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Green Airport expansion talks continue tonight

February 27, 2012

The seemingly never-ending joust over the T.F. Green Airport runway expansion continues tonight as the Warwick City Council meets with lawyers to decide whether to continue the council’s legal challenge to the $166 million construction project.

Tonight’s meeting occurs after weeks of intense, behind-the scenes talks with representatives of the RI Airport Corporation and council representatives.

Rhode Island business, organized labor and political leaders are all lobbying in favor of beginning work on the project that would put more than 1,000 buildings trades employees to work as well as bring the airport into a position to attract more air traffic. But some airport neighbors still have environmental and noise concerns. There are also ancillary issues, such as where new ball fields should be built to replace those being taken by the expansion.

A passel of RI political figures, including Sen. Jack Reed, Governor Lincoln Chafee, Mayor Scott Avedisian and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo have all weighed in in favor of the project.

Tonight’s council meeting is expected to occur in executive session.

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