BELEN — Hundreds of new homes will soon be built on land overlooking the Hub City.

A ground-breaking ceremony was held Thursday, May 27, for the new subdivision at Jardin de Belen on the city’s west mesa.

Clara Garcia | News-Bulletin photo
City leaders, community members and developers broke ground last week at a new subdivision to be built on Belen’s west mesa.

LGI Homes has begun construction of the new development, which is said to build 77 homes in the first phase, with a total of 213 homes.

The same company has already began building on the city’s north side at De La Reina.

During the ground-breaking ceremony last week, Steven Tomita, the city’s planning and economic development manager, said the new subdivision will be able to accommodate 700-800 new people living in Belen.

Tomita said with more rooftops comes more economic development.

Belen Mayor Jerah Cordova said he was excited to see the investment in the community.

“Thank you to this awesome team … and city staff,” Cordova said. “This new development will have a significant impact on our city, and the increase in housing numbers will lead to more businesses.”

Councilors Frank Ortega, Robert Noblin and Danny Bernal Jr. all said they welcomed the new growth to Belen.

Ryan Salazar, LGI Homes sales manager, said he expects people to be able to move into the new houses by 2022.

“This is a home run for Belen,” Salazar said. “This community is a prime location because of the rising home prices in the Albuquerque area. Here, we can offer home ownership and affordable new homes.”

Clara Garcia is the editor and publisher of the Valencia County News-Bulletin, as well as the executive editor of El Defensor Chieftain, the News-Bulletin's sister paper in Socorro.
Clara is a native of the city of Belen, beginning her journalism career at the News-Bulletin in 1998 as the crime and courts reporter. During her time at the paper, Clara has won numerous awards for her writing, photography and typography and design both from the National Newspaper Association and the New Mexico Press Association.