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FAA offers funds for purchase

April 17, 2001

FAA offers funds for purchase



By SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Commissioners will hold a public hearing today on the proposed purchase of rental property near Hagerstown Regional Airport.

Following the hearing, the commissioners could vote to purchase the Air View Apartments at 14542-14546 Pennsylvania Ave.

Representatives of the business approached airport officials, telling them the property was for sale, Airport Manager Carolyn Motz said.

Airport personnel were reminded that the county owns property on three sides of the airport, she said.

The county decided to pursue that purchase after being assured that the Federal Aviation Administration would pay 90 percent of the cost.

If approved today, the cost for the .87-acre property would be $236,200, of which the county would pay $11,810. The rest of the money would be paid by the Maryland Aviation Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration.

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There is a 10 a.m. public hearing on the proposal today in the commissioners' meeting room at 100 W. Washington St.

The FAA supported the idea that the airport continue buying land around the airport, Motz said. The county buys air easements to prevent high structures from being built in the flight path.

The property includes two-room apartments, one one-room apartment, one double-wide modular home, two mobile homes and one cottage, according to county documents.

The airport would handle ownership of the property in much the same way it does the approximately 200 leases it has for tenants of hangers and offices on airport property, Motz said.

On more than one occasion, the county has owned a house that it rented out until it was needed by the county, County Administrator Rodney Shoop said.

If the county moves ahead with the purchase, this would be the first time the county has bought a multiple-unit complex, he said.

Buying the property and renting the units makes sense because" It produces good revenue for the airport," Shoop said.

There is money in the county budget to pay for the purchase, he said.

The property is being sold by Douglas and Patti Leazier, who could not be reached for comment Monday night.

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