SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 7, 2014) – District 4 City Councilman Rey Saldaña was joined today by his fellow Council colleagues in approving the Lackland Air Force Base Corridor Master Plan. With tens of thousands of military servicemen and women and their families at the base yearly, the Lackland Master Plan will provide a guideline for updating and beautifying a 3.5 mile stretch of S.W. Military Drive between U.S. Highway 90 and Old Pearsall Road.
“We owe our military members and their families a great deal for their service,” Councilman Saldaña said. “Providing them with a welcoming and safe entry to their base will not only show them our appreciation, but also present them with a positive image of San Antonio.”
The Lackland Master Plan aims to create a safe, multi-modal roadway that uses low impact development design techniques and will incorporate new median landscaping and way-finding signage.
“The City of San Antonio strongly supports our military community. I applaud Councilman Saldana’s efforts to enhance this important corridor for our servicemen and women, visitors and nearby residents, and I look forward to working with him to realize the vision that community members and stakeholders have set forth,” said Mayor Ivy Taylor.
A shared-use path for cyclists and pedestrians will line most of the corridor. In addition, one of the most noteworthy components of the Lackland Master Plan is the new connection to the Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails. The designated new cycle track and sidewalks along S.W. Military Drive will connect the northern trail head of the Leon Creek Greenway Trail to the southern trail head at Pearsall Park.
“This project has been a long-term goal of mine. I began the process in 2013 and I couldn’t be happier with the Master Plan that the City and a number of key stakeholders created,” said Councilman Saldaña. “We want to leave a lasting first impression for all the servicemen and women, and their families who visit Lackland on a weekly basis for special events, including graduation ceremonies.”
Implementation of the Lackland Master Plan will be completed in phases. The first phase will include the design and construction of a Gateway Monument at U.S. Highway 90 (illustration attached*). The design includes a 75-foot-tall stainless steel spire which represents the United States and its citizens, and the bronze band encircling it symbolizes all branches of the military embracing and protecting our country. Funding for the monument, in the amount of $1.6 million, is included in the FY 2015 Proposed City Budget.
*Additional illustrations upon request.
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