NorthSTAR , Bedminster residents, and airport officials in scuffle over new location
A plan to relocate New Jerseys NorthSTAR medical trauma helicopter to Somerset Airport has many Bedminster residents concerned.
The move would give central New Jersey faster medical service, however, the 200-acre airport is neighbor to million-dollar estates. NorthSTAR is now in the middle of a legal and political battle involving the owner of the airport, a divided town committee and thousands of area residents.
Back in July, the Town Committee voted unanimously to allow NorthSTAR to move in temporarily, until the planning board made the move permanent. But some citizens who were concerned about any airport expansion at Somerset hired lawyers.
Many residents complain the move would bring more space for helicopters, a restaurant and a packaged sewerage plant to the airport. The airport owner denies that, saying the proposal does not include any of those things.
The airport and the Attorney Generals office, which represents NorthSTAR, filed a lawsuit to get the permit for Somerset Airport. Initial estimates indicate the airport will make about $250,000 in revenue for housing the states trauma helicopter.
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