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Brown Field Lands Grant for Runway Improvement

The city of San Diego recently announced that it has received $5.68 million to rehabilitate the main runway at Brown Field Airport in Otay Mesa. Officials said the grant from the Federal Aviation Administration will also be used to change signage for the airport’s taxiways, with full completion of the work expected in spring 2018.

The runway was originally constructed in the 1950s by the U.S. Navy, when Brown Field was still a military base. The facility was deeded to the city of San Diego by the Navy in 1962, on condition that it be operated and maintained for aeronautical purposes.

Civic improvements at Brown Field are expected to supplement an upcoming commercial expansion there, with new aviation and later industrial and other amenities designed to serve corporate users of the city-owned airport and their visitors.

A long-planned, 330-acre private project called Metropolitan Airpark, expected to bring more than $1 billion in aviation and other commercial improvements to the border region over the next 20 years, remains in early ground-preparation and planning stages, after last year overcoming environmental and other challenges that had delayed the project. The development group includes local developer Richard Lee Sax, who built many of the commercial aviation services at the county-run McClellan Palomar Airport in Carlsbad.

The first phases of Metropolitan Airpark would include aviation facilities geared to private aircraft, including hangars, maintenance and other fixed-based operating services. Later phases could bring commercial amenities to serve airport users, such as restaurants, hotels, offices and industrial facilities.

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