$10 million Hotel Clovis plan proposed

CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle The city and Clovis MainStreet would seek grants to cover their costs of $1 million, according to Clovis MainStreet’s vice president, Lisa Dunagan.

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor

Hotel Clovis may become a home for seniors under a $10 million plan proposed by Clovis MainStreet.

The Clovis City Commission heard Clovis MainStreet’s vice president, Lisa Dunagan, present a plan to develop 44 affordable living units and retail and living space in the historic structure at Thursday’s commission meeting.

“I personally would like to answer the decade-long question, What are you going to do with the Hotel Clovis?” Dunagan said.

She described Clovis MainStreet’s plan as community-initiated development in a public and private partnership with the developer investing 90 percent of the cost.

Jonathan Reid & Associates of Albuquerque is the developer, according to Claire Burroughes, the city’s community development director. Reid has several developments in Clovis, including Main Street Town Homes, Villa del Sol and Parkside Village, Burroughes said.

The city, which owns the property, and Clovis MainStreet would work together to seek government grants to cover their $1 million costs, Dunagan said.

A limited liability corporation would be formed with Clovis MainStreet and the developer.

“At best this is a break-even project,” Dunagan said, but the benefits would be stimulating the economy.

Mayor Pro-Tem Randal Crowder asked, “Who takes the loss?”

“It’s absorbed by the partnership,” Dunagan said.

“We believe this is a win-win situation,” she said.

Commissioner Robert Sandoval said he “would certainly lend my support” when the proposal is formally put up to a vote.

Commissioner Len Vohs said he supported the project because it takes liability away from the city.

“My concern is down the road we are going to have to take care of that building,” he said.

According to Clovis MainStreet Executive Director Robyne Beaubien, the developer would receive 16 years of tax credit for the investment.

“It’s our field of dreams,” Beaubien said.

“How cool to have windows and lights (when you see the building),” she said.

The plan will be formally presented for action at a future meeting.

During the consent agenda, commissioners approved introduction of an ordinance to pay American Medical Alert Corp. $400,000 from the economic development gross receipts tax fund for startup of its call center in Clovis. The money would be used for furniture, fixture and equipment under an extensive plan that requires the company to meet specific employment and wage levels, according to city documents.

The city will act on the funding ordinance at a future meeting.

In other business, commissioners:

Voted to table action on a variance for a 100-foot flagpole to be constructed by Big Valley Auto at 3300 E. Mabry Dr. until safety and engineering assurances can be met. The city has a 35-foot height restriction. According to Mayor Pro-Tem Randal Crowder, the tallest pole in the city is the 60-foot one at the Santa Fe Railroad.

The firm’s Clark Wilkinson said at a Clovis Planning and Zoning Commission meeting they plan to fly a 50-by-30-foot flag on the pole, according to city documents.