Alpena County Regional Airport has plans for new terminal

airportThe airport serving northeast lower Michigan is planning to build a new passenger terminal that would be triple the size of its current facility.

Alpena County Regional Airport is currently applying for grants with MDOT and the FAA, that would pay design and construction costs.

The current terminal is over 50 years old and wasn’t designed for post 9-11 security requirements.

Steve Smigelski is the airport manager.

He said, “By building an 18,000 square foot terminal we’d have a proper baggage screening area, we would also have proper facilities for the passengers after they’ve already gone through the TSA checkpoint and it’s just going to generally improve the flow through the whole airport.”

Smigelski said the airport could receive word on the first grant it applied for within the next 90 days.

He said if everything moves forward as planned, the airport should break ground on the new terminal in 2017.