Plans have changed. A
proposed expansion and realignment of the runway at the Hartford
Airport will require the purchase of more land than earlier
to an agricultural impact statement regarding the project, both
the Department of Transportation-Bureau of Aeronautics and the
city have decided “regardless of the alternative chosen, all
acquisitions for the project will be fee-simple, rather than a
combination of fee-simple and easement acquisitions as was
decision means more land will be purchased outright for the
project rather than some land purchases and easements.
no easements will be acquired for this project,” read the AIS.
“Second, the total acreage of the proposed acquisitions has
easements were acquired for the airport property, owners could
have control over the land’s use, not the airport.
project leaders announced they preferred the third of several
alternatives for the project design. According to the AIS that
means more land will need to be bought from adjacent property
owners John and Laura Novak, Paul and Dana Osmanski, Marie
Rettler and James Borlen.
the preferred design called for the purchase from the Novaks of
21.1 acres and an easement for 4.5 acres. Now 26 acres will need
to be purchased from them.
original plan called for 7.7 acres to be purchased from the
1.6 acres of
easements. The plan now calls for the outright purchase of 10
acres. Originally 4.7 acres was to be purchased from Rettler
with 1.2 acres in easements. The plan now calls for the outright
purchase of 9.9 acres. Originally 16.5 acres was to be purchased
from James Borlen with 3.4 acres in easements. Now 24.6 acres
will need to be purchased from Borlen.
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, who
wrote the AIS, he prefers the alternative picked by officials
because it requires the purchase of less of his land.
“I need all
the land I have for my operation,” Novak said. “It will be
difficult to find additional cropland and if it does become
available I can’t afford to compete for it against larger
He owns a
300-acre and 70-cow milking operation.
Osmanskis own 17.5 acres, with 12 rented for cropland. If the
fourth alternative were selected they would lose all their land.
plans for it including a pond. They built a house on the land in
2014,” the report said.
said “the primary impact on farmland will include the loss of
land for crop production and for manure management as well as
the irregular shape of remnant fields that makes working them
officials hoped to have the project completed before the summer
of 2017 when the U.S. Open is to be held at Erin Hills Golf
Course. That appears unlikely to happen because of the many