Corrales, Deming, Las Vegas, Silver City, the South Valley in Bernalillo County, and Tucumcari are all receiving funding for a number of innovative projects designed to spur downtown revitalization.
The New Mexico Economic Development Department’s New Mexico Main Street program is providing the funding, which has a total dollar value of $500,000.
The new funding will target the Corrales Pathway, a project designed to construct a pedestrian access route along busy Corrales Road, extending from Meadowlark Road to Wager Road.
Deming will apply Main Street funding to its Zia Sun Art-Scape Intersection Project, seeing the creation of public artwork at the intersection of Gold Street and Spruce Streets.
Upgrades and improvements are also slated for Rail Road Avenue in Las Vegas, between Lincoln Avenue to Grand Avenue, while Silver City will see the construction of public restrooms, and both artisan and events space, for its Big Ditch Park.
Main Street funding will also pay for improvements to a grower’s market at the Dolores Huerta Gateway Park in Bernalillo County’s South Valley, as well as the upgrading of three blocks, including sidewalk widening and extension, in downtown Tucumcari.
In a statement, Matt Geisel, the secretary of the New Mexico Economic Development Department, said the $500,000 will help the grant recipients with projects that “capitalize on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential to revitalize downtown districts and create centers of economic activity.”
Founded in 1984, the New Mexico Main Street program is dedicated to bringing back to life the once-thriving downtowns of cities, towns, and villages across the state. It offers support and advice on protecting historic properties and is licensed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
By Garry Boulard
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