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Letter: History repeating itself around Mesa's airport?

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Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013 11:41 am | Updated: 8:54 am, Thu Feb 21, 2013.

A little over a decade ago, the East Valley was embroiled in a ‘mini’-scandal surrounding the sale of homes by unscrupulous realtors which were directly in a ‘high noise area’ of what is now called Phoenix/Mesa Gateway Airport. At that time, buyers were told that the ‘air base’ was closed and there were no plans on the ‘books’ to re-open it.

Indeed, some of their literature attested to this scenario.

However, as was discovered by a very concerned local group — nothing could have been farther from the truth.

This group reviewed the environmental impact statement filed by the Air Force and also its Recommended Usage for the Surrounding Lands document. These documents clearly stated that these lands and those extending farther out under the landing and take-off routes would be subjected to very high noise pollution and reduced air quality. The recommendation was to limit these areas for commercial/industrial development only... Many meetings were held with those individuals involved, the airport and also with the Mesa City Council — urging compliance with the reports. Unfortunately, to no avail. In fact, these previously zoned ‘agricultural” lands were re-classified to ‘residential’ and the building boom commenced. A lot of developers got rich; a lot of folks got ‘conned’ (despite “caveat emptor”); some homes had to be fitted with better sound proofing; a few realtors even lost their license. With the increasing air traffic and ‘new’ local housing developments — does anyone else see history repeating itself?

Rick Temple

Mesa

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