The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority voted Friday to accept an $8.8-million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, to be used to purchase airport land still owned by the Lockheed Corp.
The land is needed for construction of a taxiway on the north side of the airport’s east-west runway for use by private aircraft to be hangared there, airport administrators said.
The grant is the first installment of what the airport authority hopes will be $18 million in federal help to acquire the land and build the taxiway next year. The airport authority is negotiating with Lockheed for a 16-acre site on Sherman Way between Vineland and Clybourn avenues. Lockheed retained the land when the corporation sold the airport to the three cities in 1978.