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Merrimack Valley

May 11, 2014

'Restored to its glory days'

Airport's renovation plan includes art deco style

NORTH ANDOVER — If the state proceeds with a proposed $3.9 million renovation of the terminal at Lawrence Municipal Airport, visitors will get to admire the handsome redwood planks now covered up by a drop ceiling.

They’ll also get to view the interior of the terminal restored back to its original art deco architecture style of when it was built 56 years ago, according to Airport Manager Michael Miller.

“I can’t wait to see what the terminal looked like back in its heyday — when it had scheduled airline service,” Miller said as he discussed plans by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division to improve the airport’s administrative facilities.

“It will be like opening up a time capsule – to a time when we had airline service on Northeast Airlines from Lawrence to New York. This project represents the first major work on that building since it was constructed in 1958. It will be restored to its glory days,” Miller said.

Lawrence Municipal Airport is one of 15 general aviation airports throughout the state that would have new administrative quarters built or have existing facilities renovated under a five-year plan announced last week by MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey.

The $43.6 million in airport administrative building construction and improvements are part of a $12.7 billion transportation bond bill signed by Gov. Deval Patrick last month. The funds still must be appropriated for each project, which would be 95 percent state-funded with a required 5 percent local match. For Lawrence Municipal Airport, that would be a $195,000 cost for local government.

Project construction is estimated to take up to nine months. The design phase for the Lawrence Municipal Airport project is set for 2016 with construction to begin the following year, according to the MassDOT Aeronautics Division Master Plan for Administrative Building Programs at Massachusetts Airports, which was published April 4.

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