Suburb Hires Attorney to Oppose Cleveland Airport Expansion

DECEMBER 1, 1999

A suburb concerned about expansion of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has hired an attorney to help review documents and oppose Cleveland's plans. Barbara Lichman, a California attorney who specializes in helping cities fight airport growth, has been hired by Olmsted Falls, a suburb near Hopkins.

The Federal Aviation Administration is considering Cleveland's proposal to expand the city-owned facility. Lichman has challenged a draft environmental impact statement prepared for the federal government and said it did a poor job of evaluating the total effect of an expansion.

The city wants to build a 9,000-foot runway and lengthen an existing parallel runway. That would mean more planes over Olmsted Falls. "We don't share any revenue from the city of Cleveland. We share all the pollution and we share all the noise," Kevin Roberts, of Olmsted Falls, said at the Tuesday night hearing attended by about 200 people.

Source: The Associated Press