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Soon after his petition for tax relief failed, Metty decided to close the airport. "He had a building permit in hand to build a mobile home park on the property," Tom Metty recalls, but "sewage disposal [would have taken] up thirty-three acres out of a hundred, so he changed his mind. Instead he built Metty Drive on the west side of the airport and subdivided the property into industrial parcels."

The Scio Drive-In also closed and was torn down years ago. Property records show its site and the rest of the original 113-acre airfield housing many businesses over the years, including a long-departed Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealership. The seven buildings on Metty Drive have been home to entities as diverse as a bakery, a translation service, and offices for the consulate of Sweden. Across from the business park, on the east side of Metty Drive, distribution, printing, and automotive materials companies also sit over the old runways. A moving company, a restoration service, a tattoo parlor, and others front the Jackson Road corridor between Staebler and Metty Drive. While new businesses fill the old airport property and traces of the old runways fade, two old converted airplane hangars still stand as a reminder of what once existed at this location.

Dr. Aloys C. Metty's flight log shows that he flew out of the airport the last time on June 28, 1974. The Washtenaw Airport/Young Field's nearly thirty-year run serving local aviation enthusiasts was over.

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