Rocket Racing League Pays Rent 8 Months Late, Neglects to Build Firewalls in New Hangers

City won’t bail out of deal with Rocket Racing
Las Cruces Sun-News

The council could have terminated the leases during its Monday meeting at City Hall, and in essence did so. But an alternative lease agreement with the two new conditions was adopted by the council in place of an agreement that was modified June 14. A provision in the old lease stipulated that hangars on two of the six parcels had to be completed by Jan. 15, which Airport Manager Lisa Murphy said was highly unlikely.

New Mexico’s Construction Industries Division inspectors have ordered construction stopped on the hangars because of a dispute regarding firewalls required in the hangars. The hangars are about 80 percent complete, but CID officials refuse to issue certificates of occupancy because the firewalls have not been built.

The problems were compounded when Rocket Racing League didn’t make lease payments on the six parcels, totaling $12,000, until last week. The payments were due to the city on May 1.