N766UA: Who says the Air Show and the Grand Prix won't be evicted from BKL if an airline comes in with a lucrative offer for commuter service? Anyway, while Mike White is mayor, any kind of sleazy deal could happen.
777gk: That press release is laughable because although it mentions the low cancellation rate, it says nothing about on-time departures! I spent most of the summer spotting at Hopkins starting at about 7:30 local time, and about 1/4 the time CO66 was just departing! That's 2 hours late! And yes, I know it was CO66 and not another CO 757 flight because I use a scanner.
The IX Center is not a factor in extending the existing runways. It is not in the runway path. The IX Center only factored into the plans to build a Rwy 6/24 which was planned to go right through the IX Center's location.
Furthermore, only one runway (23L/5R) is going to be extended. The existing parallel runway (23R/5L) will either be torn up or used as a taxiway. The planned longer parallel runway will be built west of the existing 23R/5L and therefore will have the necessary separation for simultaneous takeoff/landing.
Actually, Brookpark Road and our beloved 100th Bomb Group Restaurant are the only two things left in the way of the runway expansion. 100th Bomb will be razed soon and rebuilt west of Grayton Road Parking (which is in turn west of Grayton Road). Brookpark Road will be realigned. Since it is OH 17, I think it may be merged with Interstate 480... I don't know.
I just hope that either the City of Cleveland or the 100th Bomb has a spotting facility in mind... I'm going to miss the mound at the existing 100th Bomb!
P.S. Right now Mike White and his cronies at the City can't even find the deeds to the land on which Hopkins sits! Isn't that a scream, when he's trying to force Brook Park to give him "more" land!