The Federal Aviation Authority will withhold more than $10 million in
pending grants from the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport until it
has completed its review of the Airport Authority’s proposal to
settle $46 million in previous grants to purchase land for a new
“We haven’t yet processed the Burbank airport’s funds for this
year, which is about $10 million, because we are still reviewing the
issue of the return of the money for the terminal that hasn’t been
built,” said FAA Western-Pacific Region spokesman Donn Walker.
The $10.2 million in federal grants being considered for
allocation by the FAA are earmarked for several airport projects, and
would pay 80% of the cost of soundproofing 200 homes. The grants are
also expected to cover repayment of $3.5 million the airport spent on
its security enhancement project and additional facility
“They called up today and said that the home insulation funds
should not be affected...[but] the other moneys would still be on
hold for the time being,” Airport spokesman Victor Gill said Tuesday.
Since 1994, the airport has received up to $46 million in agency
grants to pay for land for a new terminal that will not be built any
time soon, prompting FAA Administrator Marion Blakey to demand a
repayment plan. On May 5, Blakey issued a 30-day deadline for the
airport to come up with such a plan.
Last week, the airport submitted a plan asking that the funds be
used for security and airport purposes, which would include housing
the Burbank and Glendale National Guard on the land.
Airport officials are waiting on the FAA’s decision, knowing they
may need to dip into reserve funds or sell land to pay the agency
The FAA received appropriations late this year, according to
spokeswoman Marcia Adams, who said that Burbank is eligible for
funding and is being reviewed with every other airport nationally.