A pitch is being made to build a family entertainment center in Alamogordo that, acknowledging southern New Mexico’s role in space exploration, will be called Lunar Escape.
As planned, the project will go up at 1807 E. 10th Street in a 1960s-era strip mall that last housed a Goodwill Industries outlet.
The more than 40,000 square-foot mall sits on a large 2-acre site.
Business developer Mike Elliott, in making a presentation before a recent meeting of the Board of Otero County Commissioners, said the center will have two interior black light miniature 9-hole golf courses, two themed escape rooms, four party rooms, and four virtual reality stations.
Plans also call for LED lighting in the facility’s large front parking space.
Elliott and his partners on the project say the center would be partly in response to a need for more quality family entertainment options in Alamogordo and the surrounding area.
The project, which will see the renovation and building out of the former mall space, is expected to cost around $2 million, a figure that will cover the costs of the structure’s acquisition, renovation, and equipment.
The Lunar Escape partners are currently researching funding options, which could eventually include business development support from the City of Alamogordo.
By Garry Boulard
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