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Sun., Aug. 30
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No offers for Massena’s Trautmann property


MASSENA — No one has offered to purchase a two-story house, garage, shed and playhouse near the Massena International Airport from the town.

But officials still hope someone may buy some or all of the Trautmann property structures before they are forced to demolish them.

The Town Council voted unanimously in February to issue a request for proposals to sell the four structures at 367 N. Raquette River Road adjacent to the airport. Until recently, the property was a private residence owned by Stephen M. Trautmann.

The parcel is within the Federal Aviation Administration’s “runway protection zone” and must be cleared to meet requirements, said Jon P. Donahue, department manager with C&S Engineers, which provides services at the airport. The FAA prohibits buildings in that area to create a buffer zone for planes.

The house has been in the zone for all of its 28 years, but the FAA noticed it in a study several years ago, Mr. Donahue has said. Its removal has nothing to do with the often-discussed airport expansion and is only to ensure the safety of the existing airspace.

The Trautmanns lived in the house until recently, when the town bought the property.

A $240,000 portion of a $1.3 million FAA grant for Massena airport improvements funded that purchase.

Included in that portion is a local contribution of about $15,000.

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