The Federal Aviation Administration is awarding the Brunswick Executive Airport at the former naval air station more than $2 million in grants to build new hangars and meet FAA civilian airport standards.
According to Steve Levesque, executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, the airport is receiving a $600,000 grant to update markings on runways, and a $1.4 million grant for other building improvements. The airport will construct a new building with hangars to hold 10 small private aircraft. The funding is part of an expected $20 million in federal funds it will receive over a five-year period through the Military Airport Program, which provides money for capital improvements to help airports meet civilian standards, Levesque said.
In a press release announcing the funding, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said the grants "[help] to redevelop the base and create local jobs without putting additional burdens on local taxpayers."