By DAN GUZEWICH Staff writer

Design work for hangar rehabilitation project at the county airport has gotten the green light from a Board of Legislators’ committee.

On Tuesday, the Airport Committee unanimously passed a $149,143 contract with C&S Engineers, Inc., in Syracuse for design services for the overhaul of a dilapidated hangar known as a nose dock. The total project cost from design to completed renovations is estimated to be about $3 million.

The state has already committed $2.7 million for the upgrade with the county expected to ante up the remaining $300,000. Construction contracts will be sought once the plans are complete and approved.

There are five nose docks at Griffiss International Airport, and the county has already gutted and renovated two of them, using money from the Federal Aviation Administration. The long-term goal is to overhaul all five for aviation-related uses to boost the airport’s development and add jobs. The structures date back to when Griffiss was an Air Force base.

The hangar that is next up on the drawing board for renovations is being eyed for use by an unidentified military contractor because of the airport and its long runway. The firm is considering putting a production facility in the 28,500-square-foot building so the finished goods can be installed into a plane, such as a military cargo transport aircraft.

C&S designed and oversaw the rehabilitation of the first two nose docks.

The full Board of Legislators was being asked to approve the latest C&S contract Wednesday afternoon.