State to buy mobile home park near BWI

July 19, 1998|By Tanya Jones | Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF

The Maryland Aviation Administration will pay $6.35 million to buy a mobile home park next to Baltimore-Washington International Airport in Hanover and will also pay to move 120 households and shut down the park for good, in an agreement approved Friday by the state Board of Public Works.

The purchase includes the 17-acre Ridgewood Mobile Home Park and 55 undeveloped acres owned by Symcha and Joan Shpak on the southwestern edge of the airport.

The board also approved spending $580,000 in federal and state money to soundproof 11 homes in Allwood near the airport, marking the first time homes will be protected from low-frequency takeoff noise as opposed to high-frequency overhead flight noise, according to Ted Mathison, executive director of the Maryland Aviation Administration.

Ridgewood Mobile Home Park, condemned by Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Eugene M. Lerner a year ago, and Allwood are in the airport's 7,500-acre noise zone, where residents are eligible for federal and state money to pay for blocking airplane noise.

"We'll be happy to see the first people move out," said 26-year Ridgewood resident Marie Delano, 65. Airport officials have been telling residents since 1990 that a state buyout was just two years away, she said.

The agreement to sell comes after years of negotiations between airport officials and the Shpaks, Eastern Shore residents who at one time refused $1.9 million to sell an easement to the state and have residents relocated. They fought the condemnation of the land. MAA officials decided to buy the land when recent appraisals showed that purchasing the easement at $4.2 million would be nearly as expensive as buying the land outright.

"What happened was they came to the amount we wanted," Joan Shpak, 58, said Friday from her Neavitt home.

Pub Date: 7/19/98

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