Location:

Brookley Site:
The USA Foundation bought the Brookley by the Bay Site from the University of South Alabama in 2010. Brookley by the Bay is one of Mobile's only developable waterfront parcels. Most of the Mobile coastline near the Downtown is occupied by the Port and industrial land uses. Older residential neighborhoods occupy the coastline south of Brookley by the Bay.

Access Location:
The Site is easily accessed from Interstate 10 via the Broad Street exit. From Downtown Mobile it takes approximately six minutes to get to the Brookley Site. Interstate 65 is approximately ten minutes from the Site.

Visitors to the Site drive along Broad Street for approximately 1.2 miles. On this drive they pass an under-developed light industrial area, an attractive National Guard building, a vacant waterfront industrial site owned by the Mobile Airport Authority, a Coast Guard installation, Arlington Park, and the Airbus Engineering Center. The Mobile Airport Authority has recently issued a bond to improve the Broad Street entrance to the Brookley Aeroplex via infrastructure enhancements, repaving and streetscape.

The Site is bounded by the Brookley Aeroplex on the south and west. Mobile Bay forms its eastern boundary. Today, this long (approximately 6,000 feet north to south) Site can only be accessed from the north via Old Bay Front Drive and Commander Drive. Because of its limited access the Site is very private and, potentially, very secure.

Brookley Aeroplex:
The Brookley Aeroplex is owned by the Mobile Airport Authority (MAA). The Aeroplex is 1,650 acres and is currently home to more than 70 businesses employing approximately 3,200 people in 4.6 million square feet. To date, the Aeroplex has attracted firms active in aerospace, freight, aviation support, cold storage, professional services and miscellaneous manufacturing. The Aeroplex is in a foreign trade zone and a community renewal zone, both of which offer investment incentives to business.

The Aeroplex has two main sections: the secure airfield and the industrial park. The airfield area is where Airbus intends to develop its $600-million assembly facility. The State's Department of Commerce anticipates that four to six "integral service providers" will also locate in the secure airfield area.

The industrial park is home to a broad range of businesses (warehousing, distribution, services, manufacturing). Of note, is the Airbus Engineering Center.

Immediately north of the Site along the Mobile Bay coast is the Alabama State Port Authority Container Port. The Port of Mobile, operated by the Alabama State Port Authority, provides access for Alabama's businesses to national and global markets.

Alabama State Port Authority:
The Alabama State Port Authority has been investing in the Port. Recent investments include the $300-million Mobile Container Terminal, the $100-million Pinto Island Terminal, an $85-million expansion of the McDuffie coal terminal, and a $27-million rail ferry terminal, which provide the facilities needed for continued cargo growth. The Port is positioned to take advantage of growing markets in Central and South America and the widening of the Panama Canal, slated for completion in 2014.

The Port is served by five Class-1 railroads:
Burlington Northern (BN), Canadian National Railroad, CSX Transportation, Kansas City Southern, and Norfolk-Southern. The Port plans on developing an intermodal rail yard center to improve distribution logistics.