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Bernalillo County Invests $6.5 Million in Regional Public Infrastructure Improvement Project

05/26/2020

Bernalillo County announced today a $6.5 million investment in a regional public infrastructure improvement project that will spur economic development in the emerging Upper Petroglyphs Industrial Park located near the intersection of I-40 and Atrisco Vista Blvd NW in the county’s southwest mesa. Bernalillo County Manager Julie Morgas Baca made the announcement.

This project and infrastructure investment will bring forward additional opportunities for future development of over 1,200 acres of commercial property as part of the Upper Petroglyphs Development Plan.

Bernalillo County District 1 Commissioner Debbie O’Malley, who represents the area, sponsored the $6.5 million appropriation and states that she is “energized by the opportunity to activate this well-positioned site, which has been under leveraged for far too long.”

The infrastructure improvements include, but are not limited to, street extensions and improvements, installation of curbs, gutters, lighting and paving necessary for future development.

“We’re committed to business. Plans for this critical regional employment hub have been in the works for many years. The time is right for us to bring this plan to life. This singular investment establishes Bernalillo County as the new center of job creation in the state,” said Morgas Baca.

Current large employers located in the vicinity include FedEx, Shamrock Farms and Tempur-Pedic. Public improvements made possible through the county’s investment are also making way for the first Amazon fulfillment center in the State of New Mexico.

“This important initiative represents further investment in Bernalillo County’s employment zone at I-40 and Atrisco Vista,” said Bernalillo County Commission Chair Lonnie Talbert. “As a result of this strategic investment by Bernalillo County, we know Amazon will be the first of many major employers to join this thriving region, and we could not be more excited or honored to welcome them.”

Construction of the 465,000-square-foot, multi-level Amazon fulfillment center is already underway. Phoenix-based BHDevCo is the developer of the Amazon facility, and Minneapolis-based Ryan Companies is the general contractor. The facility is expected to open in late 2021.

Bernalillo County will continue to invest in infrastructure in this area to further advance already abundant employment opportunities. The regional public infrastructure improvement project is currently underway, with expected completion in March 2021.

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