Homeowners angry as airport expansion delayed

CLEVELAND (AP) - They thought they soon would escape the roar of jet engines.
Now homeowners south of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport are angry that plans to buy their properties to make way for a runway expansion are on hold.
Cleveland had offered to buy approximately 300 homes in suburban Brook Park. The city bought seven houses so far and other homeowners say they've signed sale contracts.
But reduced air travel and the financial troubles of the airline industry are changing plans.
Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell says the city might improve the terminal instead of building a new runway. Port Control Director John Mok says the home buying and all other improvements are under review.
Brook Park Mayor Mark Elliott says he has no answers for concerned residents.
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