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City apologizes for convention center delays

The work still continues on the Roswell Convention & Civic Center with a mid to late October completion date estimated. On Friday morning, the construction crew was working on the windows inside and behind the fenced area. The blue and gray section shows the new construction and the light gray is the existing structure of the facility. (Alison Penn Photo)

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The city of Roswell has released new updates on the delays in the construction of the Roswell Convention & Civic Center (RCCC).

Kevin Dillon, the city’s project and facilities director, said the full project’s completion date is mid to late October.

In an emailed statement, Juanita Jennings, the city’s public affairs director, said pre-existing conditions from the building’s original construction created unforeseen obstacles. Among the preexisting problems, Jennings stated the city had to address structure beam issues and removed a buried oil tank discovered during the current construction.

Jennings said it is “simply not feasible” to host events while the construction continues to complete the project. Events scheduled were scheduled with an August completion date.

Dillon also said that all leases of the facility were contingent on the completion of construction.

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On another matter, Dillon said a state inspection was completed after Labor Day and necessary work made rescheduling events mandatory to allow the contractor to continue working on the facility.

“The city apologizes for the inconvenience the construction delay has caused to many event groups,” Jennings wrote in her statement. “This certainly is not the way the city had envisioned opening the renovated and expanded convention center, but we look forward to a greatly improved facility when the work is fully finished.”

On Tuesday, the United Way’s campaign luncheon was scheduled to be at the RCCC, but had to be moved to the Boys & Girls Club.

Previous coverage in the Daily Record stated the RCCC was estimated to be done in time for the New Mexico Municipal League’s (NMML) annual conference at the end of August. This deadline was not met, but the city used some of the convention center for the conference.

To host the NMML event, Jennings stated that special and temporary accommodations were used because rescheduling or relocating would have been “extremely difficult.”

At this time, Jennings said the city has lost revenue from fees and food and beverage sales due to the delays. However, she said Spectra, the venue’s management company, is “on board with the challenge to help make up the lost revenue.”

Jennings added that Spectra is “working diligently” with event organizers to relocate events booked in September, and she said that may continue into October events if necessary.

“We have prepared our October event holders of the potential hurdle for this month,” Dillon wrote in an emailed statement. “The city apologizes for the matter and we feel the final product when completed will be well worth it.”

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

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