Brown Field to get billion dollar makeover
South Bay air strip to generate money, jobs
Last Updated: 465 days ago
SAN DIEGO - Brown Field is getting a billion dollar makeover. Construction on new updated airport is expected to generate thousands of jobs and millions for the local economy.
The 800-acre, dual-runway airport has been relatively untouched since 1962, which is when the U.S. Navy gave it to the city of San Diego. In 2013, Distinctive Projects Company Incorporated will break ground on an ambitious development that will take 20 years in four phases to complete.
City officials told 10News they hope the new Brown Field will rival Palomar-McClellan Airport in Carlsbad. That airport was revamped over the past few years with new hangars, corporate offices and a new terminal.
Richard Sax of Distinctive Projects and Premier Jet helped spearhead Palomar's new look. Now, he is leading the effort to build 3 million square feet of modern facilities at Brown Field.
"Industrial properties, hotel/hospitality, retail, commercial… It's definitely an ambitious project," said Sax.
San Diego Real Estate Assets Director Jim Barwick said, "We took a look at the facility he built at Palomar and we said, 'This is the type of development we want at Brown Field.'"
Barwick said construction is expected to create 8,000 construction jobs and 4,000 full-time jobs once the airport is completed. Sax told 10News the new Brown Field should generate roughly $500 million annually for the county's economy.
"Everything that's going on down in South County and South Bay is starting to pop from a development standpoint and this is the time for the development of this airport," said Barwick.
Sax added, "It has the potential of being one of the primary economic drivers in the county."
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