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Steele Creek homeowners fear Charlotte-Douglas Airport takeover

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Charlotte, N.C. (WJZY) -- Charlotte-Douglas Airport says it's expanding and has its eye on 166 plots of land in the Steele Creek area.

Land and homeowners in the area received letters from the airport showing interest in buying the properties at fair market value. See the letter here:

May 20, 2013

[property owner]

[street address]

[city state zip]

RE: [property address]

Dear [property owner]

Charlotte Douglas International Airport has an interest in acquiring the property described above on the understanding that you are the lawful owner of the property. The price the Airport will be willing to pay for the property is the market value as established by an independent appraisal.

If you are interested in selling this property, please fill out the enclosed application and return to us at the following address:

Community Programs Manager

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Post Office Box 19066

Charlotte North Carolina 28219

Upon receipt of the application, your property will be placed on the priority list and as soon as you reach the top of the list, we will hire appraisers to appraise the property and will pay all cost associated with the appraisal process. As a part of the appraisal process, you will be entitled to accompany the appraiser during his visit to the property and present any data you feel important in determining the value.

The appraisal process normally takes approximately 90 days to complete. Upon receipt of the completed appraisal, we will make you an offer equal to the appraised value. You will be entitled to either reject the offer or accept the offer and execute a contract of sale. If you execute the contract, the Airport will pay the purchase price, all closing costs associated with closing the sale and certain relocation costs, if applicable.

If you have questions, please contact the Community Programs Manager, Kevin Hennessey, at the Airport at 704 359-4008.

Sincerely,

T. J. Orr

Aviation Director

TJO/kmh

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Some of the 166 homeowners have taken the airport up on its offer while others say they're going to "ride it out".

According to North Carolina law, the airport can take the property under eminent domain. See more here: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/HTML/ByArticle/Chapter_40A/Article_1.html

That is not, however, the intention of the airport according to an email sent to My Fox Carolinas: "The Airport is strictly pursuing voluntary acquisition at this time."


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