BTC finds possible buyer for Aviation Center

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JANESVILLE — A contract for the sale of the Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) Aviation Center is soon to be under review.

Meisner Aircraft has made an offer of $400,000 for the property, according to Marketing and Communication Manager for BTC Gary Kohn. The sale is contingent on the approval of Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) President Morna Foy.

According to WTCS spokesman Connor Smyth, approval comes after an appraisal of the property, consideration of the offer or offers, consideration for why the college is selling the property and making sure all interested parties had the opportunity to make an offer. As of Monday, Smyth said paperwork detailing this information had yet to arrive at Foy's office, but it was anticipated to arrive this week. From there, Smyth anticipates a swift decision.

"It will be a pretty quick turnaround," Smyth said "Probably a matter of days."

Kohn confirmed this was the only offer on the table for the aviation center, which has been vacant since the end of the spring 2013 semester, when the College's Airframe and Power Plant program was discontinued.

Meisner Aircraft Vice President Chris Meisner said if the purchase goes through, the company intends to use the building to hangar their owned aircraft inventory, as well as aircraft of their clients which they are brokering or selling. Meisner also said the company has additional plans to utilize some of the space for other aviation-related business, though he declined to specify.

"We believe in Wisconsin and want to invest in Wisconsin," Meisner said. "With limited growth options and runway length for some of our larger aircraft at our headquarters in Burlington (KBUU), therefore the Cities of Janesville and Beloit, Rock County, and the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport is an exciting economy we are proud to be simultaneously investing in for the future as our company's needs grow."

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