Jones Airways LLC recently broke ground on an 18,000-square-foot hangar, Stephen Wright is finishing an 8,000-square-foot building and Dr. Tim Viser will soon start on a 2,000-square-foot hangar.
Perry Stone of Voice of Evangelism and Mark Johnson of J&S Restaurants have put down deposits on sites.
In addition, Jetport manager Mark Fidler is in discussions with an investor from Texas who is interested in building a hangar at the new airport.
The Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority recently awarded a $1.73 million contract to Merit Construction of Knoxville for 20 T-hangars.
Fidler said Monday afternoon all of the T-hangars are leased and he is starting a waiting list.
“I expected them to be occupied and that’s what I indicated in the proposed budget,” Fidler said.
The T-hangars should be finished by late August or early September.
Fidler said that in the not too distant future, he expects to see more T-hangars or another large community hangar.
In addition to hangar construction, anchors for 10 planes should be installed on the tarmac by the end of the week.
Fidler said the airport is attracting business travel to Cleveland that was not possible at Hardwick Field. Recently, Renfro officials flew to Cleveland to announce a major expansion at its plant on Michigan Avenue Road. In August, Whirlpool Corporation is hosting a conference that will bring in nine jets.
“Neither one of those would have been possible at Hardwick,” he said. “Pilots are beginning to find us. More people will find us after the Instrument Approach Procedures are published at the end of this month.”