ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque City Council voted Monday night to take a big step in paving the way for a new sports complex on the West Side.
The city wants to build a sports complex at the 81-acre property on Arroyo Vista and 118th Street, next to the Nusenda Community Stadium.
The $13 million regional sports complex will require light poles that are 80 feet to light the facility. But under the Northwest Mesa Escarpment Plan, light poles can’t be higher than 40 feet.
“We as a city are not above the law. We still have to go through the process like anybody else would in development,” said Councilor Ken Sanchez.
An amendment passed unanimously Monday night.
“We’ve had meetings with the community, they didn’t come out in opposition, they were supporting this. This is the only way we can get this done,” he said.
The first phase of the complex will be dedicated to baseball. Future plans call for soccer, volleyball and basketball facilities. Groundbreaking for the first phase is expected next year.