CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Taos developer Steve Crozier has proposed an environmentally green housing complex in Hotel Clovis that will also preserve the historic significance of the building that was constructed on Main Street in 1931.
The city is in the process of reviewing plans submitted for a housing project at Hotel Clovis. No construction date has been set, but contractors could have the go-ahead to begin work in as little as a week.
Building Safety Director Pete Wilt said he received the plans Monday afternoon and is beginning a review process he expects will take about two weeks.
Clovis Legislative and Community Relations Director Claire Burroughes said while Steve Crozier of Tierra Realty had provided conceptual drawings to the city previously, the plans submitted Monday are the first full plans the city has received on the project.
The plans, more than 100 pages of scale architectural drawings, detail conversion of the historic hotel into a proposed housing development.
In addition to the nine-story hotel, two buildings would be constructed to contain apartments to create 59 units.
Wilt said he has not received a permit application from Crozier, “but if he gets me the permit application in, I can get him a building permit fairly quickly.”
Wilt said it is possible for the contractor to begin reconfiguration inside the hotel while he is reviewing the plans.
“They could start probably at the end of this week if they really had a mind to,” he said.
Burroughes said Crozier, who is leasing the building from the city, is continuing to work with the state’s Mortgage Finance Authority to iron out his financial plans.
She said she spoke with Crozier Tuesday and though he has filed his building plans with the city, “he does not have a date yet,” to begin construction.
“He has until December the thirty-first of 2012 to do this building,” Burroughes said.
MFA officials have said he must show he can fully fund the project by the end of the month so he can keep federal tax credits that have been allocated for him.
Clovis voters defeated an affordable housing plan during an Aug. 2 special election that would have paved the way for Crozier to receive up to $1.4 million in loans and grants from the city to bridge a gap in his funding for the $12.8 million low-income housing development.
Numerous attempts to contact Crozier have been unsuccessful.