Plans are now fully underway for the construction of a 72,000 square foot hangar that will go up within the borders of the Roswell International Air Center.
The hangar, with an attached office measuring 13,000 square feet, will belong to Ascent Aviation and is expected to take at least $25 million to complete.
The project will be headed up by Western LLC, a commercial real estate development firm based in Denver.
Construction of the big hangar is seen as part of a larger effort on the part of airport officials to expand facility operations in Roswell.
Ascent Aviation, based in Marana, Arizona, specializes in aircraft maintenance operations, serving such aircraft brands as Airbus, Boeing, and Bombardier.
Financial support for the new hangar, which will also see the construction of a ramp and parking lot, is expected to come partly through State of New Mexico and Chaves County economic development funds.
Work on the hangar could begin by late spring, with a late 2021 or early 2022 completion date.
Ascent announced its plans to lease some 19 acres at the Roswell Air Center earlier this fall. At the time of that announcement, David Querio, president of the company, noted that heretofore planes parked at the Roswell Air Center had “limited options for heavy maintenance and service and had to be ferried out.”
The company’s presence at Roswell, continued Querio, will increase the likelihood of keeping aircraft maintenance jobs in New Mexico.
By Garry Boulard
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