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Pull Quotes: Marshfield airport buys house that interferes with runway
The airport commission will extend the runway by about 340 feet and pave the safety areas to better comply with Federal Aviation Administration standards, said Armand Dufresne, a consultant with Gale Associates who is working with commission.
The extra runway length, Dufresne said, will allow planes to better access the airport. Paved safety areas will give pilots more room to stop safely and will allow for ambulance access in case of emergency, he said. Currently, Dufresne said, some planes have to take off with less fuel than is efficient. The extra length would not allow larger jets to land, he said. The total cost of the project is $690,000. The FAA is paying 95 percent and the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission is paying another 21/2 percent. The rest of the money comes from the airport, Dufresne said. The house was sold for $420,000, according to Patriot Ledger records. Dufresne said the purchase of the house is one step in the project, which could take several years. The runway is not scheduled for reconstruction until 2011, he said. Before then, he said, the airport will have to complete design and get federal, state and town permits.
AirportBusiness.com » Article » Fitchburg Airport Needs a New Consultant
Armand Dufresne, of Gale, updated commissioners Wednesday on progress in preparing an airport master plan, which includes lengthening the runway.
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Consultant Armand Dufresne of Gale Associates, who represented the airport commission in negotiations with the Cape Cod Commission, said the process was lengthy but reasonable."It was a difficult process for both sides," he said.On June 23, the full Cape Cod Commission approved the plan with conditions.Many of those conditions were related to the lengthy time span associated with the airport improvement plan, which made this proposal different from most of the developments the commission approves."Obviously you can't design everything all at once," Dufresne said.
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Massachusetts Airport Seen As Magnet for Growth @ Airport News (AirportBusiness.com)
Armand J. Dufresne, a consultant to the local airport through his work for planners Gale Associates of Bedford, N.H., summarized the facility's 20-year forecast for the Planning Board as part of a presentation on how airports and communities can coexist.In other business, a developer looking to build a Walgreens pharmacy downtown pledged to help residents of a substance abuse treatment program find new places to live if their home is razed to make way for the store.Regarding the airport forecast, westward migration of business and the evolution of lower-cost commuter aircraft designed to cater to smaller airports are among the positive signs, Mr. Dufresne said.The airport, built in 1919, is bordered on three sides by the city of Leominster.Mr. Dufresne outlined the state and federal rules that govern construction near airports, with measures concerning visibility and flight paths near runways.In recent years there has been debate among officials in Fitchburg and Leominster about the role of the airport, which occupies prime real estate along the municipal border.A number of fatal plane crashes near the facility prompted calls for independent safety inquiries, analyses that found the airport was not to blame in any of the recent crashes.Pilot error was the common theme, investigators said.Mr. Dufresne told members of the Planning Board last night that commercial and industrial developments are better than houses in close proximity to airports, and said planners had done a good job maintaining that philosophy with construction.There are some homes nearby, he noted, and noise from the airport will always be a factor for the nearest abutters.Mr. Dufresne said Honda and Eclipse are developing "microjets" that would carry six passengers and serve smaller airports like Fitchburg.The concept is families would fly from outlying airports to smaller facilities near cities like Orlando, Fla., at the same cost they would pay to fly larger commercial airlines. Using the smaller airports, however, would enable the passengers to depart and arrive closer to their intended destinations, rather than having their routes dictated by the congested aviation centers, he said.The state has only 38 public use airports left, Mr. Dufresne said."These are the new endangered species," he said, describing the airport as an asset in recruiting development.