press release

San Diego City Council moves forward $1 Billion Aviation Business Park at Brown Field

October 7, 2013

San Diego, CA – The San Diego City Council today approved the Metropolitan Air Park, a project that will redevelop the dilapidated and underutilized Brown Field Municipal Airport located in Otay Mesa by a unanimous vote. This approval is a milestone for the project that has taken over 5 years to develop.

“Moving this $1 billion project forward is a win for all of San Diego,” said Councilmember David Alvarez. “I’m pleased that every member of the City Council shares my vision for economic development on Otay Mesa. This project is one more step towards making Otay Mesa the economic engine for good-paying jobs in San Diego throughout the 21st century.”  

The Metropolitan Air Park project provides a master plan for development of 331 acres at Brown Field that will include an executive jet aviation fixed based operation (FBO) and support maintenance facilities, small hangars with solar panel roof tops, a solar field, an eco-industrial park, helicopter FBO, and two business hotels along with related commercial retail and restaurants.  It is anticipated that project will generate thousands of long-term jobs during its 20-year construction and will provide thousands more in permanent jobs.  Economic development experts see the Metropolitan Air Park as a catalyst for attracting further job creation in South County and adding to the critical infrastructure in the San Diego-Tijuana binational region.

“Our objective is to transform Brown Field into a first-tier aviation-based business park” said Richard Sax, President of DPC Brown Field, the project’s developer.  “ The job creation that the Metropolitan Air Park will spur will be tremendous for this region,” he continued.

David Alvarez with District 80 residents


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