Peralta business considers moving

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The town of Peralta could lose out on revenue from gross receipts taxes after an announcement by a local business that their future is up in the air.

Volvo Rents, a company that rents out heavy equipment to contractors, is considering moving the business to Albuquerque following plans by the new Mexico Department of Transportation to install medians on N.M. 47 in front of the business. The medians would restrict access for customers and employees.

Jared Robinson, manager of the company, said he has looked at potential locations in the South Valley of Albuquerque to better serve its customers.

"It definitely would effect us," Robinson said. "We'll most likely move out of here. There's no way to get our semi-trucks with that kind of a design. We couldn't do business."

The proposed median, which would be installed at Worsah Lane and Crawford Court, is part of the N.M. 47 road project that covers a 2.7-mile stretch from the northern boundary of N.M. 47 south to Valencia Road.

The project will also include an underground drainage system.

Raised medians will be installed at certain parts of the roadway as a safety measure.

The $10 million project, funded by the state, would widen the highway at three places — Valencia Road to Crawford, Crawford to Peralta and Acequia to South Bosque Loop.

Robinson said the company's two transport trucks travel in and out eight times each in a day's time. He said the semi-trucks, which are 65 to 75-foot long, would be unable to access the business from southbound lanes.

He said the business brings in between $5 million to $6 million a year. The town collects gross receipts taxes from Volvo Rents based on the amount of income the business makes each month.

Robinson's father, Merrill, owns the Volvo Rents property and leases his land to Volvo Corporation. The business has been at its current location for the past 20 years.

He said he plans on filing a lawsuit against the state if NMDOT continues with its plans. He said state officials did not keep their appointment to meet with the owner.

He said he would go through the legal process before the business is relocated.

The lease with Volvo is almost fours years into a five-year lease.

"I'm not going to accept what they are doing," Robinson said. "It's ludicrous. It doesn't make any sense."

Peralta Mayor Bryan Olguin said he was happy with DOT's decision to either scale-back or do away most of the medians on the project.

Olguin "seriously disagreed" with the median near the Volvo Rents company. He said that particular area shouldn't need a median since it's not a very busy intersection.

"It's going to hurt their business," Olguin said.

Project Manager Kevin Eades, an engineer with Molzen-Corbin and Associates, said the design phase is complete with the exception of a few tweaks that will be done to the main design.

Eades said a median must go in that area because of crash data supplied by the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

Robinson said those tweaks won't help him from reconsidering having to move the business. He said he doesn't plan to give up without a fight.

"I don't have any choice."


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