The effort to convert the former Brooks Air Force Base into a modern residential and commercial center continues, as Brooks city Base and a developer the PPA Group will convert old Space Age era Air Force barracks at Books City Base into residential apartments, 1200 WOAI news reports.


  "Over three thousand jobs have already been created here at Brooks City Base," Brooks Development Authority President Leo Gomez said.  "I am really optimistic about the coming three years."


  Brooks was a center of space flight research throughout the heady days of the 1960s and 1970s, when America was rushing to put a man on the moon and then was perfecting manned space flight.  All of the Mercury Astronauts trained at Brooks, and President Kennedy delivered his final speech at Brooks, the dedication of the School of Aerospace Medicine.


  The barracks which are being transformed were formerly used for officer enlisted quarters.  Three additional buildings will also be constructed on the site.


  Gomez says the apartments will be close to the hospitals, shops, Texas A&M San Antonio campus industrial facilities and offices which now make up Brooks City Base.  He says that is important for Millennials, who don't want to have to drive to work.


  "They are walking distance away," he said.  "They are literally a place where they could walk, live, learn, and play."