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The Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority has greenlit a $4.2 million project to expand Pangborn Airport. Port Commissioners unanimously approved the plan, which includes constructing a taxiway and hangars.

Selland Construction of Wenatchee secured the contract with the lowest bid. They will handle pavement demolition, excavation, utilities, paving, fencing, lighting, and other improvements. Phase 1 involves an 800-foot extension of Taxiway B, creating eight development-ready hangar sites and a new roadway. Phase 2 will double the hangar capacity.

Funding for Phase 1 includes a $2,083,301 grant from the FAA and a $1,471,323 Regional Port Capital Contribution. Additional funding comes from a $316,301 Capital Facilities Charge for Pad A and a $298,282 Charge for Pad B. Negotiations are underway with Airlift Northwest for Pad A and a private company for Pad B. Port Director Trent Moyers emphasized the Port's commitment before attracting other builders.

The Washington Army National Guard will move into the Executive Flight Building in early 2024, displacing current tenants. Moyers expects a demand for hangar space before winter.

The project cost of $4.2 million marks a reduction from the initial estimate.

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