A large swathe of farmland in southwestern New Mexico seems pleasing to the scientific community as the ghost town gets turned into a $1 billion-dollar experiment.
The uninhabited city, called CITE ( Center for Innovation, Technology and Testing ) will be built in the town of Hobbs where mayor Sam Cobb says the project will help researchers test new forms of renewable-energy saving technology which will include everything from intelligent traffic systems and self-driving vehicles to automated washing machines without interfering with people’s everyday lives, reports the AP.
“It brings so many great opportunities and puts us on a world stage,” Cobb told the AP.
Pegasus Holdings will be providing financial backing for the CITE project through investors.
The town covering about 15 square miles, will have houses, that have the basic necessities like plumbing, appliances, and furniture. It will have paved roads and commercial structures as well. The town will be modeled after the real Rock Hill, South Carolina according to senior managing director of Pegasus. Bob Brumley
“The only thing we won’t be doing is destructive testing, blowing things up — I hope,” said Brumley.
“CITE has the potential to fill an enormous void that currently exists in the world of testing and evaluation,” Brumley added in a statement.
Developers plan to break ground on the project on June 30th.