BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — The two runways at Maine’s Brunswick Naval Air Station is coming under new ownership.

In a ceremony Monday, the Navy conveyed ownership of more than 900 acres of land, the runways, and a number of hangers that had been used for naval aircraft.

The airport is being redeveloped for civilian use. It will be managed by the Norwood, Mass., based Flight Level Aviation.

Amy Corbett, the regional director of the Federal Aviation Administration says “this is what happens when people of vision collaborate with people of resources.”

What is unusual about the transfer is it is taking place before the base closes.

The decision to shutter the coastal 3,200-acre base was made in 2005. The base must close by May 31, but the formal closing will likely happen before then.

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