Developers plan New Mexico ‘ghost city’ for scientific use

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – Developers are planning a southern New Mexico city capable of housing nearly 40,000 people — but they don’t want anyone to move there.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Pegasus Global Holdings is pursuing permitting for a facility west of Las Cruces called the Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation.

Scientists and private companies will use the full-scale city to test things like building materials and technology on a larger and more realistic scale than can be replicated in laboratories.

Pegasus Managing Director Robert Brumley says that if all goes well, construction on CITE could begin later this year and it could be operational by early 2018.

The ghost city is expected to fill about 18 square miles and include specialized zones for agriculture, energy and water treatment.

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