as part of the Sept. 22 meeting agenda, stated the city will first need to receive funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Tennessee Aeronautics Department. It states these are both “now in the process of being transferred to the city.” Also to go ahead with the study the city will need to receive scope and fee approvals from the FAA and the Tennessee Aeronautics Department.

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