Airport panel to OK deal with city

first_imgThe city of Inglewood may soon get to see the fruits of a settlement reached with Los Angeles International Airport more than two years ago. The Los Angeles airport commission is poised to approve on Monday the opening of a job recruitment center and a $12.25 million grant to soundproof 1,085 homes that lie beneath LAX’s flight path. The Inglewood City Council approved the plan earlier this year, according to longtime Mayor Roosevelt Dorn. “I’m looking forward to finally bringing this to fruition,” Dorn said. “We’ve been ready for a while. It’s a win-win for the community and the airport.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe improvements are outlined in a settlement that the city of Los Angeles announced in December 2005, shortly after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa scrapped most of his predecessor’s plans to modernize LAX. The settlement called for capping the airport at 78.9 million passengers annually, seeking ways to regionalize air traffic and providing noise mitigation and job opportunities to those living in communities surrounding LAX. “In order to enhance community relations, staff has determined that it would be beneficial to conduct community outreach activities in the city of Inglewood,” stated a report submitted by Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operates LAX. Plans call for opening a job recruitment center on the first floor of Inglewood City Hall, 1 Manchester Blvd., under the terms of a one-year, rent-free lease agreement reached between Inglewood and airport officials. The contract calls for two one-year renewal options. Inglewood residents will be able to search for job opportunities at LAX by browsing computers in the office. Those who find something they like can submit job applications to airport employees, who will staff the office twice a week. “I’d like to see it open right after the start of the new year,” Dorn said. “I would have liked to see this long before now, but we’re happy that it’s finally happening.” The soundproofing funds set for approval Monday will be the second installment in a series of grants totaling $98.18 million that Inglewood will receive through 2015. The city received the first payment of $12.25million last summer to cover the 2006 fiscal year, according to an airport report. The funds come from airport passenger fees and are used to install double-paned windows, thicker insulation and chimney caps, among other measures to block out noise from jetliners coming in for a landing at LAX. About 9,200 houses, condominiums and apartments in Inglewood are eligible for the grants, about 4,400 of which have already undergone soundproofing improvements since 1984. “We’re insulating homes faster than any city in the United States,” Dorn said. “We’re looking forward to the day when we can say that all the work is completed.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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