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Nov 9, 2011 10:54 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Residents Irate Over Proposed Hangars In Westhampton

Nov 9, 2011 12:19 PM

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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The proposed hotel at the site was originally two stories, and well into the process was modified to become a three story structure. Now we have the same thing, 13 hangers suddenly becomes 25. Bait and switch seems to be the operating standard here. It reeks - you want 25 hangers you should say that from the beginning.
By North of Highway (280), Westhampton Beach on Nov 9, 11 12:41 PM
If you buy property by an airport, you should expect that you will hear airplane traffic. Its an operating airport! I welcome the growth, it brings jobs and money to the area.
By trurepublician (53), hampton bays on Nov 10, 11 8:06 AM
Exactly- live near an existing airport and expect noise. Want to bring jobs to the area - create an atmosphere where jobs can be sustained. Look at the airport in the summer- its filled with private jets with owners spending their money and keeping the taxes lower out here. The area is desperate for business- why does it keep getting squelched. 2 stories- 3 stories- big deal for the hotel. Its not a highrise. It means jobs. The place would be filled most of the year.
By realistic (472), westhampton on Nov 10, 11 9:21 AM
I think it is great to have growth. Let's keep moving forward instead of trying to live in the whaling days of the past! Let them build another grocery store on the 40 acre lot, let them build a CVS on Sunset where the old bowling alley was. let them redo the strip mall just south of the airport.
By sayitaintsojoe (100), Westhampton on Nov 10, 11 11:20 AM
The true question is whose hand is being greased and by whom.
By Duckbornandraised (184), Eastport on Nov 10, 11 11:41 AM
It should be kept in mind that Gabreski is potentially a major airport. All the elements are in place: Close to a Freeway exit, Runways that can handle anything that flies, Plenty of room to expand groundside facilities, rail access. If it were any closer to NYC it would be handling plenty of commercial flights already.
By rburger (82), Remsenburg on Nov 10, 11 12:25 PM
Totally ridiculous. MacArthur has all that, has terminals and other infrastructure in place plus a million more people within driving distance and is barely getting by while searching for more tenants. Your alarmist prognostications diminish any decent argument some may have.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Nov 10, 11 5:08 PM
I would add that the proposed hanger complex upgrades Gabreski to the same league as Teterboro.
By rburger (82), Remsenburg on Nov 10, 11 12:29 PM
From my understanding of the project, the prospective tenants are those whose airplanes already use the airport and that are based elsewhere. They fly in, drop off their owners and fly out again. It seems to me, to eliminate those unnecessary flights just to fly back to their bases, would cut down on the number of flights in total to the airport. The airport is tremendously underutilized as it bascially supports the Air Guard and the owners of homes out here. The access the airport has provided ...more
By The Dark Side (8), Westhampton on Nov 10, 11 12:31 PM
Upgrading the airport to a major facility is nothing but a plus for the entire area.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Nov 10, 11 2:38 PM
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No Way!

Greed poisons.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 10, 11 3:24 PM
PS -- Use the site to incubate high tech and R&D job growth, not another invasion of noisy, fuel-guzzling aircraft. Bring a LIRR (Peconic Regional Transportation Authority (PRTA), that is) rail spur in to connect with the Jitney and other bus lines, and a new Suffolk County Bus facility maintenance and distribution facility to support its new mandate to coordinate with the new PRTA East End Shuttle.

Move forward!

Not backwards!

By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 10, 11 3:29 PM
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Nov 10, 11 5:51 PM
New article with no link above.

The fix is in?


By PBR (4956), Southampton on Nov 16, 11 8:58 PM
With all the flying plastic bags in this town upgrading the airport would be too dangerous. The plastic bags are more dangerous than the geese. They would clog up the plane engines the same way they clog up the drains...
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on Nov 16, 11 9:50 PM