Abut 200 people attended an April 30 forum in which Mead & hunt employees presented their final studies for the airport relocation. The two proposed plans for Fitch H. Beach Municipal Airport are as follows.
- A north/south expansion at the airport’s current location requires rerouting, closing or adding a traffict tunnel to Island Highway, a primary county road. Cost is estimated between $38 million and $63.5 million.
- A relocation of the airport to Eaton Township would involve purchasing 15 homes and occupying 360 acres of farmland. An estimated cost is $35.5 million.
The expansion would extend the runway from 3,500 feet to 5,000 feet.
-This is illustrative of how difficult it is to place an airport. Charlotte desires to move to a "regional" program, but faces the conflict of being less than 30 miles from the recently enlarged Lansing Capital City Airport. Being between Battle Creek and Lansing on I-69 makes it difficult to come to a final decision as to not only what to build but where to build it.