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By James Kecskes, County of San Diego Communications Office

November 2, 2016 (El Cajon)--County officials and community members broke ground on Gillespie Field Airport’s new Cajon Air Center on October 31st.

The groundbreaking kicked off the first phase of a multi-phase redevelopment project in unincorporated El Cajon.

The Cajon Air Center is a multi-phased development that includes construction of an underground detention basin; drainage improvements; utility relocation; roadway improvements; new apron area and taxiways; and grading of buildable aviation-use lots. The first phase of the Cajon Air Center consists of grading and installing an underground detention basin.

Total project cost for this phase is estimated at $6,500,000. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has offered a 90 percent match for the total project cost for Phase I, with the remaining funding coming from the County’s Airport Enterprise Fund. Phasing and timing of the remaining phases will depend on the FAA’s funding priorities. Following completion of the infrastructure, up to 55 acres will be available to be leased for private development of aviation facilities.

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