Fidelity plans to put human resources services into the Mesa delSol space, creating 1,250 jobs for the area. "Fidelity's selectionof this location for a major facility reflects its great confidencein New Mexico's workforce and the quality of life provided at Mesadel Sol," Michael Daly, president of Forest City Covington NM LLC,says in a press release. The group will provide corporate clientswith payroll, health and welfare and HR services.

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Cleveland-based Forest City Enterprises Inc. has partnered withCovington NM LLC, an affiliate of Santa Monica, CA-based CovingtonCapital Corp. to develop the 12,900-acre mixed-use project. Thedevelopers expect build-out to take 35 to 50 years. Eventually,Mesa del Sol will have 18 million sf of industrial, office andretail space and 37,500 residential units.

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In January 2006, Albuquerque-based Advent Solar Inc. built an87,000-sf, LEED-certified research and development center in Mesadel Sol and Pacifica Ventures later that year announced plans for a50-acre Albuquerque Studios, finishing it last year. Sony PicturesImageworks also has announced plans to build a 100,000-sf digitalproduction facility in Mesa del Sol and more recently,Germany-based Schott AG unveiled aplan for an 800,000-sf plant to manufacture solar panels.

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Construction began this month on a 78,000-sf mixed-use towncenter, designed by architect Antoine Predock of Albuquerque as ahub for visitors, office space and retail. Meanwhile, the developerwill start grading its first residential lots in March. Model homeswill be open by mid-2009, with homebuyers able to move in by late2009.

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"With momentum continuing to build, Mesa del Sol has clearlydemonstrated that it will live up to its tremendous promise," Dalysays. Other development partners are the New Mexico State LandOffice and University of New Mexico plus the expected show ofsupport from city, county and state governments.

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