The planned closure of Rialto Municipal Airport, also known as Art Scholl Memorial Field, in southern California sometime next year means even fewer places for aircraft owners to base their airplanes and yet another community without the benefits of a vibrant airport. Plans call for Lewis-Hillwood Rialto to build a mixed-use housing and office development on the airport’s 453 acres.
Rialto Municipal Airport
The city of San Diego took over Brown Field, a former naval air station, in 1962. Since then, according to local news reports, the general aviation reliever for busy Lindbergh Field has suffered from neglect and indecisive management on the part of the city.
The so-called “stealth” amendment passed Congress last month, granting the City of Rialto, Calif., special dispensation to sell its municipally owned airport. That amendment was attached during conference negotiations over the massive highway funding bill.