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$7 million revitalization venture options towering artwork piece that honors navy

Revitalization venture options towering artwork piece that honors navy (KABB/WOAI)

Extra main upgrades may doubtlessly be coming to Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland.

On Tuesday, a $7 million drainage venture was unveiled on the nook of West Navy Drive and Freeway 90.

A brand new characteristic of the venture is the artwork set up “A Tribute to Freedom,” a 75-foot silver monument that encompasses 5 arms intertwined with one another. Every arm represents a department of the navy.

District Four Council member Rey Saldana says the artwork set up is the primary section of a much bigger venture to re-imagine the navy hall that brings airmen and their households to Lackland each week.

Lots might be mentioned about this stretch of highway.

The realm does not at all times get probably the most glowing evaluations.

Fabian Sandoval does not see it that method.

“This space has plenty of potential,” mentioned Sandoval.

Sandoval helps run a barber store on West Navy, which opened about 5 years in the past.

He says enterprise has been good.

“Throughout the freeway it has much more companies than it does on this facet,” mentioned Sandoval. “However I believe this facet can do nearly as good as that facet.”

A proposed $50 million venture is designed to just do that.

“What we wish to do is convey life again to the navy hall,” mentioned Saldana. “Recognizing that it isn’t solely funding on the Southwest Facet of San Antonio, it is an funding and partnership with our navy asset, Lackland Air Power Base.”

50 weekends out of the 12 months, Saldana says a whole bunch of airmen graduate from Lackland.

Every ceremony can usher in as many as 4,000 guests.

“That is their expertise of San Antonio,” mentioned Saldana. “That is their first expertise of our metropolis and we wish that have to be top notch.”

The proposed venture would flip a few visitors lanes into walkways and bike traces.

It might stretch practically 4 miles to hyperlink up with the Leon Creek Greenway path.

“I believe that’d be superior,” mentioned Sandoval. “That’ll assist us loads. Not simply us each enterprise on this block as properly.”

It’s unknown how a lot taxpayers should chip in for the $50 million venture.

Saldana predicted the Lackland Hall venture shall be a prime precedence within the 2022 bond program.

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