Airport building needs 'major rehab'
by Leslie Dixon, staff writer Sun Journal Jan. 3, 2017
OXFORD — County Administrator Scott Cole said significant heating, plumbing and roof problems must be addressed as the county prepares a plan to re-utilize the Oxford County Regional Airport.
“The building itself needs major rehabilitation following the Oxford Aviation years,” Cole said last week of the facility that was constructed from 1969-70.
Oxford Aviation, founded in 1989 by Casco resident Jim Horowitz, leased space in the airport building on Number Six Road behind Oxford Plains Dragway before filing for bankruptcy several years ago and leaving the building empty.
The company and its 60 or so employees painted, refurbished and repaired small- and medium-sized aircraft from across the country.
Despite a renegotiation of the lease in 2010 with Oxford Aviation that made the company responsible for all building maintenance in lieu of rent, Cole said Oxford Aviation never met its end of the bargain. The pipes froze and the company abandoned the building.
In 2016, contents of the building were auctioned off and the building was leased to a new tenant, Ben Mosher of Oxford, a licensed aviation mechanic.
Cole said Mosher is now the sole tenant in the building and that he pays no rent, but covers his own heat and utilities. He has also made some repairs at his own expense to one area of the building, making it more functional. Although he currently works under a “gentleman's agreement," Cole said that agreement will be formalized soon.