Feature Photo: Aerial view of the Castroville Municipal Airport. Image: Google Earth.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Castroville (Medina County) — The office of USDA Rural Development recently announced its approval of a $1.18 million loan for the city of Castroville that will be used to construct a multi-unit hangar building.
The June 23 announcement affecting Castroville was part of a $185 million package of loans going to rural areas in 32 states that are dedicated to equip, rebuild and modernize essential services.
The funding is needed to accommodate the demand for aircraft storage at the Castroville Municipal Airport. The planned multi-unit hangar will increase the airport’s storage capability for single-engine general aviation aircraft by 15%.
Following that announcement, the city of Castroville registered an architectural report on July 8 with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, and identifying the project as USDA Rural Development T-Hangar Building and Pavement. Castroville stated the estimated project cost as $1,216,000.
The scope of work includes installation of new asphalt pavement, construction of an eight-unit t-hangar with a jet pod, grade swale, installation of a slot drain and pipe, installation of a headwall and pavement markings.
The t-hangar was reported to have a total area of 78,408 square feet.
The city of Castroville did not identify a design team in its report. However, the estimated construction start date was entered as Oct. 1, 2021, with a completion date of March 1, 2022.
Castroville Municipal Airport is at 10500 Airport Road, Castroville, Texas.
VBX Project ID 2021-50E9