Congressman Cuellar Secures Language to Authorize Transfer of Historic Building from U.S. Army Reserve to Laredo Community College
Historic building at Colbern United States Army Reserve Center will become additional space for LCC
Today Congressman Cuellar (D-TX-28) announced that he included language in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the full House last night to provide Laredo Community College (LCC) with additional space on the site of Fort McIntosh, near LCC. The Army Reserve currently is in possession of this historic building on the south west side of the Colbern United States Army Reserve Center in Laredo. The building is 725 sq. ft. and sits on a lot that is 1,825 sq. ft. Laredo Community College plans to use the additional space for educational and administrative services.
Fort McIntosh once served as an Army base from 1849 until 1946 when it was deactivated. Much of the land and buildings that formerly made up Fort McIntosh are today part of the Laredo Community College campus. The building being transferred currently sits dormant and the Army Reserve has agreed to convey the building to the College to preserve the building and the Fort’s rich history.
While the exact purpose of the building under LCC’s ownership has not yet been firmly cemented, LCC President Dr. Juan L. Maldonado has promised to work with the Laredo community to determine the best use for the building. Whatever purpose is chosen, the Texas Historical Commission is working with LCC on a preservation covenant to ensure the protection of the property when it leaves federal hands.
“With growing needs for space on campus, I understand how important it is to look at new properties to accommodate all the college’s classes and students.” Congressman Cuellar said. “ I look forward to seeing what comes of Building P-36 and thank House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX-13) and Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA-9) for their assistance in including this language.”
“Laredo is very proud of its history,” LCC President Dr. Juan L. Maldonado said. “Laredo Community College was founded on the grounds of Fort McIntosh, a historic landmark in both Texas and the United States. The residents of our community and LCC are morally responsible for the welfare and preservation of our historic landmarks. My vision for this building is to create a community project to support its restoration and allow the community and visitors to appreciate the great history of our city and college.”