Development project continues on Albuquerque’s west side
January 31, 2017 07:01 AM
Most people on the east and west sides of Albuquerque like to do their shopping, errands, and fun activities near their homes without having to hit the highway. For those on the west side, that's been a little harder to accomplish.
But a new development called the Village at La Orilla could make that much easier. When the village is completed, the newly constructed buildings will be home to new restaurants, childcare, new housing options and entertainment.
On top of that, it's looking to bring 300 jobs.
The first major installment of a deluxe new development was Flix Brewhouse, but buildings are popping up and crews are working around the clock to give the people on the west side more new opportunities and options.
"I look at it as a positive just to have things nearby for jobs," said Magdalena Rivera, a resident who lives near the complex. "I have teenage boys who are always looking for jobs, so that’s always great to have there."
Rivera has lived on the west side close to the Flix Brewhouse for 23 years, but soon she won’t just live next to the Brewhouse. There will be new local restaurants like Thai Boran Asian and Village Pizza, along with other options like Verizon Go Wireless, Nusenda Credit Union, the Mattress Store, Fantastic Sam’s, Baskin Robbins and Dunkin Donuts.
That's only the beginning. Right behind the Brewhouse crews will build a new Kiddie Academy in 2018, and then behind that there will be new luxury townhouses.
Not only will residents have more options, but the addition could really help the local economy.
"The other thing that it has really created, it's a great employment center. When it's all said and done, it will probably employee, the entire center will probably employee 300 people," said Bob Arguelles, who represents some of the developers on leasing activity.
There is just one drawback for some of the residents that live nearby.
"I just worry about the traffic because, like I said, I live right by there," Rivera said. "That's my only concern."
Some of the buildings are expected to be completed by the end of February or first of March. Construction on the townhouses is expected to begin in four to five months.
Updated: January 31, 2017 07:01 AM
Created: January 30, 2017 07:02 PM
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