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Jax Daily Record Monday, Apr. 25, 202205:00 AM EST

Permits continue for Boeing hangar at Cecil Commerce Center

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The Haskell Co. is building the more than $141 million project.

The city issued a permit April 21 for The Haskell Co. to build the ground support equipment building at the Boeing Global Services aircraft hanger it is constructing at Cecil Commerce Center.

The permit for the 8,750-square-foot ground support equipment building shows a $1.62 million project.

The building is part of the multibuilding project at 6211 Aviation Ave.

It comes after the city issued permits March 11 for Jacksonville-based Haskell to build the Boeing hangar and central utility plant building at Cecil Airport a combined cost of $109 million.

The latest permit boosts that to more than $110 million.

Boeing is developing an aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at the West Jacksonville airport owned by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority.

The 365,623-square-foot hangar has a construction cost of $101.9 million and the utility plant is $7.08 million.

Jacksonville-based Haskell is the contractor and Pond & Co. is the architect.

The projects for those permits are at 5868 Approach Road.

The city issued a site-clearing and civil site-work permit Jan. 21 for about 115 acres at a construction cost of $18.7 million.

A permit for underground utility work for JAA at the site is $12 million.

The approved and pending permits total a project cost of $141.3 million.

The 365,623-square-foot hangar has a construction cost of $101.9 million.

The permit issued April 21 says the complete project consists of an aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility and associated site work including private roads to access the site, entry drives, a parking lot, a loading dock, an outdoor service area and an aircraft apron. 

It said additional accessory site structures include a guardhouse, central plant, small office building for maintenance staff, an “egress” shop, canopies for hazardous waste and ground equipment parking, and an oxygen products storage building. 

It also said the primary maintenance, repair and overhaul building consists of a large hangar with integral accessory support spaces and an adjoining structure with a shipping and receiving area, training rooms and offices.

Boeing Global Services CEO Ted Colbert said at a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 27 that when the eight-hangar complex opens in 2023, it will be the aviation industry’s “first digitally enabled” maintenance repair and overhaul site.

Colbert told federal, state and city officials that the project will allow Boeing to understand the maintenance and repair needs of U.S. military aircraft before they land at Cecil.

“We can get straight to the work using data insights to get the aircraft back performing for critical missions around the world.”

The project is a partnership of Boeing, JAA and the city.

Boeing reached a 25-year lease agreement with JAA on Dec. 17, 2020, to expand the aerospace company’s 400,000-square-foot operation at Cecil.

JAA will pay for the project through debt financing.

The facility comprises about 270,000 square feet of hangar space and more than 100,000 square feet of office and support shop space on 57 acres, according to JAA.

According to the city Office of Economic Development, Boeing will create 334 jobs for the facility by Dec. 31, 2026, at an average annual salary of $65,000.

The city is giving Boeing a $425,000 grant to assist with the estimated $3 million in infrastructure expenditures for the project over three years.

At the groundbreaking, Mayor Lenny Curry said the grant will help pay for stormwater drainage areas, fencing and extending sewer, electrical and water lines.

Boeing has operated its existing MRO facilities at Cecil Airport since 1999. According to a news release, the company has modified and upgraded 1,030 aircraft for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps including the F/A-18 A-D Hornet; F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet; and EA-18G Growler.

The company also uses Cecil to convert F/A-18 Super Hornets into flight demonstration aircraft for the Blue Angels squadron and modified retired F-16s into autonomous aerial targets for the Air Force.

Boeing’s Flight Control Repair Center provides structural repairs to F/A-18 A-F; EA-18G and the Navy’s P-8 aircraft.

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