City to hold Hotel Clovis meeting

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer

The city is planning a meeting today to update citizens on the progress of cleanup efforts at Hotel Clovis.

The meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Ingram Room of the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

Claire Burroughes, the city’s community development director, said the meeting falls under the umbrella of public input as required from various grant and loan agreements totaling $380,000 to remove asbestos, pigeon guano and lead-based paint.

Present will be city officials, and representatives from GranCor Enterprises and Encinias Environmental of Albuquerque.

GranCor, which has an office in Clovis, is handling the remediation and cleanup. Encinias provides oversight.

The cleanup has already started. Burroughes said it should be completed by the end of May.

Hotel Clovis opened in 1931. It has been closed since 1983.

The city took possession of the hotel in 2004 with the intent to move it on to a private developer.

City officials have spoken about a desire for affordable senior housing downtown, but have no solid plans.

“That’s one of the plans” being considered, Burroughes said. “We’re wide open to ideas from the public.”

Clovis MainStreet worked to secure the grant and loan dollars, and is serving in an advisory role on finding a contractor.

MainStreet Executive Director Robyne Beaubien said remediation is required whether the building is remodeled or demolished, and is optimistic the hotel can still be a part of Clovis.

“We’re thrilled the remediation has started,” Beaubien said. “We have a displaced pigeon problem, but that’s not a bad problem to have.”