Rio Rancho announced plans to establish its official City Center Development in early 2005. The City’s concept is for the City Center Development to become the region’s premier destination for upscale retail, office, dining, and entertainment. The development site consists of 160 acres of property and was acquired from the New Mexico State Land Office.
The City Center Development is located in the geographic center of Rio Rancho’s municipal boundaries in the southwest quadrant of Section 36. Access from the City Center Development will be from Main Street. To enhance access to the area, transportation improvements to Unser Boulevard and Paseo del Volcan have also been planned and funded.
Take a Look…
Pictures of the Hewlett-Packard Company facility construction during summer 2009 are provided here. The project is a sales and technical support operation that is a new model consisting of multiple business groups requiring approximately 17 acres and will lease, a 218,000 SF facility and create 1,350 – 1,800 new jobs by 2012.
The UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center will encompass 280,000 square feet and cost $150 million. The hospital will be a 75 private bed, teaching hospital located on the UNM campus.
UNM’s first facility will encompass 42,000 square feet and is anticipated to be complete in time for spring semester 2010. The Phase 1 building is expected to cost $10.5 million. UNM broke ground on February 6, 2009.
CNM began taking students for the 2010 fall semester. The first building will be 47,349 square feet, 34,304 of which will be instruction space. CNM expanded its district to include all of Rio Rancho when citizens living north of Northern Boulevard voted to increase their property taxes to be included in the district.
The Santa Ana Star Center is a 6,500-fixed seat, multi-purpose events center with the capacity to expand to 8,500 for concerts and staged entertainment events. Total square footage for the $47 million Center is 165,000. The preliminary conceptual plan for Rio Rancho’s City Center was designed around the location of this new Santa Ana Star Center and City Hall. The conceptual plan calls for the remaining 100 +/- acres of property to become a mixed-use development comprised of upscale retail, dining, entertainment, and office project