Isla Grande (Santurce)

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Isla Grande
—  Sector (of Santurce)  —
Coordinates: 18°27′14″N 66°05′48″W / 18.45389°N 66.09667°W / 18.45389; -66.09667
IslandPuerto Rico
RepublicUnited States of America
DistrictSanturce
BoroughSan Juan
Population
 • Total753
 (US Census 2000)
 
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Isla Grande
—  Sector (of Santurce)  —
Coordinates: 18°27′14″N 66°05′48″W / 18.45389°N 66.09667°W / 18.45389; -66.09667
IslandPuerto Rico
RepublicUnited States of America
DistrictSanturce
BoroughSan Juan
Population
 • Total753
 (US Census 2000)

Isla Grande, today also known as the Convention Center District, and formerly known as Miraflores and is roughly bounded by Miramar, the Condado Lagoon, the Dominicci Airport of Isla Grande (SIG) and the Port of San Juan. Isla Grande is located in the district of Santurce.

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History

This western section of Santurce used to be a military base of the United States Navy during World War II.[1] The San Juan Naval Air Station, located next to the San Juan Harbor, was a prime installation for five patrol squadrons of seaplanes, a defense-housing project and a major dry dock facility with shops, storehouses, fuel storage and other support centers.[2] In recent years, the neighborhood has undergone a revitalization, becoming cosmopolitan revival zone for the 21st century.

Army National Guard Aviation Support Facility

The Puerto Rico Army National Guard (PRANG) Aviation Support Facility in Isla Verde is right next to the Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport. It's mission is to support the Puerto Rico Army National Guard Aviation Units and U.S. Army South (USARSO) operations in the caribbean. Some of the military aircraft at this facility are the UH72 Lakota and the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters.

Notable properties

There are several century old commercial façades still standing-up.

References

  1. ^ "ARMY & NAVY: Base Hunting". Time. 1938-09-26. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,788768,00.html. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  2. ^ U.S. Bureau of Yards and Docks, Building the Navy's Bases in World War II: History of the Bureau of Yards and Docks and the Civil Engineer Corps, 1940-1946 (Washington: GPO,1947), 2: 1-9.
  3. ^ Staff (7 August 2010). "Sheraton Opens Green Rental Service" Puerto Rico Daily Sun. Economy section, page 12
  4. ^ Santiago, Iris Eden. "An insider’s look at Puerto Rico Convention Center". Puerto Rico Daily Sun. http://www.prdailysun.com/news/An-insiders-look-at-Puerto-Rico-Convention-Center. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 

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