Rialto-Seal

The Rialto Municipal Airport is set to close Thursday to pave way for a redevelopment project that includes residential and commercial buildings and a retail center.

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 09/14/14, 8:47 PM PDT |

It’s nearly guaranteed this time, after more than 10 years in the works, the shuttering of the Rialto Municipal Airport, as officials send notice to the Federal Aviation Administration of a final shut down next week.

“We have notified the FAA that Sept. 18 is our 99 percent definitive date for closure,” said Robb Steel, assistant to Rialto’s administrator. “We expect the last group of planes to fly out this weekend.”

This morning Steel plans to give a 72-hour notice of closure to the FAA, with the last official day for planes to fly in or out on Wednesday and official closure on Thursday.

The closure is the first step in paving the way for the stalled Renaissance planned community, a redevelopment project of 1,439-acres of homes and a business center to be built near the 210 Freeway that includes the 434-acre Rialto Municipal Airport. The project has been in the works for more than a decade and will utilize the airport land.

Deadlines have come and gone to close the airport and remove all 120 tenants, but Thursday’s date appears to be solid, with only five percent of tenants remaining, Steel said.

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