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INSERT PARK HERE? Airport, borough discuss the future of razed Middletown neighborhood

emptylotphoto8 6 14Press and Journal Photo by Dan Miller: This vacant 10-acre stretch of land in Middletown held 25 houses that were purchased and razed by the authority that operates Harrisburg International Airport


What was once a small neighborhood of 25 houses in Middletown could become an area for public recreation.


Over the past few years, the homes have all been sold to and razed by the authority that runs Harrisburg International Airport under a program where airports buy up nearby properties that are most impacted by noise from airplanes flying overhead. Participation in the program is voluntary.


Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority owns the properties but has no use for them. The authority of late has renewed talks with Middletown Borough officials aimed at selling the properties back to the town.


“We are looking to cooperate with [the borough] so that we can put this property to its best use, one that is of benefit to the borough,” said Tim Edwards, executive director of the airport authority.


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