Bexar County officials are trying to complete the purchase of 91 acres of land outside of Joint Base San Antonio – Randolph Air Force Base over the next year as part of a larger effort to create a 142-acre buffer between the airfield and surrounding residential development.
“That’s a relatively short period of time to acquire quite a bit of property,” Renee Green, the county’s director of public works, told the San Antonio Business Journal.
The county has hired HNTB Corp. to negotiate the acquisitions for $743,343. Most of the funding for the $6 million project is being furnished by a $4.7 million grant from the Texas Military Preparedness Commission. The county is adding almost $1.3 million to the project.
The buffer is intended to preserve the mission of Randolph’s 12th Flying Training Wing, which conducts more than 120,000 operations annually.
The Air Force has identified which lots the county should attempt to acquire first. “We’re going to primarily focus on vacant property in the clear zones,” Green said.
The county earlier paid $3.4 million to purchase 51 acres adjacent to Randolph.