The University of the Incarnate Word today reached agreement with Brooks City Base to build it's new medical school there, scrapping a previous plan to build the facility downtown, 120 WOAI news reports.

  "We have now created more private jobs than were here when the Air Force announced it no longer wanted to be part of Brooks," Brooks Development Authority chairman Manny Palaez said.

  The campus will be built on the northwest corner of Brooks City Base in 'the Hill,' which previously housed the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine.

 "This is an historic day not just for Brooks and Incarnate Word, but really, for San Antonio and Texas," UIW President Lou Agnese said.

  He said the purpose of the Medical School will be to train primary care physicians for underserved rural counties and inner cities in Texas.

  "One half of the counties in Texas have insufficient numbers of primary care physicians," Agnese said.


  The U.S. Air Force, which founded Brooks Air Force Base nearly 100 years ago and used the facilities to train the Mercury Seven astronauts, pulled out of the facility in 2011.