Hanover mobile-home park sued by aviation agency

July 26, 1996|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF

The Maryland Aviation Administration filed suit Wednesday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court against the owners of a Hanover mobile-home park as part of its program to move residents away from the roar of jets.

The MAA wants to close the mobile-home park and move about 150 residents out of the noise zone, land around the Baltimore-Washington International Airport deemed too noisy for homes. The park is on 17 of 72 acres off Ridge Road owned by Symcha and Joan Shpak.

The suit was filed after the Shpaks turned down the aviation agency's offer to buy a perpetual easement that would prevent future residential use, but allow warehouse and other light industrial uses for which the land is zoned.

In its suit, the agency also is asking for a temporary easement that would allow its agent to run the mobile-home park until all residents have moved. After that, the easement would end and the land would revert to the Shpaks.

Attempts since September to negotiate a settlement with the Shpaks have been unsuccessful, and in May the Aviation Administration received approval from the state Board of Public Works for a condemnation order to go to Circuit Court, where a jury would decide the price of the land.

Michael C. West, the airport agency's associate administrator of planning and engineering, said the agency will try to reach a settlement with the Shpaks before a trial date is set in January or February.

"We will try to expedite the process as quickly as we can," said West.

The Aviation Administration has hired O. R. Colan Associates of South Charleston, W.Va., a national firm that handles right-of-way acquisitions and relocations, to move the residents. But it can't start until the question of the easement is settled.

The $8 million project is to be paid for with a $6.4 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration and $1.6 million from the state.

Pub Date: 7/26/96

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