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Airport advisory committee recommends buying $35 million worth of land

Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s advisory committee recommended Thursday that the airport move forward with a $35-million plan to purchase a neighborhood south of the newest runway.

The Airport Advisory Committee voted unanimously to endorse a plan to buy the 370 acres and about 100 acres bounded by West Blvd., Shopton Road, and I-485. Aviation director Jerry Orr will ask Charlotte City Council for permission to budget the money at the council meeting on April 22. Up to 75 percent of the $35 million expenditure would be eligible to federal reimbursement.

Homeowners will be approached voluntarily to sell their property to the airport after an appraisal, under the proposed buyout plan. The airport has been buying homes affected by airport noise for years, and the new runway has increased noise over the neighborhood.

The land would be added to the airport’s existing 6,000 acres, and would eventually be used for facilities to support a new rail yard being built on the airport’s property.

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