The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded the Santa Monica Airport a $1-million grant to begin improving airport facilities and operations. Airport Director Henry T. Dittmar said the work will be done on the north side of the airport.
"This will allow the fixed-based operators (airport service stations) to relocate along the northern boundary," Dittmar said.
The redevelopment project stemmed from an agreement between Santa Monica and the FAA to keep the airport open until 2015. The agreement, signed in January, 1984, settled decades of dispute between residents and pilots over the use of the airport.