Masset moving forward with airport terminal

  • Oct. 26, 2011 6:00 a.m.

Masset is moving forward with its new airport terminal, council decided Monday evening, and is putting the $2 million structure out to tender. The building has been controversial. At a public meeting in August attended by about 50 north-end residents, council heard that many were not satisfied with the design, and wanted the new building to reflect Haida culture and give visitors a fantastic first impression of the community.Council revised the design in consultation with an architect, and included a lot more windows in the waiting area, a pilots’ lounge and washroom and more urinals.Council then began a public consultation period, asking residents for input, but only received three written submissions, even after extending the comment period.On Monday, the village’s administrator Trevor Jarvis told council the revised planshad been reviewed by Pacific Coastal Airlines, which is happy with the design, and that all the fishing lodges operating in the area have been sent the plans. “We’ve only had two comments back (from the lodges),” Mr. Jarvis said, “most were positive.” He recommended that it was time to put the two storey, 8,600 square foot building to tender and council agreed. Masset has just over $2 million budgeted for the building, which Mr. Jarvis described as “energy-efficient, easy to maintain, straightforward, (a building based) on passenger flow.”The village plans to pay for it with $1.2 million in grants, with the balance from the village’s share of the gas tax, as well as general reserve funds.”So many people want the ‘wow’ factor”, said councillor Buck Grosse, “(but) when you get off the plane you don’t see anyone pull out the camera.” Mr. Jarvis said even though the village is calling for tenders, it will still be possible to make some changes to the exterior. He also said there’ll likely be artwork displayed inside, while Mr. Grosse said that “totem poles at the entrance, that would be a nice touch.” The building is likely to take eight months to construct, meaning it won’t likely be ready for next spring.

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