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Federal government to help move businesses near JBLM

October 4, 2019

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) — The federal government is putting up $80 million to move Lakewood businesses located in a danger zone near Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The News Tribune reports 21 businesses ranging from auto shops to tactical gear manufacturers are at risk if a plane were to crash near the base.

Lakewood announced it’s partnering with the state and the Department of Defense to move the businesses away from JBLM’s McChord Field runway.

The defense agency has agreed to provide up to $80 million over 50 years.

The federal government has determined that 3,000 feet from the end of a runway has the highest-possibility for aircraft accidents and called for these “clear zones” to be free of development and obstruction.

The City of Lakewood wants businesses to stay in the city and will help the relocation process.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com