The city is aiming to make Spinks Aiport — now subsidized by the well-performing Fort Worth Meacham Airport — self-sustaining with a package of improvements, including $9 million in upgrades to roads, runways and hangar space.
Spinks has a $248,000 annual budget deficit, its manager, Aaron Barth, said at an infrastructure and transportation committee meeting Tuesday.
Councilman Jungus Jordan, on the committee, urged the staff and fellow council members to continue the redevelopment plan at Spinks to better prepare for the rapid growth expected in south Fort Worth. Spinks is off I-35W in south Fort Worth.
“We all know Spinks is an untapped resource,” Jordan said, calling the master plan to get Spinks on track a good one.
The master plan includes building a 3.3-mile, two-lane service road to connect the east and west sides of the airfield. The Texas Department of Transportation is funding 90 percent of that $2.2 million cost, with construction expected to start this year.
Barth said officials also plan to build new hangar space at a cost of $2 million, funded by the city’s gas well revenue. The new hangar space, once leased, should generate $132,000 in revenue each year. It is one of two hangar spaces the airport is looking to build. That project is going to the City Council for approval Feb. 17.
The Transportation Department is also funding the majority of $4.8 million to repair and rebuild taxiways to the east side of the facility. Construction expected to start in 2017, and the city is picking up only 10 percent of the bill.
Caty Hirst, 817-390-7984