Jaguar, Beckner intersections all set to open
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.
The new roundabout on the Jaguar Drive extension