Category: Michigan Eminent Domain

Charlotte Municipal Airport Expansion

The Lansing State Journal, May 13, 2007

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.