Planners seek to transform border town into destination

SANTA TERESA, N.M. – A non-profit group that operates a booming border town in New Mexico is working to transform the area from a place where people work into one where they might live.

Officials in Santa Teresa are drafting plans that call for the building of a plaza on an upslope, surrounded by Mediterranean-style housing and international restaurants.

Such developments also could include hotels, retail stores and entertainment attractions that would turn this industrial park into a new hot spot just a stone’s throw away from the U.S.-Mexico border.

Christopher Lyons, who owns the Santa Teresa industrial area, says the idea for the plaza and housing has been floating around for years.

Santa Teresa is near the busy ports of entry in El Paso, Texas. The town has its own port of entry and brings in millions of revenue for New Mexico.