Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

City Hoping to Settle Airport Issue Talks Involve the Re-Acquisition of Property Owned by St. Louis

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

City Hoping to Settle Airport Issue Talks Involve the Re-Acquisition of Property Owned by St. Louis

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Kinloch is seeing a little hope in its long struggle with St. Louis to regain property bought out by Lambert Field.

An attorney representing Kinloch, Alan Steinberg, said both sides recently met "to work together and define terms on Kinloch's re-acquisition of property within its city limits that is now owned by the airport." Steinberg said the meeting "increases the momentum" for reaching an agreement.

Kinloch filed suit in July 1993 against St. Louis, which owns and operates the airport. And Kinloch Mayor Bernard L. Turner has said that St. Louis and airport officials have intentionally delayed efforts to redevelop Kinloch under a plan called "Kinloch Tomorrow."

Steinberg said he met with Counselor James Wilson of St. Louis to clarify several issues, including buy-back provisions, a method for approval by the Federal Aviation Administration and "environmental due diligence." All such real-estate transactions include an environmental study to make sure a prospective buyer avoids hazardous property, he noted.

Steinberg said an immediate timetable has not been set for Kinloch's re-acquisition of the property. "An ordinance must be prepared by the Board of Aldermen, and it has to go through committees. It's going to take some time," said Steinberg.

St. Louis Counselor Tyrone Taborn said the meeting involved a negotiation pertaining to "Kinloch Tomorrow" and the lawsuit. "We are looking into the lawsuit and how we can possibly settle the lawsuit," he said.

Taborn said anything the city does depends on the Airport Master Plan.

"We don't have any exact dates, but we are looking at May 1995 as the time frame that the master plan will be approved by the FAA, the Board of Aldermen and the Airport Commission," said Taborn.

Turner gives this history of the dispute:

In 1982, St. Louis approved the "Kinloch Tomorrow" plan under which it would help Kinloch redevelop in return for agreeing to let the airport buy out the southwestern portion of the city for noise abatement. …

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