New shopping center planned at Fort Sam Houston
March 11, 2010
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- Endeavor Real Estate Group will partner with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service to develop an approximately 500,000- square-foot retail project at Fort Sam Houston.
Endeavor will serve as developer, leasing agent and property manager for this $80 million-plus project.
Once completed, the facility, Freedom Crossing, will serve the needs of both active and retired military personnel, providing them with the convenience of shopping, dining and entertainment at the post.
San Antonio and Fort Sam Houston are home to one of the largest populations of active and retired military personnel in the country.
The planned development will have a new Post Exchange facility (approximately 200,000 square feet), other AAFES-operated retail stores, a food court, movie theatre, restaurants, entertainment and branded retail stores commonly found in malls or shopping centers.
Additionally, the project will be anchored by Fort Sam Houston's existing 100,000-square-foot Commissary, which is adjacent to the development site.
Michael McDonald, chief of the AAFES Community Development Initiative, stated, "Quality of life improvements for the Fort Sam Houston community is a result of the demonstrated ability and breadth of experience of all involved on this project. Giving back to those who deserve our support is very rewarding for the team. This is a unique opportunity for retailers and restaurants to participate in this exceptional project."
Freedom Crossing at Fort Sam is the third AAFES project-of-its-kind in the country.
Currently, the project is scheduled to be open for business in the Spring of 2013.
"We are thrilled to be collaborating with AAFES at Fort Sam Houston," said Chris Ellis, Endeavor managing principal.
"This project will add very exciting retail, restaurant and entertainment components to the base community; which we are hopeful will improve the daily lives of the active and retired military personnel and their Families who will have access to the facility."
The development team is led by Endeavor and also includes Good, Fulton & Farrell Architects, Nelsen Architects, White Construction Company and Saenz+Bury Engineering, LLC.
(Source: Endeavor Real Estate Group)