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Aviator at Brooks City Aviator at Brooks is a multifamily project at the former Brooks Air Force Base.

SAN ANTONIO—Developed in 1917, Brooks Field (later Brooks Air Force Base and now Brooks City Base) is where aviator pioneers such as Charles Lindbergh earned their wings. The breakthroughs that took place at the US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine includes the development of high altitude pressure suits for the nation’s space program. Additionally, John F. Kennedy toured Brooks Air Force Base and gave a historical speech to a crowd of 10,000 people the day before he died.

Oftentimes, base closures are seen as negatively impacting a small town economy, however, plans for reuse of military bases have successfully been adopted in many parts of the country. For example, the PPA Group opened Aviator at Brooks, a 280-unit apartment community at the former Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio.

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of GlobeSt.com. She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at MMI. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.

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