Al Marsh

Commander Premiere to be evicted

August 24, 2011 by Alton K. Marsh, Senior Editor, AOPA Pilot

Cape Girardeau, Missouri, city officials have won the cooperation of a Texas bankruptcy court in evicting Commander Premiere Aircraft from its hangar at the Cape Girardeau airport, according to a story in the Southeast Missourian. The company until recently had hoped a Canadian investor could win funds from an European bank to complete the purchase of the company. Founder, investor, and former Commander President Joel Hartstone essentially told the newspaper he is tired of begging the city to help him bring a new industry to the town. Now he must find a new buyer, but will suggest to the owner that the company not remain in what he sees as hostile territory. The city, meantime, claims the company has not made any lease payments on its building since 2007. It might take as few as two weeks for the eviction to occur. The city built the building for Renaissance Aircraft, which also failed to prosper, but paid it off with casino funds. So far the eviction saga has lasted nearly a year.

3 Responses to “Commander Premiere to be evicted”

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  2. yaffits Says:

    well i dont know why he is upset with the city you have to pay rent
    and the are years behind on that.

    most communities would have evicted a couple years ago!!!

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