Wed, Jul 05, 2006
FAA Agrees To Buy Or Soundproof Homes Near MS Airport
Talk about quieting
objections. As part of a $59 million program over the next eight
years, the FAA has agreed to either soundproof -- or purchase --
over 1,110 homes and apartments near the Gulfport-Biloxi
On the estimated 1,010 properties that will be soundproofed,
doors and windows will be replaced and new insulation will be
placed in the attics, according to airport officials and contractor
W.D. Schock Co. Homeowners also have the option of removing window
air conditioners, and installing quieter central air conditioning
-- with a maximum allotment of $30,000 per home.
The South Mississippi Sun Herald reports another 1,300
homeowners will be offered easements to pay for right-of-flyover
privileges -- forestalling potential lawsuits down the road.
Homeowners will receive a $3,000 check, with the easement recording
on the property's title.
The FAA will buy another 122 homes outright, many of which were
flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina last year.
"The people in Gulfport and Harrison County have been
particularly receptive to the benefits of the airport on the
commercial and military side," airport attorney Cy Fanceca said
after a Monday meeting outlining the program. "Especially on the
The program also includes soundproofing several businesses, as
well as two schools and three churches.
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