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Developer given go ahead for shopping center plans

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‘Multiple’ new tenants are planned for this southside shopping center in the 1300 block of South Main Street, a surveyor told the Roswell City Council, which approved the developer’s plans. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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An Albuquerque retail developer can begin work to renovate a shopping center on South Main Street following approval of plans by the Roswell City Council.

The owner of the shopping center in the 1300 block of South Main Street plans to “renovate and update” the buildings and property, including a large space once occupied by Skeen Furniture, so that several stores can move in, said Melvin Pyeatt Jr., a Carlsbad surveyor representing the property owner at the July 12 City Council meeting.

The council voted unanimously, 10-0, to approve the final plat submitted by Retail Equity Development 5 LLC, Retail Equity Development 7 LLC and Red Shamrock 6 LLC to the city’s Planning and Zoning Department.

“They have purchased the Skeen building to bring in more businesses into Roswell,” said Pyeatt. “They have seen that it is a prominent intersection in Roswell.”

He said that “multiple” new tenants are expected, although he could not give specifics.

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“The property owner hasn’t said what the business is coming in, so I couldn’t tell you what is coming in. But he is going to employ residents of Roswell to man the stores,” he said.

City of Roswell Planning Manager Bill Morris said quite a lot of work on the building will be needed, and the developer probably will sell some of the acreage to raise money for renovations.

“This building (the Skeen building), as you can imagine, has a lot of upgrades that are needed given its age and status,” said Bill Morris.

New Mexico Secretary of State records indicate that the agent and sole organizer of the three real estate interests is a Joshua Skarsgard, who lists an office in Albuquerque. He did not return a phone call by press time.

City Councilor Savino Sanchez said that news of redevelopment is welcomed.

“It is good to see that something is going on down south. We need that. We haven’t had anything brand new or new in that area,” he said.

The center, which is on about 6.3 acres and is bound by West Wildly and West McGaffey streets, is now occupied by Little Caesar’s Pizza, Kana Clothes LLC and O’Reilly Auto Parts, with a Watermill Express water dispenser in the parking area. A Walgreens at the corner of West McGaffey and South Main streets is on property owned by a different company, according to Chaves County real estate records.

The center’s major tenant used to be Skeen Furniture, which occupied about 46,000 square feet and was located there from 2009 to 2015, according to various press reports.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.