Several projects at Killeen–Fort Hood Regional Airport are now moving forward following a city council meeting Tuesday evening.
In December, the airport presented plans to apply for a grant to make improvements to one of the taxiways. The council approved a loan for more than $700,000 to fund the planning measures required to apply for the grant. They approved a new designer for the project Tuesday.
“The big picture is development. You always have to have taxiways, which aircraft have to get to and from the terminal and to the runway. Our taxiway has not been rehabilitated since it was built 16 years ago. It’s time for that upgrade to that,” said Matthew Van Valkenburgh.
The council also approved a new concessions agreement featuring coffee and bar service as well as a sandwich shop.
Finally, the council voted to approve improvements to a commercial hangar at the airport. A commercial client asked to make significant upgrades to the space.
“For a tenant that wants to put this amount of money into a hangar, it just does nothing but increase the value of the hangar. It’s going to enhance his business, his business model. He’s going to be able to do more and more with what he has in the hangar. It’s just going to increase the value of everything that we’re doing there," said Van Valkenburgh.