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SAN ANTONIO-Representatives have been hawking office and industrial space at Kelly Air Force Base since 1996. But with last week’s formal decommissioning, the marketing is kicking into a higher gear.

The Greater Kelly Development Authority, a nonprofit state authority, is looking for a mix of white-collar, blue-collar, service and manufacturing jobs. It’s targeting professional firms, biotech, transportation and logistics companies to fill the available 11 million sf.

The authority has contracted with Trammell Crow to find tenants. Terry Britton and Brenda Younts are working the property for Trammell. The property is being marketed through direct mail, trade shows, advertising and its Web site, Teresa Nino, the authority’s director of communications and public affairs, tells

A new 77,000-sf office building near the facility’s entrance opens in September. Kelly is to announce a major tenant next week. Another office building, 452,000-sf Building 171, houses 2,200 employees of Lockheed IMS, an information processing division of Lockheed Martin Corp.

Current Kelly tenants also include Boeing Corp. aerospace operations, Standard Aero, Pratt & Whitney and Chromalloy as well as a mattress company, a golf cart repair business, Nino says.

Transportation could be a key business for Kelly. The former base is close to interstates 35 and 10, shares a runway with Lackland Air Force Base and is on a Union Pacific railroad line. One idea is to use Kelly as a transition center for trucks traveling from Mexico. They would transfer cargo to American trucks for delivery in the United States. Another idea is to use the railroad tracks to get cargo delivered by sea to Corpus Christi.

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