Ask Mark & Sheila: Unser and Abrazo 4 Plexes

Written by Mark T Fiedler - The Mark and Sheila Team
March 27th, 2013

Q: I drive up and down Unser Blvd. practically every day, and I’ve noticed crews working on the 4-plexes that were never finished near Abrazo and Unser. What are they going to do with that project? Can I buy one of the buildings for investment when they are done? Larry in Rio Rancho

A: We’ve been asked about this project every month for the last couple years, and we’re happy to finally be able to give an uplifting answer! First, here is the history of the project: The units were originally built as standalone 4-plexes to be sold individually to investors. The construction was being financed by First Community Bank. First Community was closed by NM State Regulators in January 2011 and sold by the FDIC to U.S. Bank. When the bank closed, the builder’s access to the funds needed to complete the project disappeared. Since First Community was closed due to allegedly making bad commercial real estate loans, US Bank couldn’t very well make the same mistake, so the project was effectively shut down. The buildings were foreclosed upon and sat, deteriorating for a long time. They were purchased by the Lissoy Family Trust in the Summer of 2012 and planning to complete them was begun. Engineers evaluated each structure, some of which were pretty much completed, and some that never even got wrapped and stuccoed. According to Scott Lissoy, who is heading up the project, any deteriorated materials have been repaired or replaced and interior work is progressing.

The project’s original name, Puerto del Sol may or may not survive, but the owners have big plans. 18 additional buildings are underway, for a total of 128 units when the project is complete. None of the buildings will be sold, as was the original plan. All will be leased to tenants, starting in Spring, 2013. The new plan includes a clubhouse with a gym, a tot lot and an outdoor pool. All the units are 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and between 1040 and 1140 square feet. Each unit will have a single carport for covered parking. The upstairs units will have a fireplace and vaulted ceilings. Plans call for upgraded kitchens with slab granite counters, stain grade cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Some of the upstairs units should have really great views of the Sandias as well. It sounds to us like this will be a great final outcome for this project, which has been an eyesore for so long.

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