Urban Design Study
The Raul H. Castro Land Port of Entry (LPOE), located in Douglas, Arizona, is a critical facility for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) mission in southern Arizona. Originally built in 1933 and expanded in 1993, the 4.8 acre facility needs further expansion and modernization to meet CBP’s 30 year mission requirements. The commercial vehicle inspection compound is undersized, causing congestion and unsafe conditions. Furthermore, northbound pedestrians currently cross the path of northbound commercial trucks, posing a further safety hazard for pedestrians.
A GSA feasibility study completed in November 2019 found that the commercial operations should be relocated to a stand-alone commercial inspection facility. The City of Douglas offered to donate an 80 acre site four miles west of the existing LPOE to the federal government, and the study confirmed its suitability for the new Douglas Commercial LPOE.