Lease on building moves forward

JOHNSTOWN — The new user of the Fulton County Airport’s enterprise building has formed an incorporation titled “28Left Inc.”

John Eisler of Johnstown is due to take occupancy of the 1,200-square-foot building June 1. The county will be doing some repairs to the building, as requested by the new tenant.

County Planning Director Scott Henze recently received permission from the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee to authorize a lease agreement with Eisler from 2019-20 for 28Left Inc. The full board votes Monday on the agreement.

Henze said Eisler created an incorporation titled “28Left Inc.,” involved with lease of the enterprise building. At the time the proposal was submitted, the incorporation hadn’t been created, Henze said.

County Attorney Jason Brott recommended that the board resolution authorizing the original lease agreement with Eisler be amended to identify 28Left Inc.

The new two-year lease with Eisler was approved by the board in February. It indicated he wants to occupy the building for the “purposes of aviation activities, education, events …” The two-year lease offer is payable to the county at $255 per month, running through Feb. 28, 2021.

The county owns the enterprise building, which lies to the east of the Route 67 airport’s terminal building along the edge of the runway. The building was used as a restaurant and bakery for many years. But county officials in recent years opened it up to other non-food, commercial uses.

Fulton County was notified last August that the last enterprise building tenant — Barbara Moyer — desired to terminate her lease with the county. She had operated a message therapy and wellness center.

On another airport matter, the committee voted to preliminarily award a $922,372 bid to Rifenburg Construction Inc. for the county’s runway 10-28 rehabilitation and connector taxiway construction project.

“It’s a pretty good price,” said Henze.

Fulton County’s 2019 capital plan contains about $1.2 million for the project. The Board of Supervisors in February authorized a pre-application to the Federal Aviation Administration for the project. A breakdown by shares shows the FAA will pay 90 percent, while the state Department of Transportation and Fulton County will be 5 percent each.

Henze said the project can only proceed if the FAA and DOT approve their grants.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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