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Civic Center public opening postponed for late fall

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The construction crew works near the entrance of the Roswell Convention & Civic Center on Tuesday evening. (Alison Penn Photo)

City officials said the Roswell Convention & Civic Center (RCCC) will be partially open for its first conference — the New Mexico Municipal League’s (NMML) annual conference, which is a week away — with remaining RCCC construction ongoing until the fall.

Juanita Jennings, the city of Roswell director of public affairs, said the public grand re-opening is scheduled for November. The community will be able to tour the facility, which is being managed by Spectra, and enjoy Spectra’s new food and beverages services.

Jennings said the Spectra team’s headquarters will be at City Hall until the end of October to allow construction to continue.

For 2019, Jennings said the RCCC can be booked and any interested parties can contact RCCC general manager Kenny Valenzuela at 575-915-2611 to make reservations.

Though the construction schedule had been accelerated to meet the start of the NMML conference, Jennings said various delivery delays for carpet and windows have influenced the new timeline. She pointed out that these unforeseen delays did not result from HB Construction — she described HB Construction as “great partners to work with.”

Jennings said the NMML conference from next Tuesday to Friday is not open to the public. She said attendees of the conference can participate in a variety of activities unique to Roswell, like tours of the museums, and a walk or 5K run on the Spring River Trail.

At this time, Jennings said renovations to the existing portion of the RCCC are complete, but the new additions are still in progress as the city is waiting for air walls to be delivered. Air walls are operable partitions to divide the new addition into four sections. She also said the new addition will close after the conference is finished.

Jennings said the windows should be installed the first week of September and the carpets will be installed in early October after the air walls are installed.

For other events planned for the fall, Jennings said the existing section of RCCC will host six event days in September and nine in October that will not affect the new addition.

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