Arising from the need to improve the safety of pilots using the Cambridge airport, the Cambridge council has purchased a property adjacent to the southern end of the airport.
Following a closed meeting on July 1, the council approved the purchase of the property located at 2680 28th Avenue Southwest for $450,000.
The property was purchased so the city can cut down some of the trees that had grown too tall and are blocking the signal beacon pilots use at night. The city could have simply acquired the portion of the property the trees are located on through eminent domain; however, both the city and the landowners agreed it would be better for both parties for the city to purchase the entire property.
The closing date will be Nov. 1, 2019.
According to city administrator Lynda Woulfe, the entire purchase price will be paid using Federal Aviation Administration grant money, so it will not impact the city’s budget.