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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

San Antonio Plans Ahead for Additional BRAC Growth

  • February 20, 2012
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In an effort to make one San Antonio-area base more attractive as a host for new missions following a future BRAC, the city of San Antonio is offering to lease 139 acres of land adjoining Lackland Air Force Base to the installation at no cost.

“This is a proactive step by the city and Port San Antonio to prepare for any upcoming base realignments and closures and strengthen San Antonio’s position to retain existing missions and attract new missions and personnel to the region,” Mayor Juli├ín Castro said in a written statement. The city would give the parcel to Port San Antonio — the reuse project at the former Kelly AFB — which would administer the lease with the Air Force.

Leasing the parcel to Lackland, which has outgrown its existing space, would benefit the Air Force as well as the city, explained Robert Murdock, director of San Antonio’s Office of Military Affairs. Besides providing expansion room for Lackland to house realigning missions in a future BRAC round, the tract would provide room for some Air Force activities now located at Port San Antonio — located across Kelly Field from Lackland — to move onto Lackland proper. Those moves in turn would free up space at Port San Antonio for new development.

About 7,000 workers at Port San Antonio are Air Force employees. Port San Antonio is nearing completion of more than $60 million in upgrades to a 452,000-square-foot facility slated to house 11 Air Force agency headquarters and 3,000 personnel. The building and four adjacent facilities are contained within a 70-acre cantonment area at the Port known as Lackland Annex.

Read the story in the San Antonio Business Journal.

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