Thursday, November 10, 2011

Residents Irate Over Proposed Hangars In Westhampton. Francis S Gabreski Airport (KFOK), Westhampton Beach, New York.

Some residents in the Quogue and Westhampton Beach areas have had enough of airport noise—and the possibility of more than two dozen private airport hangars being built at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton has them seeing red.

Community members are planning to galvanize at a meeting of the Gabreski Airport Community Advisory Board, slated to be held at Quogue Community Hall on Jessup Avenue tonight, November 10, at 6 p.m.

Paul Mejean, a member of the Quogue Association, said he believes the meeting is critical because of a proposal by Quogue-based Ocean Aviation to build approximately 25 hangars on almost 19 acres on the northwest side of the airport. An increase in the number of hangers at the site, Mr. Mejean fears, could spark excessive noise issues.

“There is a real question as to whether or not that wouldn’t mean increased jet airplane traffic at Gabreski Airport,” he said. “And that question has to be thoroughly answered as to whether or not the building of those hangars would increase jet noise over the surrounding communities.”

Mr. Mejean added that residents in Quogue, East Quogue, Westhampton and Hampton Bays have come forward with concerns.

The plan has been changed since first introduced. The original plan by Ocean Aviation, according to an airport lease request filed by the company in 2007, called for 13 new hangars, totaling a collective 59,910 square feet, on 3 wooded acres, and were meant to be used for storage.

In December, the firm filed a modified lease request with Suffolk County, which owns the land, allowing for Ocean Aviation to lease an additional 15.9 acres on the north side of the airport so it could build 12 additional hangars there—or 25 hangars in total.

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