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Redevelopment of former Las Cruces Country Club moves forward

Land transfer of former Las Cruces Country Club property finalized, clearing way for redevelopment

Edited from article By Jason Gibbs POSTED: at The Las Cruces Sun-News   10/30/2014 07:38:27 PM MDT

LAS CRUCES >> It’s official. The sale of the 110-acre property that housed the former Las Cruces Country Club has gone through and the project to redevelop the land can move forward.

Randy McMillan and Jake Redfearn, owners of NAI 1st Valley Realty, confirmed Thursday the deal to transfer the land to Park Ridge Properties and LC Medical Properties had closed.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Redfearn said. “We obviously have to go through city for permitting, so that’s a lead time. Optimistically, we could be moving dirt in the first or second quarter of next year.”

The sale of the 110-acre site to Park Ridge Properties for $7.1 million was agreed to by both parties in January, but was contingent upon approval by the Las Cruces Planning and Zoning Commission, which was granted in July. Once designs are complete and all permits approved by the city, work can begin on infrastructure such as utilities and roads. The first phase of development will focus on the construction of a medical campus with a 42-bed hospital, a combination rehabilitation and fitness center, doctors’ offices and an assisted living center.

Second and third phases of development will center on turning the site into an “urban village” that will include retail and dining, residential and multifamily housing, and parks, walking trails and open space. Redevelopment of the property, which was a golf course from 1928 until 2011, will be the largest in-fill project in Las Cruces’ history.

“This sale is a major step forward in the redevelopment of this significant in-fill property that will revitalize the surrounding neighborhoods and bring jobs to the central core of the city,” McMillian said.

The work to redevelop the parcel as in-fill has been lengthy and has been met with protests by neighboring residents. The Country Club Neighborhood Association in August made one final and unsuccessful attempt to prevent the proposed medical complex from being built. They appealed the final platting of the proposed hospital to the city, but were ultimately unsuccessful, when the city upheld the P&Z decision that granted a final subdivision plan for 30.745 acres at the former country club.

The property was then zoned high intensity commercial, C-3, which will allow Las Cruces developer Bob Pofahl, and a group of unidentified regional investors, to proceed with construction.

“After a protracted and well-executed rezoning process, the property will be transformed into a mixed-use, master planned urban village,” Redfearn said.

Planned amenities including walking paths, bike trails and community gathering spaces will enhance the quality of life for residents in Park Ridge as well as the surrounding neighborhoods, according to Redfearn.

“This walkable, pedestrian-friendly community will bring a diversity of uses, employment opportunities and revenue to the city,” he said.

The project will transform one of the two main corridors leading to downtown Las Cruces and from Interstate 25, making it an integral part of the downtown redevelopment. Redfearn said the investment will result in a destination for Las Cruces and the region and will feature, as a center point of the retail area, the preservation of the original club house designed by the famous architect, Henry Trost.

“We’ve hit the ground running,” Redfearn said. “Getting the replat done was just the first step. I think it is going to be a great project for that area. That part is exciting.”

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