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Projects making RR busy, exciting

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Right now in our community there is a flurry of construction activity and work taking place on new projects. All of this makes for a very positive and exciting time in Rio Rancho.

Some highlights of projects currently under construction include: Presbyterian Rust Medical Center’s $86 million expansion; Rio at Rust 24/7 skilled health care facility; Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union; Unser Pavilion Building No. 3 for multiple tenants, including Hangar Prosthetics, Dion’s and a Walmart Neighborhood Market; and a Presbyterian medical clinic in Enchanted Hills.

This impressive list does not capture the many other commercial and retail businesses that have already built new facilities and opened or began operating out of existing space during the past year.

On the horizon is construction work starting on TJ Maxx and Bed, Bath & Beyond at the Plaza at Enchanted Hills, a 7-11 convenience store, and a U-Haul and storage facility.

On the housing front, earthwork has started on a new subdivision, Solcito, located off Northern Boulevard and consisting of 51 lots as part of Phase 1. This is the first new subdivision to get underway in several years. In terms of senior living, The Neighborhood by La Vida Llena, a $50 million project in the Loma Colorado community, is likely to break ground in the coming month or two.

All of these projects are tremendous for Rio Rancho because they mean jobs and revenue generation to fund public services. In addition, activity like this creates a buzz about the community that helps attract more interest from other businesses looking to expand and open new operations or relocate.

Internally within Rio Rancho local government, myself, the City Council and city staff are working with the business and development community to ensure that projects like the ones I have mentioned come about as smoothly as possible.

These continued efforts, along with the work of the recently formed Sandoval Economic Alliance, a private not-for-profit economic development organization, will help convey that Rio Rancho is the place to be for business.

Speaking of positive activities in the community, I want to personally invite citizens to the Ninth Annual Mayor’s Sunday is Funday taking place on Sunday, Aug. 17, at Rio Rancho High School. This inexpensive, family-friendly community picnic will run from noon to 4 p.m.

The event serves as a venue for the community – residents of all ages, businesses and other organizations – to come together. For more information, please visit rioranchokiwanis.com or Facebook.

Lastly, I encourage any resident who has a question, concern or idea pertaining to local government to contact me directly or set up a meeting to visit in person. My email is ghull@ci.rio-rancho.nm.us and my office telephone number is 891-5002.

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