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What are they building across from 84 Lumber on the Wilmington International Airport property?

Ken Little

The nearly finished structure houses ILM’s new rental car service center, said Jon Rosborough, airport executive director.

The building at Hall Drive and Blue Clay Road should open soon, added Julie A. Wilsey, airport deputy director.

“The rental car facilities are finished except for a few minor punchy-list items and the final certificate of occupancy from the county. We expect to have that completed by the end of this week,” Wilsey said Tuesday, May 27.

Three rental car companies — Enterprise, Hertz, and Thrifty — will begin moving in to the facilities next week.

“It is important to note that our customers will not notice a change when they rent cars at ILM. The cars for rental will still be outside the front door of the terminal,” Wilsey said.

The rental car service center has been in the works for several years.

In February 2013, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners voted to borrow $4.5 million on the airport’s behalf for the project.

“It’s easier for cars to be delivered there. It’s not in the primary center of our business park endeavor, and it frees up the (current) space,” Rosborough said at the time.

The new building will be used to clean cars and perform routine maintenance after they are returned.

Rental car companies are currently using a facility near Wilmington International’s customs facility for maintenance.

“The current location is right on what I call our beachfront property,” Rosborough said in 2013. “It’s on the ramp. When that was designed many years ago we didn’t have the same type of activity in terms of air service we have today.”

After the new building is finished, the 30-year-old current rental car facility could be used in any of several different ways, including housing an airplane service company, being used for corporate hangars or being used for general aviation.

ILM is the fourth-busiest airport in North Carolina, behind Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham and Piedmont Triad in Greensboro. Its passenger mix consists of two-thirds business travelers and one-third leisure travelers, according to the airport website, www.flyilm.com.


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