SAN ANTONIO–On Wednesday plans were announced to convert the barracks at Brooks City Base into residential apartments. The PPA Group and 210 Development Group have partnered with Brooks City Base on the project, which has been named Aviator at Brooks City Base.

“Saving these buildings that would have potentially ended up in a landfill and converting them into new apartments is a way that we can pay homage to San Antonio’s rich military history,” said Michael Wibracht, president of 210 Development Group, during the project unveiling event.

The adaptive reuse project will renovate four existing structures, which formerly served as officer-enlisted quarters. Three additional buildings will be built to bring a total of 280 apartment units to the market.

“These apartments will truly be unique due to the character and ambiance that comes with adaptive reuse projects,” said Mark Tolley, partner at 210 Development Group, at the event. “Even the old dining hall will be converted into a leasing office/community center for the project. This is an opportunity for smart growth, green building and infill on San Antonio’s Southside.”

Units will range in size from 780 square feet to 1,000 square feet. Amenities of the project will include two swimming pools, a community center, and a gym membership to the Brooks City Base Health and Wellness Center.

 “The distinctive designs within the units and the overall look and feel of the project are sure to make this class A property one of the coolest on the Southside of San Antonio,” said John Latham, CIO at The PPA Group, at the event. “The entire redevelopment of Brooks City Base is extremely positive for San Antonio and is indicative of a dynamic and forward-thinking approach. We intend to make this one of the most desirable places to live in the city.”

Future residents are expected to be professionals working around Brooks City Base as well as Texas A&M San Antonio students.

Construction will begin this July, with pre-leasing beginning in the next six to eight months. The conversion is expected to complete by next summer.

“This project is exactly what our community had in mind when we set out to redevelop Brooks City Base,” said San Antonio District 3 City Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran. “By taking something old and breathing new life into it, we are respecting the history of this property and creating new, beautiful places for people to live.”