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Published May 07, 2012, 09:34 PM

Old Grand Forks Airport Terminal Being Demolished

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The old terminal at the Grand Forks International Airport will be torn down after nearly 50 years of operation. Those who have worked there say it's a bittersweet moment to see the old building go.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The old terminal at the Grand Forks International Airport will be torn down after nearly 50 years of operation.

Those who have worked there say it's a bittersweet moment to see the old building go.

The old parking lot has already started to be torn apart and in just a day or two, the old terminal will be gone as well.

"When you look over time, the pictures when the building was built, it's really neat to see and watch how it developed and the number of additions that were put into it," GFK Executive Director Patrick Dame said.

The Grand Forks International Airport terminal was built in 1963 and was a mere 7,300 square feet.

"We really had a lot of growth in that facility," Dame said.

After the airport was completed, there were four different construction projects over the years including a parking lot expansion and terminal expansion, adding more than 1,500 square feet.

"It got to the point towards the end where as we were getting Allegiant and new services, Delta doing well, trying to operate in that facility was continuing to be very difficult," Dame said.

After a study in 2001, it was decided a new terminal needed to be built. This week the old terminal will be demolished and with it will go a lot of memories.

"It makes me sad, I was back there the other day when they were tearing up the parking lot and even just seeing that made me sad," Hertz Rent-a-car employee Heather Johnson said.

"We could see across the hall, the airline people were just a hand away, so it was cozy, everyone got a long very well, but it was close quarters," Avid city manager Shari Storbakken said.

The new terminal opened in August and although workers now have more space, the old terminal will always have a place in their hearts.

"It's change. We're moving on to bigger and better things. You still look at the old airport and you were tied to it, had something that was there," Hertz city manager Phil Medina said.

"All that is history and it's unfortunate it has to go," Dame said.

Demolition is expected to start in the next couple days after a fence is put up for security reasons.

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