Monterey Regional Airport to get $9.5M federal grant for facility relocation

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MONTEREY — Rep. Jimmy Panetta announced a $9.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program for the Monterey Regional Airport on Wednesday.

This funds the federal share of this phase of the project, with the additional funding coming from the district itself through passenger facility charge revenues, said Monterey Regional Airport Executive Director Mike La Pier.

The funding will provide the necessary resources for the design, engineering, construction and construction management for a new aircraft rescue and firefighting facility at the Monterey Regional Airport. The $9,483,367 grant is specifically for the Safety Enhancement Program Phase C Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Facility relocation.

As with all federal grants the airport receives, the Monterey Peninsula Airport District is responsible for roughly 10% to fully fund a project such as this one.

La Pier said this phase of the airport’s Safety Enhancement Program is now fully funded at $10.5 million.

The Monterey Regional Airport’s Safety Enhancement Program is a multiphased project that includes several components to be phased in over a 10-year period such as the Phase C Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Facility relocation. Other aspects of the program include general aviation hangar relocation from the southeast to north of the airfield, potential property acquisition or easement, commercial passenger terminal complex and south side frontage road construction, existing terminal demolition, among other components.

“The Monterey Regional Airport, which serves as a driver for tourism and economic activity in the region, requires the necessary federal investments to ensure emergency preparedness and the highest level of operational safety,” said Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, in a press release. “This investment in the Monterey Regional Airport demonstrates the federal government’s support for our local transportation infrastructure and the people it serves throughout the region.”

La Pier said that a couple hundred thousand dollars have been spent so far on this phase of the project for design services. The airport will be reimbursed for the expense as part of the grant money.

The design-build project is being readied for the contractor to start construction now that the grant has been awarded.

“We’ll be seeing construction begin toward the end of October, maybe earlier,” said La Pier. “Completion of the project will be in nine months or so. We’ll be occupying the new structure probably within a year.”

Panetta said the relocation of the facility will pay dividends for years to come, protecting the lives and livelihoods of the people in this region of the Central Coast.

La Pier said the airport is pleased the FAA made the announcement of “this important investment in our airport.”

“The grant allows us to take the next step in our effort toward completing the safety enhancement program,” said La Pier, who thanked Panetta and his staff for working to secure the funding.

The next phase of the Airfield Safety Enhancement Program at the Monterey Regional Airport will be to build the fire station, relocate hangars and then prepare for construction of the tarmac for the new terminal building, said La Pier.

Contributed by local news sources

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