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County plans to buy airport land to prevent development

February 22, 1999|By SCOTT BUTKI

Washington County plans to buy 104 acres at the Hagerstown Regional Airport to help prevent development around the property.

If the county purchases the land, it will be added to the airport runway protection zone, Airport Manager Carolyn Motz said.

Land in a runway protection zone has limited legal uses. The zone is designed to prevent anything from impeding airplane landings and departures, Motz said.

A public hearing will be held March 2 on the proposal to buy:

* An 84.6 acre parcel owned by the Jacob Engle Foundation Inc., on the east side of U.S. Route 11 and on the south side of Air View Road. It is on the south side of runway 27. The Engle property would be purchased for $840,000, with $42,000 of that coming from the county, Motz said.

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* A 19.03 acre parcel owned by Mylin E. Horst, representing the estate of Nora M. Horst, east of Interstate 81 and northwest of the airport. The property is just west of taxiway G.

The Horst property would cost $500,000, with $25,000 coming from the county.

The county and the state government each pay 5 percent of the cost and the Federal Aviation Administration pays the remaining 90 percent.

The Horst property would be added to the airport business park, providing space for another aviation-related business, Motz said.

The two land acquisitions are included in the county's proposed capital improvement program for fiscal 2000.

The acquisitions are unrelated to recent discussions about expanding the airport runway, Motz said.

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