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Site plan for Game & Fish revealed

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New Mexico Department of Game & Fish officials plan to begin construction next month on a new regional facility in Roswell.

A site plan for the new location was presented to the Roswell City Council in April.

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This graphic shows the planned orientation for the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish regional office. The red shapes represent the main building and storage areas. The blue shapes are for water retention areas and the fishing pond.

Planning Manager Bill Morris presented a slideshow to the city council on April 12 — the presentation was not an action item on the council’s agenda. Morris said city staff has been working with Bohannan Huston Engineering on developing a plan for the NMDGF regional facility on 16 acres at the Old Municipal Airport.

During an Infrastructure Committee meeting on March 19, Councilors Juan Oropesa, Jeanine Corn Best, George Peterson and Caleb Grant recommended the site plan for approval with a unanimous vote of 4 to 0.

Morris said the city has provided a waterline for the new office.

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“Just for the public information, this site is being built on city property correct?” Oropesa asked Morris. “They are going to sign a lease and they are the ones going to build this project — but at some point, if they decide to walk away from it all the property, buildings and so forth revert to the city of Roswell — is that correct?”

Morris confirmed that Oropesa was correct in both instances.

The facility will be north of College Boulevard, adjacent to the Noon-Optimist baseball fields, and will be just to the east of the future Nevada Avenue alignment. NMDGF will create a roadway between the Noon-Optimist fields and the facility, Morris said.

As part of the site plan, Morris said pipe rail fence with a large entrance gate will be installed around the facility with the central office in the middle of the site. The design standards will the same as the department’s Albuquerque office. Councilor Steve Henderson asked if there would be any type of protection around the fishing area and Morris confirmed that entrance to the fishing area would be regulated.

Morris explained that the plan includes a central office building, secured storage buildings, parking and water detention areas, a standard and 3D archery range, and off-road vehicle training area.

“What a wonderful facility for the city of Roswell and the opportunity for our residents to enjoy this type of facility and the training and information that will be available there,” Councilor Steve Henderson said.

City/RISD reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.