LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas –
The Air Force Real Property Agency has successfully completed its transition into the newly renovated, quarter-mile long Bldg. 171 at Port San Antonio. The move, a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Act, consolidates AFRPA with other Air Force agencies in a centralized location on the former Kelly Air Force Base.
Building 171 once served as a weapons storehouse during World War II and provided shelter for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Now it will be home to 11 Air Force agencies, including the Air Force Medical Operations Agency, the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment and the Air Force Services Agency.
"Our move into the newly renovated facility provides the Agency team with new office space and equipment and co-locates the Agency with many other Air Force organizations, which will result in improved support to the Air Force and the local community." said Bob Moore, AFRPA Director.
Upon completion of an estimated $65 million Air Force renovation, Bldg. 171 will house more than 2,700 workers.
Port Authority officials hope the influx of employees will spur local economic development and entice retailers and commercial developers to revitalize the areas surrounding the former base.
AFRPA, as the Air Force Real Property Center of Excellence, acquires, manages and disposes of all Air Force-controlled real property worldwide, and is the Air Force's leading provider of full-spectrum real property management and transactional services.
(Courtesy AFRPA Public Affairs)