In addition to news of a spec building to be constructed on Airport West Road for industrial and warehousing purposes, Mansfield City Council heard of another Lahm Airport development during its Tuesday committee meetings.
Attorney Bud Vetter, representing local investors Dan and Brenda Niss, shared news that they would like to invest $2 million in the facility for creation of a self serve fueling operation, also known as a “fuel farm.” This will allow for airplanes to easily fuel at Lahm, further enhancing its operational capacity.
Vetter shared that the project would also include the construction of a new hangar and would provide professional staff to the main, front counter in the airport terminal.
Strategic alliances are now being created with fixed base operator business entities, he added. He pointed to development which has taken place in Columbus by Lane Avitation as a larger example of what could happen in Mansfield.
The City of Mansfield would be making changes to improve the aesthetic appeal of the Lahm Airport terminal. Some HVAC systems would need to be relocated, but this is something already anticipated.
While land sales would fund part of the improvements, a tax abatement agreement would be sought at a future date, Vetter said.