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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Southwest Georgia Regional Airport officials have engineering designs to build a nearly $16 million terminal complex, to meet new Homeland Security and TSA security requirements. Now the question is, will the money to build it be raised?

The current TSA passenger and baggage screening areas at the Albany airport are cramped, and cause passengers to wait without bathroom or refreshment facilities from the time they go through security screening until boarding their jet.

A 24,000 square foot terminal complex with new jet aprons and parking lots has been designed and engineered to replace the 50 year old facility. Airport officials say the new terminal is needed not only for economic development, but also to meet future security measures and safety.

Airport Director Yvette Aehle said  "Our building right now is falling down around us. I'm spending more and more money to maintain it. It would really be helpful to just go ahead and demolish the current building and build a new facility."

Albany and Dougherty County would need to provide four million dollars as a local share, with the F.A.A. providing 11 million dollars in grant money to build the new airport terminal complex.

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