Brooks City Base to Diversify: Adding Retail and Charter School Campus

December 24, 2015 by Bexar Witness Staff

The board of directors for the Brooks City-Base recently authorized administrators at the military base-turned-industrial park to proceed with the sale of land on site for development of high-end retail space. That move is expected to spur formation of a town center-type development on site.  The retail development would be located on the northwestern side of Brooks City Base, and has been referred to as Brooks City Base Commons. Aside from a convenience store/gas station, the surrounding land there is empty.

Brooks is contracting with local firm GFR Development Services to ready the 9.7-acre tract of land for the retail development. Brooks is selling the tract for $2.7 million. GFR has already developed other on-campus projects; City Base Landing Shopping Center and City Base West.  According to previous board meeting discussions involving GFR, the list of prospective tenants for the future new retail space at Brooks City-Base include restaurants and potentially banks and a medical office.

KIPP Aspire Academy: An existing KIPP Academy in San Antonio
KIPP Aspire Academy: An existing KIPP Academy in San Antonio

In the area surrounding this new retail corner, Brooks is renovating buildings to accommodate a new medical school from the University of the Incarnate Word.  Additionally, the board of directors approved a land use agreement for a charter school campus. The board authorized Brooks City-Base President/CEO Leo Gomez to negotiate a real estate contract for a future sale of 15 acres to KIPP San Antonio.  The land for this project involves the former Brooks Air Force Base gym and athletic track. One structure on the boundary line of the tract is vacant and would be demolished.  KIPP San Antonio operates six schools on four other campuses elsewhere around town. A location at Brooks would be KIPP’s first campus in South San Antonio.

Brooks City-Base has been using redevelopment bonds and other means to continue redevelopment of the South Side base, which has been a major economic catalyst for the area.  A large number of major businesses and residential communities have cropped up near Brooks in the last few years. The city of San Antonio, also, has helped with a tax increment financing zone.


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