State to kick in for airport tower project

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - Hammond officials will get a $750,000 state grant to help finance construction of a control tower at Northshore Regional Airport.

The Advocate reports the city will contribute $200,000 to the project.

The Federal Aviation Administration already has provided an $800,000 grant for the tower, now in its design phase.

City grants director Lacy Landrum told the City Council this past week that the design work should be finished in February and requests for construction bids should be issued in March. It will take about a year to build the tower, Landrum said.

The tower will be staffed by Louisiana Army National Guard personnel.

The National Guard became a major airport tenant after it installed a helicopter/ aviation complex there after Hurricane Katrina.

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