Hotel Clovis redevelopment still possible

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File photo The affordable housing ordinance’s failure — more than 58 percent of voters disapproved — has left a gap in funding that will now have to fill to accomplish the proposed project. Sharna Johnson While the Affordable Housing Ordinance died at the polls Tuesday, a proposed project to redevelop Hotel Clovis isn’t off the […]

Clovis housing agency receives grant

Clovis Housing and Redevelopment Agency, Inc., has been awarded $41,632 through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to a release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The agency is one of seven state agencies that received a total of $524,949 in grant monies. Funding was awarded under HUD’s Family Self […]

City adopts downtown renewal strategy

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Downtown Clovis is one step closer to renewal. City Commissioners on Thursday night adopted a Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Plan for the downtown area that enables the city to acquire, own, lease, improve and dispose of properties in order to attract economic activity. Bob McCabe and Phyllis Taylor with Sites […]

Clovis officials seek redevelopment tax

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Local officials want the state to authorize a special redevelopment tax, but city commissioners would have to approve it before it could be enacted, according to a local economic development official. The potential tax is part of a five-pronged package the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce and Clovis Industrial […]

Curry County Commission

Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Highlights from Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting: – The La Casa Senior Center requesting funding to improve services for area senior citizens. The commission would accept bids and serve as contractor if the funds are granted. – Commissioners Tim Ashley and Pete Hulder were chosen by lottery to serve on […]

Cannon supporters advised to be prepared

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The advice of base redevelopment veteran Eric Williams resonated Tuesday at a meeting of Clovis and Portales jurisdiction representatives. The executive director of Reese Technology Center, a business campus which stands in lieu of Reese Air Force Base, told the same group last Wednesday to, above all, be prepared. […]

Principles outlined for base challenges

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Representatives from Clovis, Portales, Roosevelt County and Curry County converged under one roof Wednesday and emerged with a tentative plan for action, should Cannon Air Force Base require expansion or redevelopment. The base-closing commission will send its revised list Sept. 8 to the president for approval, but whether or […]

Community leaders interested in exploring Cannon redevelopment

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Should Cannon Air Force Base close, its F-16s bequeathed to far away places, Mayor David Lansford wants to be prepared. That’s why the mayor invited the government entities of the Clovis-Portales area together for a Wednesday morning, closed-door meeting. The guest speaker is Eric Williams, the executive director of […]

State funds Clovis Hotel study

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Built in 1931, Hotel Clovis has been unoccupied for 22 years. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Hotel Clovis still towers above the city, but after 22 years of dormancy and neglect, the nationally recognized historic site still has no tenant. The state recently pledged funds to assess the level of […]

Metro designation could aid downtown growth

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer If the Clovis City Commission votes later this year to establish a Metropolitan Redevelopment Area downtown, 14 blocks of Main Street and the surrounding area could be transformed. Private contractors representing the state economic development department presented a plan to area residents last week that would hand control to […]