Federal Funding Secured To Replace Tower At Gabreski Airport
WESTHAMPTON, NY — A federal grant has been awarded to Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton, home of the 106th Rescue Wing of the Air National Guard, to fund the first phase of construction to create a new air traffic control tower.
According to Rep. Lee Zeldin, the $180,000 federal grant, secured through the U.S. Department of Transportation, will be used for the first of a four-phase project to construct a 4,900 square foot tower, meant to replace the existing tower, which does not meet current building codes and Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards.
Phase I is a site selection study.
“The 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard in Westhampton has a long and distinguished history of service to the community and our country. The tower that is currently at Gabreski, which has been around since the 1940s, will be replaced by a new tower with the necessary level of communications equipment and safety upgrades," Zeldin said.
He added, "We must ensure that the Gabreski facilities are always kept in top condition, as the 106th Rescue Wing plays a crucial role in protecting our national security and implementing emergency response requirements. This grant will provide Suffolk County with the funding necessary to start the process of replacing the air traffic control tower.”
Zeldin has been fighting since 2015 to protect towers critical in protecting national security, such as the "deteriorated" tower at Gabreski.
Following the completion of the first phase, there will be an environmental assessment that takes place in the second phase, as well as the design stage in phase three. Phase four will be the construction of the new tower. Overall, the project is expected to cost approximately $5 million, Zeldin said.