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Businesses could inspire Santa Teresa improvements

By: Stacey Welsh

SANTA TERESA, New Mexico -- Toni Triviz has lived in her Santa Teresa Country Club home for about 30 years. She says she would like to see improvements to the club's golf courses and other amenities that have been in disrepair for more than a year.

"It looks like a grass pasture. We need something good to come in here and to take over to help us all out," Triviz said. Triviz also said she is hopeful New Mexico's plan to bring more manufacturers to Santa Teresa could give an outside buyer incentive to fix up the property.

In a news conference Friday, Gov. Susana Martinez (R-New Mexico) announced the state's plan to develop a bi-national community of new businesses and residential areas near the Santa Teresa border crossing. Governments on both sides of the border plan to use 70,000 acres of space for industrial, commercial and residential development. Martinez also said that plan is already off to a good start. The future Union Pacific rail facility in Santa Teresa and Foxconn manufacturing plant in San Jeronimo are expected to anchor the project.

"I really do think that this part of the state is going to be a mecca for the development of manufacturing plants of logistic plants of jobs and families coming to this part of our state," Martinez said.

As KFOX14 previously reported, a man named Greg Collins owns the land on which the country club is built. He reportedly owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in back property taxes. The land was up for auction last year, but no one has purchased it.

Despite this potential boost to the economy, some Santa Teresa Country Club residents feel it could take more than new interest in the community to spur any improvements.
"I don't think it's going to change. It's been like this for a while, and no one has done anything to improve anything. I guess they just left it out... left it out to die," country club resident Sawsan Almamari said.

In addition to possible improvements to the local economy, New Mexico's plan could be good for people statewide. The governor said new companies coming to Santa Teresa would have to agree to hire a large percentage of workers from New Mexico.



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