The city has begun renovations of the interior of the Conoco Building to prepare for moving Visitors Center staff to the central downtown location.
Construction work also is progressing on adding two public bathrooms, compliant with American with Disability Act requirements, to the city-owned building at the intersection of North Main and West Fifth streets, said City Engineer Louis Najar.
“We are just adding some public bathrooms downtown,” he said.
The bathroom additions, expected to cost about $122,000, are funded by 2016 state capital outlay monies in the amount of $133,443, Najar said. Holloway Construction Inc. of Roswell is the primary contractor.
Renovations of another part of the structure will create an area for the city’s Visitors Center and its staff of three, said Director of Public Affairs Juanita Jennings.
That $33,000 project involves new paint, signage and window coverings and is paid for by the city’s building maintenance fund, Jennings said.
The Visitors Center is moving from the Roswell Convention and Civic Center at 912 N. Main St. The move is expected to occur by October and prior to the Convention Center’s upcoming 15,000-square-foot expansion and technology upgrade. Eventually, the city hopes to make additions to the building and the Visitors Center.
The Convention Center expansion is out for bid. City documents indicate that proposals from construction firms are due Aug. 3. The architectural firm of Dekker, Perich and Sabatini of Albuquerque has estimated construction costs at $4.76 million, with prior city estimates for the entire project at $7 million.
The City Council formally approved the expansion project in May 2017. Completion is slated for July 2018, with at least some of the funds expected to come from the Convention Center fees paid by people who stay overnight at commercial lodging businesses in Roswell.
The Conoco building used to be a service station and is believed to have been built in the 1920s. It has undergone several renovations in past decades and has housed the Visitors Center before. Neighborhood Watch recently was in the building but has moved to the lobby of the Roswell Police Department building at West Second Street and South Richardson Avenue.
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