Jaguar, Beck­ner in­ter­sec­tions all set to open

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wo new­ma­jor ar­te­rial-road projects on Santa Fe’s south side were close to open­ing in late Oc­to­ber. One is a 2,000-foot ex­ten­sion of Jaguar Drive to a new in­ter­sec­tion at N.M. 599. The new sec­tion of Jaguar in­cludes a round­about at the in­ter­sec­tion with Plaza Cen­tral ex­tended south to SWAN Park.

On the east side of the Jaguar/599 in­ter­sec­tion, a re­tail-ori­ented de­vel­op­ment project, the Vil­lage Plaza at Tierra Con­tenta, is planned. Fu­ture uses may in­clude a gas sta­tion, eater­ies, a bank, and a cof­fee out­let. “We do have one lot un­der con­tract,” said Scott Hoeft of the Santa Fe Plan­ning Group. He is hop­ing the in­ter­sec­tion will open in Novem­ber. “We’re just wait­ing for the lights to be pow­ered on, a few lit­tle things like that.”

The west side of the in­ter­sec­tion is slated to be de­vel­oped as an of­fice park. The Santa Fe Com­mer­cial Cen­ter will have about 1.3 mil­lion square feet of of­fice and light in­dus­trial users, and a new en­trance to the Santa Fe Airport is planned there.

The new in­ter­sec­tion com­pletes a di­rect route from N.M. 599 to the Carlos Del Sur sub­di­vi­sion on the east side of Richards Av­enue.

The other ma­jor junc­tion that was set to open in late Oc­to­ber con­nects the re­cent ex­ten­sion of Beck­ner Road to Richards Av­enue. “Beck­ner Road has some mi­nor in­spec­tions to fin­ish be­fore the City ac­cepts it and opens the road­way,” said Noah Berke, plan­ner man­ager, City of Santa Fe Land Use De­part­ment.

The Beck­ner ex­ten­sion pro­vides an east­ern ingress/egress — to Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Col­lege and Rodeo Road, for ex­am­ple— for the own­ers of the hun­dreds of houses now be­ing built by Pulte Homes at Las Sol­eras. It also of­fers a faster route than Cer­ril­los Road for peo­ple in those ar­eas to the Pres­by­te­rian Hospi­tal and Smith’s Gro­cery that are now be­ing de­vel­oped in the Las Sol­eras mas­ter-planned area at Cer­ril­los and In­ter­state 25.

PAUL WEI­DE­MAN

The new round­about on the Jaguar Drive ex­ten­sion

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