|By Lisa Miller, The Dickinson Press,
N.D.McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
May 11, 2011--David Bauer of Bauer Property Management, LLC, proposed that a hotel be built near the Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport at the Dickinson Airport Authority Commission meeting held Tuesday evening at City Hall.
Bauer says he has been in contact with Tim Quigg of Quigg Brothers Construction in Washington and says the plan is to build a "higher end" hotel.
"We had business clients in mind, but the hotel would not be limited to them alone," Bauer said.
The proposed hotel would also include an upscale restaurant and lounge.
"I think this would be a great addition to the airport," Secretary/Treasurer Craig Steve said. "It's just really cool."
Bauer said the hotel would have approximately 80 rooms and between seven and 10 acres of land would be needed.
"Right now the plan is to lease the land," Bauer said. "We would like to build it so it would be visible from Highway 22."
Commissioners said although they love the idea, it must be approved by the FAA.
"We need to consider the height of the hotel, the distance from the airport terminal and runways, the lighting that may be needed, if the property is zoned for such a building and what it would take to get a liquor license," said Chairman Jon Frantsvog.
"We will do everything possible to help make this happen," said Steve.
Bauer said construction would begin within 90 days of the plans being approved by all parties involved.
"Coming off the plane and seeing a nice airport and a nice hotel gives people a great first impression of Dickinson," Bauer said.
In other business
The approximate $1.3 million terminal expansion project is on schedule and is said to be done by the end of May.
The interior is painted and the lights fans and speakers have been installed, Airport Manager Matthew Remynse said, adding the bathroom is tiled but the flooring and brick needs to be finished.
Remynse said the shingles, siding and brickwork on the exterior is also nearly complete.
A new flight schedule is set to begin this month.
Remynse said the airport will no longer be connected with Williston for afternoon flights and there will be an additional flight Saturday afternoons.
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