Los Lunas needed to spur more interest in developing its Transportation Center into a walkable, mixed-use, transit-oriented area. In the heart of the historic village, the station building and surroundings had been a regional transportation hub since 2006, serving the Rail Runner Express train system and local buses. The surrounding private land was not developing into the envisioned higher density residential and commercial uses.
The City of Raton and Raton MainStreet contracted with Sites Southwest to prepare a Downtown Master Plan/MRA Plan, including a designation report for the MRA. Sites Southwest conducted a public workshop with downtown stakeholders and personally surveyed downtown businesses to identify assets and confirm improvements the community wanted.