Demolition clearing way for hotel renovation

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Demolition work is under way at Hotel Clovis, which is being converted into apartments and business space. Construction is expected to be completed by December 2012.

Benna Sayyed

On the eve of the 80th anniversary of the opening of Hotel Clovis, a work crew was busy Wednesday knocking down walls to clear the way for a $12.8 million renovation of the downtown fixture.

Work crews are about two weeks into the demolition phase, according to Pete Wilt, Clovis’ director of building safety, which includes removing all walls that have no structural value.

Wilt said the residents can expect to see a lot of construction equipment and activity at the hotel soon.

After nearly 30 years of dilapidation following its closing in 1983, the building was leased by Taos real estate developer Steve Crozier.

The new Hotel Clovis will offer apartments and business space that officials hope helps revive the city’s downtown area.

City officials and Crozier expect the hotel project to be completed by December 2012.