A project that could see the eventual construction of up to 10,000 new homes in Las Cruces has been given the go-ahead to develop a larger footprint.
The Las Cruces-based Sierra Norte Development initially said it intended to build at least 9,000 single-family homes, along with an additional 1,000 multi-family residences.
What is being called the Metro Verde master planned community will also see the construction of parks, light industry space, more than 1 million square feet of commercial and retail space, and some affordable housing units.
The centerpiece of the development, some 10 miles to the north of downtown Las Cruces, is the 200-acre Red Hawk Golf Club.
Originally, the project was to be built out on some 879 acres. But now the project, as approved by the Las Cruces City Council, will have a site span of just under 1,200 acres.
The first phase of the project, Metro Verde South, will also see a greater emphasis on the creation of open space, compared to the plan first approved by the city council in 2011.
The boundaries for the site’s expansion include Peachtree Hills Road to the north, Thurmond Road to the south, and McGuffey Street to the east.
It is thought that in the next two decades more than 25,000 people will be living inside Metro Verde.
By Garry Boulard
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