Developer Offers Donation To Get New State Complex

New Mexico – A developer is offering to donate $5 million to a Santa Fe schools endowment if New Mexico chooses his site for a new government complex.

Espanola developer Richard Cook hopes his 40-acre office and retail building development near the Santa Fe airport will be chosen for the government complex.

The state, however, seems to be leaning toward a development proposed by a pair of Albuquerque developers. Las Soleras is about a mile to the east, near Interstate 25.

General Services Department Secretary Art Jaramillo has said he believes Las Soleras is the best of the 14 sites considered, partly because of a promised Rail Runner stop developers would provide.

The site would house the Human Services Department and the departments of Health; Children, Youth and Families; and Aging and Long-Term Services.


Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican,

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