Commission advances airport terminal

Plans for a new airport terminal cleared the Minot Planning Commission Monday, staying on pace for a groundbreaking in late summer.

Edward Balkin with Coover Clark, the firm working with the airport on terminal design, presented the commission with the blueprints that had been reviewed by the Minot City Council’s Airport Committee last month.

The new terminal will be three times the size of the existing terminal. A geothermal heating system and high insulation rating will ensure an extremely energy efficient building, Balkin said.

The two-story terminal will have ticket and baggage claim areas on the 70,000-square-foot first floor. Administrative offices will overlook the first floor from a second-floor mezzanine. The second floor also will have Transportation Security Administration screening and six passenger holding areas. There will be five passenger boarding bridges, with design in place to build a sixth later.

The construction of the $40 million terminal is part of a $75 million airport improvement project. The project will be built in phases, starting with a taxiway, apron and some parking. Along with the terminal, construction includes access roads and additional parking.

The planning commission also processed a variety of housing development requests and other projects in a 2-1/2-hour meeting that offered a reprieve from the marathon sessions of recent months.

The commission approved plans for an expansion of the Ward County Highway Department Building at 900-13th St. SE.

Some of the commission’s recommendations to the council included:

denial of a Uhaul request to construct warehouse storage units in the area of its existing building in a commercial district in north Minot.

denial of residential plans for Highlands at North Hill, located north of 21st Avenue Northwest. The 6-5 vote to deny came in part from a desire to see better traffic planning with the development along a major street.

approval of a permit for six temporary campers for a church construction team at Christ Lutheran Church. The permit would expire Nov. 1.

a year’s extension of a permit granted last July to allow six camper hookups at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church for flood-related volunteer builders.