Friday, January 19, 2007
San Diego seeks to revive Brown Field airport
The Associated Press
SAN DIEGO – Mayor Jerry Sanders unveiled a plan to revive the aging Brown Field airport that may result in new hangars, fixed-base operators and manufacturing plants. “This project will mark the first significant new development at Brown Field since the city took ownership of it in 1962,” Sanders said Thursday at the airport, located near the Mexican border in the Otay Mesa industrial district.
The city plans to identify developers who want to bid on projects that would be built on 65 acres of the 900-acre airport. The vacant land is east of the World War II-era terminal.
The mayor’s proposal – the first major economic push at Brown Field since the City Council rejected a cargo project in 2001 – does nothing to address the dozens of junkyards and other business unrelated to aviation that federal officials want evicted.
When San Diego took ownership of Brown Field, the city promised to use the property for flying-related businesses. Instead, it has permitted dozens of wrecking yards, tow companies and other firms to operate there, in part because they pay about $600,000 a year in rent.