CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte Douglas International Airport is considering buying a nearby neighborhood of about 100 homes.
The Charlotte Observer reports that the airport is considering buying the 370 acres of land near its newest runway.
The newspaper reported many residents support the purchase because of the increased noise since the new runway opened in 2010.
Most of the estimated $35 million cost would be eligible for federal reimbursement.
About 700 jets use the runway every day.
Aviation Director Jerry Orr says the airport needs the land for expansion.
Orr also says a new Norfolk Southern rail yard is opening just north of the neighborhood, and the rail yard needs more space for support functions. He says the new property eventually will be used for related businesses such as cargo and warehouses.
Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com