Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Airport upgrade stops at Eclipse.

Byline: Diane Velasco Journal Staff Writer

* City says it will keep its promise to jet maker but do no more for Double Eagle

The successful deal earlier this year to land corporate jet manufacturer Eclipse Aviation for Albuquerque seemed to bring with it a tail wind for West Side development.

The city of Albuquerque to accommodate the business when it makes its move to Double Eagle II airport as soon as 2003 promised to deliver sewer, water, power, natural gas and phone lines.

But those infrastructure promises will be kept in a narrow way for Eclipse and not on a bigger scale that might have benefited commercial and residential growth around the airport.

That narrow focus has upset some Albuquerque developers, who say such a move is shortsighted.

The city's lease agreement with Eclipse states the city "will cause" water, sewer, power, natural gas and phone lines "to be extended to the boundary" of the site Eclipse eventually plans to occupy.

Instead of hooking into extended water and sewer lines, Eclipse will make do with the existing airport well and a lagoon or holding pond, said Lawrence Rael, city administrator.

By providing the water and sewer system on site only, the city can promote Double Eagle II as an airport and industrial park without encouraging sprawl, he said. …

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