Chicago Executive Airport draws crowd for hearing on soundproofing plan

November 30, 2017

Chicago Executive Airport public input meetingHomes in Wheeling, Prospect Heights could receive relief from noise

Chicago Executive Airport has kicked off a process for a proposal that could bring federal grant money to soundproof homes most affected by jet noise.

Federal Aviation Administration officials and airport consultants were among those who answered questions from a steady stream of visitors, who also left written comments, over two hours at an open-house-style public meeting Tuesday night at the Ramada Plaza Chicago North Shore hotel in Prospect Heights bordering the facility.

In addition, residents got to view noise exposure maps expected to decide the homes that would qualify for the federal soundproofing program. The public comment period ends December 8th.

FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro said the agency will receive a Chicago Executive report regarding the soundproofing idea, but there is no timeline on when the agency would decide whether to recommend the federal grant money for the project.

“We have to know what kind of noise mitigation may be needed, not only today, but looking out five years from now,” Molinaro said during the open house.

NOTE: Jen Wolchansky, Mead & Hunt, is working with Chicago Executive on the plan to map out the areas that would be eligible for mitigation.

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