Despite some debate and consideration, a site plan for a Furniture Row was approved by Rio Rancho’s governing body at their Feb. 8 meeting.
Furniture Row is the latest addition to The Village, a center planned to go on Westside Blvd. near Unser Blvd.
But the site plan, which included the company’s designs of the building, caused concern for most of the council members and the mayor because of the colors Furniture Row would use: black, white and gray tones.
Councilor Paul Wymer asked if the company would be willing to match the colors of the adjacent Cabezon neighborhood.
“These are, in my opinion, significantly different from what the rest of the buildings are going to look like. I prefer to see them work with the color palette that is required by Cabezon,” he said.
Others shared his concern. Mayor Gregg Hull added that Cabezon is what is called a gateway neighborhood. The border of Rio Rancho is not far from the edge of the neighborhood so it is one of the first things people see when they drive into the city.
“How big of a thing is this? Because quite frankly this is just a simple site plan,” he said.
He added that the other buildings in the area have had no problem following the color scheme. He cited Presbyterian Rust Hospital and the incoming Lotaburger as examples.
The company explained that the color scheme is to give the store some individuality for branding purposes. They also asked if the color palette of Cabezon is a requirement or a recommendation.
Councilor Karissa Culbreath suggested the council and company put the colors aside for now and approve the site plan without it.
“I think after I got asked about roads, the second common question was what’s going to finally happen with all that dirt that’s been moving around for about a year or a little bit longer,” she said.
Culbreath added that she and the other members of the governing body just don’t want a “hodgepodge” of colors as people come into the city.
“You know and I know this governing body wants you to move forward, but we want to make sure that we’re all working together to get the right outcome for the Cabezon community right?” she said.
The site plan passed unanimously without the the section about the colors.