The Rio Rancho Observer has created a handy and colorful map of all the recent activity in the Unser Corridor, or the Unser Gateway, as we like to call it. Check it out!

Unser Gateway attracts development

Development in the Unser corridor continues, with Presbyterian Rust Medical Center launching earlier this month construction of a new patient tower and City Hall giving preliminary approval last week to a gas station and convenience store at Unser and Westside boulevards.

Rust has budgeted $86 million for the six-story tower. The construction project employs 50-100 per day through fall 2015.

Construction started for Rio at Rust, a skilled health care facility, in January. The $10.5 million, 51,000-square-foot project, just south of Wellspring Avenue and Unser, will open between November and January, according to material from Matt Geisel, business relations & CVB manager for the City of Rio Rancho.


That facility will remain open around the clock, employ 120 individuals, including physicians and nurses, and provide therapy services.

The Rio Rancho Planning and Zoning Board on Tuesday approved a 4,504-square-foot 7-Eleven store, just north of Wellspring and Unser, on 1.26 of the 19 acres set aside for the Petroglyph Medical Plaza, which will eventually contain 60,000 square feet of Class A medical office space.

Additional construction has started at Unser Pavilion, between Rio at Rust and the plaza. Phase 1, already completed, included Einstein Bros Bagels. Phase 2 will include the Hanger Patient Clinic, opening in October, according to Jeanie Springer-Knight, a partner in Springer5 Investments.

Other new businesses at Unser Pavilion include Prime and Wise Pies, both opening July 1, Vanilla Bean Frozen Custard and Treatery, opening Aug. 1, and Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union, opening in October, according to Springer-Knight.

Springer-Knight said phase 2 consists of 10,000 square feet, with 3,500 to 6,500 square feet becoming available in July.

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