A facility in Robstown that has gone relatively unused for more than a year finally has a new tenant.

Nueces County Commissioners approved a three-year lease with Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation Inc. at an April 16 meeting for the use of a 10,000-square-foot former National Guard Armory located behind the old Nueces County Showbarn in Robstown. The county will get $3,000 per month, according to the terms of the agreement.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Oscar Ortiz said he was glad to see a deal worked out that would help both the county and its residents.

"I'm happy that we're getting fair market value (for the facility)," Ortiz said. "This is going to help farmers deal with the boll weevil problem."

The facility had previously been used by the Robstown Police Department to store seized 8-liner machines, said Police Chief Johnny Brown. The police department recently purchased storage containers for the machines, he added, freeing up the facility for use by the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation.

Larry Smith, with the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation, said the organization began negotiating with the county last year after it was informed that it would not have a home in Sinton, where it had been leasing a facility from American Electric Power.

After a brief search for a new building, the decision was made to combine the Sinton and Robstown branches into one location, while still providing services for both areas.

"We couldn't find any place to lease in Sinton, so we sent these guys over to work in Robstown," Smith said. "I think it was a benefit for both of us."