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Would Lafayette College buy Braden Airpark?

The College Hill-based college owns athletic fields in Forks Township near the airport.

Lafayette College, a stone's throw away in College Hill, owns some land in Forks Township, including a spot for a garden and another for athletic fields.

So it makes sense that the college might want to purchase nearby Braden Airpark to expand its facilities.

That's what some Forks Township officials mentioned at a recent meeting when the airpark, one of the properties pondered for sale by the Lehigh Valley Airport Authority, once again became the hot topic.

Forks Township officials are wondering what will become of the airpark if it is sold and is asking the airport authority for input and a discussion.

But Lafayette College officials are mum on their interest over the airpark, according to the Easton Express-Times.

According to a spokesman, the college is "considering all options," the story states.

The airpark is zoned for recreational and educational needs.

The college has its Metzger Field Complex next to the airport where games like field hockey are played.

It is unknown when the LVAA will make a decision on whether to sell any of its properties to pay off a massive debt, but Forks officials believe that decision was coming sooner than first anticipated.

Rob Leiser December 04, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Back when Braden’s Airport was being sold to the Airport Authority. Lafayette College went out of there way to stop the sale and close the Airport. The land that the Forks Township Wrestling center sits on was part of the attempt to shut down the Airport. A Citizen’s against Everything group formed to shut down the Airport was said to be financed by the College. Some of the Propaganda that was being floated back then was Victaulic and Crayola Corporate Jets landing, a FedEx freight terminal being Built, and Sullivan Trail being relocated. Dan if you are bored the Story is interesting. The actions of the former President of Lafayette College who I believe at the time was an Airport Authority Board Member. A former Supervisor who was involved with the Citizens against Everything Group. The Forks Township Manager and a strip of land that the fate of Braden’s Airport hinged on. Another Suburban Legend was an Engineers Plan that showed the relocation of Sullivan Trail and the FedEx freight terminal. Everybody knew it existed they knew who held the plans but nobody had seen them. Most of the Story was reported in the local papers and Forks Township Supervisors Minutes.
Rob Leiser December 04, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Sorry Dino; Dino not Dan

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