Airport Discusses Mildred’s Redevelopment With Town

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By: James Kinsella
Published: 08/24/12

The Barnstable Municipal Airport is in discussion with Barnstable town officials about the redevelopment of the former Mildred’s Chowder House property on Route 28 in Hyannis.

Following Tuesday’s airport commission meeting, commission Chairman Ronald D. Persuitte said he had met with Town Manager Thomas K. Lynch and Assistant Town Manager Mark S. Ells concerning the airport’s interest in rejuvenating the property.

Mr. Persuitte said airport officials also will be meeting with Jo Anne Miller Buntich, director of Growth Management for the town, concerning the matter.

The airport owns the property, which has sat unused for years.

The restaurant building itself was razed several years ago.

Mr. Persuitte said the airport has let the property sit vacant for a number of years at the request of the town, which is interested in reducing traffic congestion in the area near the airport.

But the chairman said the airport already has played a role for years in reducing traffic congestion by its previous conversion of a gasoline service station at the Airport Rotary to a small park.

The chairman also said other property owners in the area have been building new structures or rehabilitating older ones.

He said the airport wants to realize income from the Mildred’s property to better fund its operations.

The airport operates as an enterprise fund within town government.

In other developments, Mr. Persuitte and airport manager Roland W. (Bud) Breault Jr. plan to meet September 18 with the Yarmouth Board of Selectmen to discuss runways at the airport.

Mr. Breault said Tuesday that given a recent media report, Yarmouth officials apparently are concerned that the Barnstable airport is interested in extending one of its runways.

But the airport manager said the Barnstable airport has no intention of extending the runway.

Mr. Breault said the airport plans to file a final environmental impact report by September 15 with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office.

The report addresses potential environmental impacts associated with the future build-out of the airport.

Although the airport build-out plan represents the overall potential for development at the airport over the next 10 to 12 years, airport officials have said some of that development may not occur within that time frame, if at all.

Future improvements may include a series of general aviation and corporate hangars, or modification of existing facilities with a combined footprint of 175,000 square feet at the East Ramp; 35,000 square feet of additional hangar space on the North Ramp; expansion of the East Ramp Apron to facilitate the parking of general aviation aircraft; expansion of the North Ramp apron; and lease/redevelopment of the former Mildred’s Chowder House site.

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