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Developer still waiting for mountain coaster plans to be approved

Ryan Laughlin
June 24, 2019 06:53 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- It’s been a more than a year since the Sandia Peak mountain coaster application was submitted and developers are still waiting for approval to move forward.

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"It's a thrilling ride and we hope to be New Mexico's first,” said Benny Abruzzo, the developer at Sandia Peak.

The mountain coaster plans started at the same time as the new restaurant plans, but Abruzzo said one big difference is responsible for the delay.

"The restaurant was an existing use, coaster is a new use. Those are some of things that have held that one [mountain coaster] up and let this one [restaurant] move forward,” Abruzzo said.

Abruzzo said they are waiting on the U.S. Forest Service to approve the plans. He said that process can take anywhere from weeks, to years.

Some trees would need to be removed to make room for the coaster, but Abruzzo said far fewer than putting in a ski run.

Abruzzo said they’re hoping for approval this fall, to start construction in the summer of 2020 and be operational by 2021.

More information about the mountain coaster can be found by clicking on the link.

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