By DON LEHMAN
QUEENSBURY u The local developer who serves as fixed base operator for Warren County airport is going ahead with plans to build a new restaurant.
Rich Schermerhorn, owner of Rich Air, plans to build the new eatery in a separate building that would be located to the southeast of the terminal.
The Warren County Board of Supervisors Facilities Committee has given conceptual approval for it, and Schermerhorn notified the committee this week that he planned to go ahead with the project in the coming months.
No timetable was released.
The cafe that is located in the terminal, known as Carol’s Airport Cafe, would be converted into office space.
The new building will result in a more modern, expanded restaurant, Schermerhorn said.
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“There are more people who want to eat than we have seating for,” Schermerhorn said.
The restaurant would be about 2,500 square feet. Schermerhorn said it would cost about $325,000 to build.
Schermerhorn provided supervisors with a sketch Tuesday that showed the proposed building.
It would have 14 tables for diners and 12 large windows to allow them to look out over the airfield.
“I always try to make sure my properties shine and look good and this will be no different,” he said.
Carol Twiss, operator of Carol’s Airport Cafe, would be given right of first refusal to operate the restaurant. She said last year she planned to run it.
Schermerhorn recently completed two new hangars for planes at the airport, and he said 17 of the 19 spots are already spoken for.