Tue, Feb 26, 2008
Plan Calls For 15 Percent Of Romulus Residents To Move
Want to start the mother of all
NIMBY battles? Tell a small suburb you want to displace 15 percent
of the town's residents to expand the metro area's major
That's the proposal in Romulus, MI... where USA Today reports
Detroit Metropolitan Airport officials want to build a new 10,000
foot runway, and want 3,500 people to give up their homes to do
The board says its 20-year growth plan projects this year's 36
million passengers through the airport will grow to 60 million by
2027, and the runway is needed. In addition to the new runway, the
plan calls for expansion of the existing McNamara and North
terminals, and the building of a passenger monorail.
Not surprisingly, Romulus officials aren't keen on the idea.
"How many hits can we continue to absorb on behalf of the region
and the airport? ... We don't have a choice, we have to get vocal,"
Romulus economic development director Tim Keyes told The Detroit
The Detroit area currently has an oversupply of unsold homes
suppressing real estate prices. But it's probably about to
experience a sudden shortage of posterboard.
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