Lobo football star Brian Urlacher’s entertainment and retail center across the street from Isotopes Park should break ground next year.
The University of New Mexico’s Board of Regents approved a long-term ground lease with the developers of the project Friday, Dec. 11.
The project will be built on one acre on the southeast corner of University Boulevard and Avenida Cesar Chavez. The property is currently a parking lot used during Lobo football and Isotope baseball games.
The development includes a 25,000-square-foot restaurant and bar, and a 10,000-square-foot outdoor pavilion with large TV screens to stream sporting events. There will also be smaller retail spaces, a tap room and nightclub.
The center is meant to provide more entertainment options near UNM’s South Campus for students, faculty, visitors and residents.
“These developers are focusing on the types of events that can activate this part of campus to create excitement and bring in crowds year round,” said Tom Neale, director of UNM’s Lobo Development, in a news release.
Those behind the project include Urlacher, a former UNM linebacker who gained fame for his career with the Chicago Bears, as well as Paul Silverman of the Geltmore Group, and Steve Chavez and Kyle Bodhaine of the acquisitions and development company SC3 International. The group operates under 54 Development LLC.
By: Stephanie Guzman (Albuquerque Business First)
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