One of a handful of New Mexico National Guard armories to be closed down four years ago in a cost-cutting move, an armory in Tucumcari will soon be re-purposed by Mesalands Community College.
The school, which purchased the one-story, 21,500 square foot structure at 1200 S. 11th Street late last year, wants to use the space as a student center and for community events.
Situated on nearly 8 acres, the armory is located roughly a mile to the south of Mesaland’s main campus at 911 S. 10th Street.
A National Guard officer in 2015 said the Tucumcari closure was the result of a study showing that not enough armory square footage across the state was being utilized.
School officials say the armory’s existing classrooms and office space will probably be updated. Earlier reports indicated that the armory, which was built in the late 1980s, may also be used for classes requiring workspace.
A portion of the building will additionally be readapted for use as an art gallery.
Work on the structure is expected to begin this spring with a completion date in time for the fall 2020 semester.
By Garry Boulard