Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Duke City Dallied On Annexation.(West Side Journal)

Byline: Joshua Akers Journal Staff Writer

Quail Ranch Vote Due Wednesday

Quail Ranch was always supposed to be part of Albuquerque, but after 17 years of delays by Albuquerque and changes of development rules in the county, the developer and his partners decided to look north, to Rio Rancho.

The 6,500-acre development, once known as the Black Ranch, is now part of a 12,000-acre annexation request before the Rio Rancho City Council. It would add over 18 square miles to Rio Rancho and push the city limits deep into northern Bernalillo County.

In April, West Side developer John Black put in a courtesy call to Bernalillo County and the city of Albuquerque the day the annexation petition was submitted to let them know he was offering the planned development to Rio Rancho.

"We felt the attitudes toward our project in the city of Albuquerque were not improving but deteriorating," Black said in a telephone interview Friday. …

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