Finding opportunities when military bases close

Real estate developers are looking at abandoned bases for large projects like warehouse and logistics centers, which are needed to sustain the growth in e-commerce.

By Christine Negroni | The New York Times

Ruben Hernandez Martinez, a Mexican customs officer, arrives for work every day at SkyBridge Arizona, an international air cargo hub at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

He processes packages that will enter his country over land at Nogales, Ariz., 180 miles south. But soon, he and an American counterpart from United States Customs and Border Protection will work together clearing air cargo shipments in and out of Latin America.

SkyBridge is the most recent addition to a complex project that has been developing over a quarter-century at the airport, formerly known as Williams Air Force Base, one of more than 300 military properties shuttered as part of a 1993 Defense Department program known as Base Realignment and Closure.


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