Harriman-and-West Airport Commission to meet on hangar space lease

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NORTH ADAMS — The Airport Commission is expected to discuss a proposed lease for hangar space with Taconic Aviation, a skydiving and scenic flight company, next week.

The commission unanimously decided amid controversy last month to offer office space in a city-owned hangar building to Taconic Aviation and its owner, Alex Kelly.

Now, the commission has to negotiate the terms of a lease with Kelly, whose criminal history became the subject of public scrutiny as he sought to operate skydiving and scenic flight companies out of Harriman-and-West Airport in a monthslong application process.

Kelly has indicated to the commission in past meetings that he would be willing to maintain the public space, including the bathrooms, in the hangar building as part of a lease agreement with the city.

The commission typically meets on the third Tuesday of every month, but this month's meeting has been slated for Tuesday. An official posting and agenda has not been released, but the commission's meetings are held at City Hall.

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