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Anoka County-Blaine Airport expansion

Last Tuesday, Anoka County Commissioners and their private partners reached a decision on the airport’s expansion plans.

The new plan is for quick construction that are “targeted toward corporate jets – the same types of planes that could be diverted form St. Paul’s Holman Field during the 2008 GOP Convention,? according to the Pioneer Press. The Anoka airport hopes to be complete an expansion of a hangar-and-office complex by the convention date.

The Metropolitan Airports Commission needs to approve the plan, with the earliest vote date on Nov. 19. Following that, the Federal Aviation Administration will have to approve the designs, which could take several months, Joel LeVahn, attorney and on of the partners to the Anoka County airport expansion, told the Pioneer Press.

LeVahn says that if everything can’t be finalized by December, there could be a problem.

LeVahn told the Star Tribune that the airport “isn’t well-respected in the private community? and that he is hoping that will change with the improvements. Blaine’s airport is one of several reliever airports that could be used if the Secret Services close the downtown St. Paul reliever airport around the time of the Republican Convention. Compared to some of the other airports, Blaine’s is much closer to the downtowns of St. Paul and Minneapolis.