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MILLVILLE – Businesses aim to land at Millville Executive Airport, but have nowhere to stay.

This is the message from the airport operator, the Delaware River and Bay Authority, which plans to meet this need starting this year.

The DRBA, in announcing its $151 million capital improvement program for 2022 this month, has allocated $3.3 million to construct and equip multi-tenant commercial space at the airport in the years to come.

A project schedule has not been finalized, but the DRBA is starting with an investment of $250,000 this year to get things started.

DRBA spokesman Jim Salmon said potential locations for the new building are being considered, including sites along Bogden Boulevard and Peterson Street.

Plans call for a 15,000 square foot facility that will likely be separated into 1,500 square foot spaces for tenants.

With Millville, the DRBA is following a similar approach to that taken at Cape May Airport, where two 15,000 square foot buildings have been constructed and leased to multiple tenants.

“Millville Airport has seen increased development and commercial interest and there is limited space available to meet demand,” Salmon said.

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The DRBA has not identified any of the companies interested in space at the airport.

Also included in the 2022 capital improvement list is the rehabilitation work on Taxiways A, C and G at Millville Airport.

The need for repair work comes after the findings of a pavement management study, according to the DRBA.

Planned work includes pavement resurfacing, lighting, signage and associated drainage improvements.

The DRBA will use $731,000 of its capital improvement funds, with the Federal Aviation Administration expected to contribute $6.5 million for the taxiways project.

Salmon said engineering design will begin this year for the taxiways with construction scheduled for 2023.

South Jersey native Anthony Coppola has managed a variety of beats at the Daily Journal, Courier-Post and Burlington County Times, including award-winning work in sports and business coverage. Coppola, who joined the team in 2008, now focuses on regional education reports. Please consider supporting local journalism with a digital subscription.