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Westside project to transform Coors

Westside project to transform Coors gas station into retail — including a big restaurant name

Construction crews have been ripping up a former Westside Albuquerque gas station and Midas auto care location on the southeast corner of Coors Boulevard and Tucson Road.

In its place will be a new 12,000-square-foot retail center. The project, to include five to six storefronts, is being developed by Maestas Development Group. The price of the redevelopment has not been disclosed.

Chipotle Mexican Grill is the first tenant to sign on with the project. The fast-casual eatery is expanding rapidly in the Albuquerque market. Chipotle is alsoo pening a location across the street from the University of New Mexico's main campus in a former Denny's restaurant space.

Brett Hills of NAI Maestas & Ward is the tenant representative for Chipotle and was involved in both deals.

Hills is also in charge of leasing the new retail development on Coors and said he is negotiating other deals right now with national brands for the new center.

He acknowledged the difficulty of redeveloping former gas station sites. The remediation process can be lengthy, as tanks must be removed from the ground before construction occurs.

"It's a complex and time consuming process that takes a high level of expertise," he said.

Still, he said Maestas Development Group took on the project recognizing the many redevelopment opportunities along Coors — a major thoroughfare for those living on the Westside and visiting the corridor. More than 52,000 cars travel the length of it each day.

"We recognized a need for more retail services in this corridor, and the highest and best use for this site was something different than what was currently there," Hills said.

He expects vertical construction on the project to begin in early summer. Wilger Enterprises is the project's general contractor, and Galloway Planning, Architecture, Engineering is the designer.

Other development in the corridor includes Pulte Homes building 45 homes at Sevilla at Andalusia and developer Josh Skarsgard moving forward with a retail development across the street from St. Pius X High School.

By:  Stephanie Guzman, Reporter-Albuquerque Business First

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