Proposed townhouses to go up in Portales

By Tony Parra

A proposed affordable housing unit of 72 townhouses is in the works to go up on property just east of the Roosevelt General Hospital, according to Beverly Bennett, Vista Nueva Realty realtor.
Bennett is working with Jonathan Reed of Jonathan Reed and Associates, a housing development firm from Albuquerque, on the proposed two-story townhouses.
Of the townhouses, 60 will be eligible for low-income families under Housing and Urban Development income guidelines, according to Reed. He said the remaining 12 townhouses would be at market value. Reed said the townhouses are rent-to-own.
“We’re excited,” Reed said about the project. “We know there is a need because of the new cheese plant, the growth of Clovis, the growth of the (Roosevelt General Hospital) and the growth of the dairy industry.”
Bennett said the housing units will be located on a 25-acre piece of land off of 18th Street and the back entrance road to Roosevelt General.
Reed said the two-bedroom, 1 1/2 bathroom houses will cost between $312 to $488 for those who are HUD-income qualified. He said the three-bedroom, two-bathroom houses will range from $355 to $558 for HUD-income qualified residents.
According to Reed, market value prices for the townhouses will be between $615 to $700.
County commissioners voted to give Bennett a letter of support for the townhouse village during Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Commission meeting. Reed said he needs the letter of support and the endorsement before Jan. 31 to help with a grant application to the Income Revenue Service for a possible tax credit.
He said he will likely hear if the project is approved by June. Reed said if the grant is approved, the target date to break ground on the townhouses would be March of 2006.
Bennett originally presented commissioners with information on an intent to build a senior-citizen housing unit called Portales Highlands Senior Village in a four-acre property behind the Russell’s Super Save grocery store.
“Jonathan felt there would not be enough room behind Russell’s,” Bennett said. “He has a vision of a larger village. He felt he could expand on the 25-acre property off of 18th Street.”
Reed said he will only build on six of the 25 acres. Reed said the village will have a basketball court, an exterior lot, community room, laundry facility, computer learning center and possibly a gym.
The proposed housing unit would have 20 one-bedroom apartments and 40 two-bedroom apartments.
“Jonathan was not comfortable with it only being for senior citizens,” Bennett said. “He wanted to widen the market and felt he could do this by creating housing units for everybody.”
Bennett said she receives more calls from those interested in family housing units than for senior citizen housing units.