Laurie and Michael Stein, who own Steins Aircraft Services, LLC, are looking to build a big hanger at Kenosha Airport. A hangar so big, in fact, that it will be storing 737 jets. The Chairman of the City’s Airport Commission, Rocco Lamacchia, is in support of the purposed Hangar that could mean daily take-offs and landings of the large 737s here in Kenosha. Alderman Eric Haugaard is heavily supporting the project along with Lamacchia. He has been lobbying for the Stein’s, with whom he reportedly has a personal relationship with. It is very ironic. Haugaard is the Alderman that lives on 5th Avenue that overlooks beautiful Kennedy Drive along Lake Michigan. He had Kennedy Drive shut down at 7pm every day. It’s the only park in Kenosha that closes at this hour. The others close at 10pm. He did this, because he and his neighbors didn’t like the noise that the historic drive brings with it.
We reached out to the two Aldermen who’s districts are nearest the Airport, Alderman Dominick Ruffalo and Alderman David Bogdala. Bogdala had the following to say:
“I’m opposed to this expansion for multiple reasons. First, the increased volume of large planes would significantly pose a major noise problem for the surrounding neighborhoods and those in the flight path. Second, since the recent runway improvements, landing these large, heavier planes will take the runway life expectancy from approximately 20 years down to 5. Third, should the runway need repairs in the next several years, the city taxpayer will be on the hook for those repairs which could cost millions of dollars.“
Ruffalo told KCE that while he hasn’t seen the proposal, he did have concerns that the planes will be “too much for our airport and it will be hard on our runway.”
If you would like to voice your opinion one way or another to the Aldermen, you can write to all of them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a developing story.