New airport plans reflect Masset public’s comments

  • Sep. 2, 2011 7:00 a.m.

The village of Masset is circulating fresh plans for its new airport terminal that take into account almost every comment made at a public meeting a few weeks ago. The new plans call for 28 additional feet of windows in the waiting area that will overlook the apron and runway, add a washroom and pilot’s lounge on the second floor, and include more urinals in the men’s washroom downstairs. Interim administrator Kim Mushynsky said the village is working with Old Massett economic development to come up with some ways to add some Haida style to the exterior of the new building. At the public meeting, many residents said the terminal needs more of a “wow factor” and should be inspired by Haida culture. Ms Mushynsky said she is almost certain that the building will have cedar siding, rather than the hardi-plank siding originally proposed, and she has been talking to Patricia Moore about some other possibilities. Old Massett has people trained as carvers and millers, and others will be learning painting skills in the new year. There may be ways to add more Haida features once the building is constructed, she said. The new floor plans, along with a one-page list of public comments about the original plans and the village’s response, are now available at the village office. Ms Mushynsky said unless the village hears some major negative feedback from the public about the revised plans, it will be going to tender, probably sometime after mid-September.