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By: Michael Valdes
It's a room with a view not even a life-long Southsider ever thought she would see.
"I thought it was about time actually. I loved it," says Leslie Salazar, who has been a teacher on the South side for nineteen years. "I didn't feel like I had to leave this area to go get something nice," she adds.
Salazar was one of the first people to move into The Landings at Brooks-City Base. A twenty-seven million dollar, 300-unit development built on the old Brooks Air Force Base golf course.
It is the most significant investment in high-end apartment living that the South side has seen in years.
"The history and the plan of bringing in all the technology and the medical and the science coming into the area. Not to mention the education with the A-and-M campus," says Charissa Widby with The NRP Group who developed the complex. "We are very excited to see all that development. We just wanted to try and get in on it early and do something wonderful."
From it's resort-like pool and apartment design. To an over four-thousand square foot community center, with six flat-screens, pool tables and custom-made airplane ceiling fans. To fit with the old Brooks Air Force heritage.
"It was kind of a nice thing to be able to continue that on because we were able to make it look very urban too and contemporary," says Widby. "but still maintain the wonderful history of the area." As an Assistant Manager on the property, Aaron Alzuarte says the buzz that has been created is obvious. "When they come and see my property, it's just amazing. Because we break that stigma of the South side. It's just developed so much."
The area has seen big development without some of the big growing pains we have seen in other parts of the city. Traffic still leaves residents just seven minutes from Downtown, according to Alzuarte. Salazar is just thrilled with a new housing area that fits the fast-growing development around it.
"Every area of town has it's own little niche or what they are known for," Salazar says. "And now we have Brooks City. That's what you think about."
The Landings at Brooks City-Base will have it's official grand opening this week. At last check it is 77-percent leased out.
Tuesday, October 30 2012, 09:47 PM CDT
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