Lead architect Rick Gonzalez of REG Architects has described the helipad as a 50-foot-long, 8-inch-thick, steel-reinforced cement platform. Gonzalez said last month that the helipad would not be functional until late spring or early summer.
The location is 300 feet from any property line and meets the helicopters’ requirement of 75-foot landscaping clearance, according to Gonzalez. Each of the helicopters used to transport the president can weigh between 21,000 pounds and 28,000 pounds, he said.
The town awarded a building permit for the helipad after the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the plans last month, said John Page, director of the Planning, Zoning and Building Department. Some neighbors objected to noise that they expect will accompany the large choppers.
The Town Council previously approved a designation for the club to be used as a takeoff and landing zone for presidential business. The National Trust for Historic Preservation also signed off on the project.